Growing up, one of my favorite movies was The Lion King. The scene where Simba found Mufasa helpless on the ground after the stampede makes me cry buckets every single time. So you can imagine my excitement when I finally went on that African Safari. Being in the wild and seeing first hand how these untamed animals live is just beautiful.
I am stingy when it comes to tours so I wanted to do a DIY tour to Kruger Park but that whole shenanigan was too much. Renting a camper van, driving 7 hours from Johannesburg to Kruger Park, camping, figuring out where to eat and where to drive every day to see the animals just puts my head in. Another thing I considered was booking a private game drive in a lodge where you don’t have to think about anything because everything is at your service. (Hotel pick up, buffet breakfast, comfortable rooms, sunrise game drives with champagne and cheese – the dream, right?) The view of the room will be the park and if you get lucky, you’ll have elephants greet you in the morning or when you’re bathing in their spa, a giraffe will pop by and say hello. But these were way over our budget! I even considered sleeping in one of the tree houses so I can have a romantic night under the stars with lions roaring in the dark and who knows what else will be creeping up on you while you sleep. All these were just a bit too lavish for me though. After weeks of researching, my uncle suggested a tour that just hit the spot! It was the perfect one for us and was just exactly what I was looking for, a 4-Day Classic Kruger Park Safari Package.
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I know it’s been months since our South Africa trip but here it is! It was not easy planning with people from different parts of the world; me in Sydney, my cousin in Doha and the rest of the family back in the Philippines. It was a 4-month planning program and everything was unsure until the last 2 weeks before the trip. I’m actually very surprised how we organized everything.
Before I talk about my trip, let me tell you how silly it is to apply for a South African Visa in Australia. You would think Sydney would have a SA consulate to make it convenient for people to apply for a visa but NO, they don’t. Ofcourse, Australians do not need a visa to go so why have one in Sydney? For people like me who unfortunately have to get a visa for every single country I have to visit, I had to go through the hassle of a “personal appearance”. So my partner and I had to drive 3.5 hours to Canberra for an interview with the SA Embassy – 6am road trip to the capital for my 10am appointment– poor thing. When we got there, I walked in and said I had an appointment, they didn’t even ask for my name! They just asked for my documents and took it. That was it!! No personal interview or anything fancy like that. I was so disappointed. I don’t understand why they didn’t just let me mail the documents. Oh well. I just had to let that out my chest! On the brighter side, I got to see Canberra and I was one step closer to my SA trip.
South Africa has always been a dream destination of mine and finally, there was an opportunity for me to go. Cape Town was truly beautiful. Not only was the place amazing, even the people were. Contrary to what you hear about how dangerous this city is, it was actually quite pleasant. The people were so honest, friendly and very accommodating. So here are the 14 things my family and I did in Cape Town
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Here’s my travel video of our short 1 week family reunion in Cape Town, South Africa. Since I moved to Sydney, I’ve had too many failed attempts to visit home. Glad it happened because this was such a better option. Enjoy!