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South African Adventures

South Africa

As my husband, Lee, and I plan our fifth trip to South Africa, I am excitedly looking forward to many new adventures and experiences. I am also reflecting on our previous four visits and how incredible each has been.

The first time we traveled to this mysterious continent, I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive. I didn’t know what to expect, and it was only the reassurance I received from our hosts at Van Wijk Safaris that assuaged my concerns. The sights I saw on the drive from Johannesburg to the lodge near Vaalwater in the Limpopo Province were amazing, but imagine my surprise when we arrived and I first saw where we’d be staying. Not bad, right?

Lodge and pool

It wasn’t long before we were acclimated and ready to explore.

Me

I saw so many animals I’d never seen before or only seen in zoos. Possibly the most memorable adventure of our 2012 visit was the elephant experience. Not only did we learn more than I’d ever known about the world’s largest land animal, but I got to interact with and even take a long ride on one.

With elephant

And then there was our excursion to the Entebeni Game Reserve where we got to see many more animals up close and personal.

rhino

As evening fell on the last day of our ten-day excursion , we knew this wouldn’t be our last visit to the captivating South Africa.

sunset

Just two years later we embarked on our second adventure with Van Wijk Safaris. But that’s a story for another day.

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