"My heart and soul were changed forever when I had the privileged of visiting South Africa. This type of trip stays with you forever and I get choked up thinking about how amazing it was." - Kelly Burnett, Travel by Kelly
Africa’s natural beauty alone would make a dozen visits worthwhile – where else on earth can you fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring, or watch a million flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake? Parts of Africa boast scenery so spectacular, it will blow your mind, but the essence of this incredible continent isn't in any desert, mountain or lake. It’s the spirit of the people that infects so many visitors with a travel bug so powerful they’ll never stop coming back, sometimes against all sense or reason.
Travel... it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller!
Here are a few of my favorite shots I took while on Safari in Kruger National Park South Africa, I would love to tell you my stories from this unforgettable adventure.... Kelly
Cape Town -Blessed with breathtaking scenery and amazing beaches, Cape Town ranks as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Located at the southern tip of Africa, it's known as South Africa's "mother city." Historic buildings, great wineries, museums, parks and shops make this cosmopolitan port a highlight. Historic tours of Cape Town include visits to the country's oldest museum - the South African Museum; the Cultural History museum - which once housed a slave lodge and unofficial brothel; and Company Gardens - a park and a botanical collection, all while passing preserved Edwardian and Victorian buildings and waterfront properties. Table Mountain, surrounded by Devil's Peak on the left, Lion's Head on the right and Signal Hill in the foreground, Table Mountain is Cape Town's most celebrated landmark. A Swiss-engineered Rotair cable car takes guests up to the summit, providing extraordinary views as the base of the car rotates 360 degrees.
Stellenbosch -This university town of Cape Dutch buildings also houses the area's oldest wine estates. Visitors can explore its noted museums, shops and restaurants by foot or tour one of the many wine estates for a wine tasting and underground look at its cellar operations.
Zanzibar -Known as the "spice island" - a name derived from its plentiful spices - this 60-mile long island is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from Tanzania. It's also popular for its beaches and the old city of Stone Town.
Spice Plantations - Jozani Natural Forest Reserve (home to the rare Red Colobus Monkey) as well as a working spice plantation, where visitors can learn the history of Zanzibar spices and spice oils and sample the island's signature product.
Mombasa -This Kenyan city is the largest port on Africa's coral coast. It's also known for its bustling Old Town of exotic color, narrow alleys and old houses, and the starting point for safaris and other adventures into the continent's interior. The long and complex history of Mombasa begins with the 16th century-built Portuguese fortress Fort Jesus, which now houses an extensive museum. Other attractions to see and visit along the way include mosques, woodcarvings of Arabian chests and a stop in downtown Dhow Harbor.
Safari Adventure -
Kruger National Park-Try to imagine a national park the size of Israel, with huge tracts of acacia, sycamore figs and bushwillow interrupted by open savannah, rushing rivers and the occasional rocky bluff. Now fill it with lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffaloes and black rhinos (the Big Five), plus cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and many species of smaller animals, and you’ll start to have some notion of what it’s like to visit Kruger National Park.
Tsavo East National Park -An excursion to this woodland area, located between the Kenyan coast and Nairobi, allows vacationers to see elephants, leopard, cheetah, eland, klipspringer, gerenuk, fringe-eared Oryx and kudu. A game run may also be on the agenda.
Visitors to Mombasa also have the option to take a game safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve of Kenya. Considered one of the best game sanctuaries in the country, Maasai Mara is a short flight from the city, and safari excursions include a game drive with an expert guide to spot lions, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, topis, gazelles, black rhinos, and hippos.