South Africa

South Africa, March 2019: Addo Elephant National Park

Few experiences epitomize Africa more than a safari, and South Africa is one of the continent’s top safari destinations. Kruger is the jewel in the country’s national park crown, but we chose to spend our first safari experience at and around Addo Elephant National Park.

 South Africa, March 2019: Addo Elephant National Park

South Africa, March 2019: The Garden Route

The heartbreak of bidding farewell to Cape Town was assuaged by the excitement of what lay ahead between us and Addo, a route known as the Garden Route. Driving straight through to Addo on the quickest route would take about 9 hours, but we broke the drive up over 8 days, taking scenic detours when possible and spending some time by the beach and at other noteworthy destinations along the way.

South Africa, March 2019: The Garden Route

South Africa, March 2019: Cape Town

Africa evokes contrasting images: sun-drenched savannahs, stunning wildlife, and a captivating array of tribes, cultures, and traditions on the one hand and a dark colonial past, crushing poverty, pervasive corruption, and destructive wars on the other. It’s a massive continent that tends to dazzle travelers with the former and confront their preconceptions of the latter. After getting a taste of North Africa (a part of Africa very different from the Sub-Saharan) in Morocco last year, we wanted to see more of this immense and varied land; having started our African explorations at the northern end of the continent, we figured why not go next to the southern end?

South Africa, March 2019: Cape Town