For my South African trip, I started off in Johannesburg doing a 4 hours bike tour around Soweto right from the get go. That night, I stayed at the Mbizi Backpacker Lodge, a friendly, house warming hostel located near the airport. The brother's owner was awesome. He was born in South Africa and so we had a great talk about the culture of the country. The next morning, Viva Safaris picked up at the hostel for my 4 days trip in the bush in Kruger National Park. After that I headed off to Zambia for the Victoria Falls.
As some may have said, Jo'Burg might not be the best place to get your first impression of South Africa. Cape Town is much better at doing that, but nevertheless, the places surrounding Jo'Burg like Soweto, and Kruger National Park, are amazing enough to force you to stop at Jo'Burg anyway.
How amazing you asked? The first photo on this page is taken at the Blyde Canyon on my way back from the Kruger National Park, and as you can see, it is breathtaking. I literally had to jump from one rock to another in order to get to that boulder and man was it worth the risk!
Note: I do not recommend you to do this if you are unsure because the danger of falling off the cliff is very real.
South Africa is not just about safaris, there are all kinds of landscapes from canyons to beaches. The people are extremely friendly as well (they all speak english really well). Nothing like you see in the media. So, don't judge this country before you actually experience it or else, you will miss a whole lot of awesome sides of humanity you don't see anywhere else.
For my trip, I didn't get to see Cape Town, since my plan was to visit Victoria Falls afterward but everyone I met recommended Cape Town so if you are planning the trip yourself, do drop by Cape Town. I'll be going there in the near future and hopefully go up the western side of Africa through Namibia and more. :)
March 23rd, 2014
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