Our first week was spent in Cape Town, taking in all the things a first-time visitor would want to see: the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain, Stellenbosch wine country, Simon’s Town (to see the penguins), Langa Township of Cape Town, Robben Island Museum, The Company’s Garden, and Cape of Good Hope. All these stops were much more than we had ever expected; the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean coastline, coupled with the scenery of the Table Mountain range at the foot of Cape Town City exceeded our expectations. Our inhibitions and concerns about travelling to southern Africa were quickly subdued by the friendly, happy, welcoming South African people. Any of the above-mentioned attractions are due their time; we particularly enjoyed the visit to Robben Island and learning of the history and hardships the African people faced during apartheid. For our next eight days, we were headed to the northeastern corner of South Africa to visit the Kapama Private Game Reserve, as per my doctor’s orders. To get there, we flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg to Hoedspruit, which is a small town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Upon arrival at the airstrip, we were met by our ranger, who would be taking us on safari during our stay there. We were welcomed with smiles and pleasant greetings in the full sun of a +30°C afternoon.
And so it began—the portion of our trip that I didn’t realize would change me for the rest of my life.
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