South Africa is a land with huge contrasts. We had lots of fun and got to see all of the Big 7 during our days in South Africa. We explored KNP and the Garden route and stayed the last couple of days in Cape Town, a city I really liked.
The vacation to South Africa in 2009 was the starting point of something grand i.e. Lensman.
I had just bought a new camera, a Nikon D90, earlier that year. The Nikon was the my first “real” camera since the old Yashica that I sold 1996. One could say that I almost started from scratch again.
We had three different things that I felt we had to do during the trip to South Africa. First we had to visit the famous Kruger National Park, you can find a separate Photo Gallery from the days in the National Park. Secondly was to cage dive with the Great White Shark and the thirdly was to travel along Garden Route.
A travel plan forms
It all started with the safari in Kruger before we flew to Port Elisabeth. We continued along the Garden Route towards Cape Town and the end the vacation there.
We stayed at St Francis Bay, Knysna, Cape Agulhas, Hermanus, Simon’s Town before we arrived in Cape Town. It was many hours on the road and I think I wouldn´t mind repeating this trip even if I would like to see more of the interior of the country.
The cage diving with the Great White Shark was a huge thrill. The water wasn´t as clear as one could have hoped for, but instead we saw almost ten different shark during the hours at sea. We also managed to see the Southern Right Whale at Hermanus meaning we nailed the “big 7” which includes Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo, plus the Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark.
This was really a trip to remember. Lots of fun, lots of adventure and of course good company that made the long hours on the road bearable.
I would redo this trip anytime with a couple of small adjustments.
Lake Kerkini is a good place to learn to know the charismatic Dalmatian Pelican. This colorful bird in breeding plumage is why I chose to go back to the lake over and over. They are real characters and hopefully you might get the opportunity to get to know some of them really closely if you join me there next year.
Kafue National Park 2017
Kafue National Park is one of the biggest protected wildlife areas in Africa. It is a National Park with a great diversity and one I really liked. I would like to explore more of this huge park in the future.
Mana Pools National Park 2017
Mana Pools wildlife greeted us in September 2017. We had many memorable encounters with some of the iconic animals you find inside this lovely National Park in northern Zimbabwe.
The Zambezi River 2017
The Zambezi is one of the finest and least spoiled rivers in the world. The basin has some of Africa's finest national parks, and many valuable species, ecosystems and wilderness areas survive outside these parks as well.