My First Trip To South Africa

I was both nervous and excited at the same time with my mind full of the adventures I was going to experience in South Africa. First I visited the Kruger national park which was teeming with exotic wildlife. This park was constructed to preserve wildlife and prevent species from becoming extinct. I traveled through one of the best game reserves in the world on the back of a gigantic African elephant. We stayed in traditional safari huts surrounded by wildlife. It was an unnerving but a tranquil experience. Next we went to the city of Durban which is famous for having year round sunshine and beautiful beaches. Durban is a shopper’s paradise catering every need. This shopping paradise ranges in everything from highly sophisticated shopping malls to local street bazaars.

We stayed at a beachfront hotel. The view from the hotel balcony was breath-taking. I got to experience the culture of Durban which was a blend of eastern, western and African cultures. Then we camped in the Drakensberg valley which is a world heritage site. The scenic view of the Tugela River was mesmerizing, and the peace and tranquility we got in the valley makes this place worth visiting. We went on a hiking trip across the valley and it was a rewarding experience. We then visited the beautiful town of Port Elizabeth. I saw the dolphin show at Bay-world. The experience was out of this world. Then I visited the African dawn wildlife sanctuary where I got to see different varieties of birds and the ferocious cheetah. Up and close with the animal I used to watch on the discovery channel was unnerving. Then I visited the Hubei beach. Port Elizabeth definitely lives up to its expectation of having the best coastline in the world. The best experience I had on the trip was the scuba diving at Bell Buoy. After soaking in the beauty of the colorful coral reefs, I realized an equally beautiful world existed at the ocean floor.

We then traveled to the economic hub of South Africa Johannesburg. Suddenly I was surrounded by tall buildings and other high structures. Still the point worth noting is that Johannesburg has lots of greenery making it the largest man made urban forest in the world. There’s something worth learning from this city. We visited a region Fords burg which had Indian roots. We then ate dinner in an Indian restaurant in Fords-burg and also toured around the market place. Then we visited the lion park where I got to pet the lion cubs and fed a giraffe. We were taken in a jeep to the inner parts of the park where we got to see other animals such as the zebra. I got to see the majestic lion. Its mere body was enough to strike fear into my heart. But I was convinced by my tour guide that I was absolutely safe within the vehicle. After a wonderful time at Johannesburg we were at the final leg of our journey and we decided to end it with a bang by visiting the city of Cape Town. We first visited the legendary two oceans aquarium where I got to feed the sharks from within the cage. Finally to take away some souvenirs of my memorable trip to this place, we visited the Victoria and Alfred waterfront which has many shopping complexes and amusement parks. I got to see many sea creatures at the waterfront. This place was thronged by lots of tourists as it had all varieties of shops and restaurants.

I wish the trip had never come to an end as no one can get enough of this place. I plan to visit this place in near future and recommend you visit South Africa too. I guarantee you that it will be an experience you will never forget. So start planning your vacation to this awe inspiring place. Cheers!!

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