Africa is one of those destinations that gets under your skin. It’s near impossible to leave unmoved by its magic, as I discovered earlier this year in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
My African odyssey comprised three unforgettable destinations: Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta, and Chobe National Park.
Although photographs could never compete with actually visiting this region, they have made for valuable keepsakes.
Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates as ‘the smoke that thunders’. And as far as names go, Mosi-oa-Tunya suits it perfectly.
As I stood across the gaping gorge from the falls, saturated from head to toe by its profuse spray, I was completely enamoured.
The Okavango Delta moves to a completely different beat. There I was able to enjoy Africa at a slower pace, whether it was on the ground during a walking safari, or from within the belly of a traditional Mokoro floating peacefully through the waterways.
This is the Africa to truly slow down and take in the smaller, otherwise hidden aspects of nature. While each stop offered up an amazing and life altering experience, the highlight of my trip was Chobe National Park with its daily game drives.
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There are wild animals everywhere. The wildlife is diverse and plentiful, and it’s surreal.
On my first safari drive I came face to face with more than one herd of elephants, more giraffe than I could count, kudu, impala, sea eagles, and one of the most impressive sunsets I’ve ever seen.
Most days I felt like I’d set foot in a David Attenborough documentary. And it never got old.
Africa’s potent allure comes in many forms: its people, the landscape, the wildlife. It’s easy to fall in love with Africa and its many treasures.
For me, it was the elephants. There is something about the way their enormous feet kiss the earth, how lovingly they protect their calves, that melts your heart.
A trip to Africa humbles you and puts everything into perspective. It leaves you in awe and wanting more, with the only cure a return trip.