I was thinking of doing a “normal” looking back the year 2016 -post, but when I’m thinking back what has happened, I couldn’t think of anything to say. I can’t put my 2016 into any category. And I don’t know if I really believe in years. I mean, it feels kind of stupid to say that this year was bad, okay or good, and hoping the next one would be better. Because it’s not really about the years, is it? It’s about the life that happens and one year can be both good and bad — or just bland and mellow.
So instead, I’m just posting about South Africa again. I know! But I feel like that country has so many great things I’d like to share, but I just don’t have enough time to post about them all. So here are the highlights from my travel cam. I had both of my cameras with me on the trip, the big one and the small one. And the small one I carried with me whenever we weren’t heading to the “most important sights”. Still, it ended capturing some pretty great places though!
A safari was a must for me in South Africa. We traveled over 700 kilometres by a bus from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth to visit the Addo Elephant National Park. It was a clear choice because it was much more closer than the famous Krueger near Johannesburg, and it has the possibbility to see the big 7 instead of “just” big 5. And that’s what we did! It means that besides lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos you might be able to spot two more from the ocean: southern right whales and great white sharks. Even though – for my disappointment – I learned that great white sharks are hardly ever seen on the safari. So if you really want to see great white sharks I guess cage diving with them would be the best option, but that’s something I would never want to experience. I would have wanted to see one from a safe distance! 😀
Addo is the 3rd largest National Park in South Africa and the biggest, where you don’t have to worry about malaria – which is a big plus for travelers! We did our Big 7 with Alan Tours, I had heard lot of positive feed back from them and wasn’t disappointed. You can also drive to Addo by yourself, but I believe we wouldn’t have spotted as many animals without our guide, as most of my knowledge about the wildlife in Africa was based on the Lion King. 😉 And if you want to do the big 7 you need to book the marine tour anyway… You can read more about Alan Tours and our safari here. We didn’t see all of the big 7 seven, but I was still positively surprised that we saw so many animals. And not catching all of them on the first time just leaves more a reason to go on a safari again…. 😉
This was the first time I saw whale(s)! And we were told this Bryde’s whale is a really hard one to catch!
We went snorkeling with these cute cape fur seals in Cape Town, but I could’t tag my camera along to the water, so it was nice to see one on the safari too.