African Adventure (the Video)

Okay people, this is it, the last post of our trip I'm going to share, the video footage.  My editing is not the highest quality and neither is Kyle's camera work, but you can definitely see some amazing clips of a plethora of animals, set to the "Circle of Life," from

The Lion King

, of course.  Hope you enjoy.

African Adventure (Part IV)

 I thought I was going to have the full recap of out trip to South Africa finished last week, but I couldn't neglect the last leg of our trip.  While, the safari was the most exciting part, we still had the pleasure of seeing a lot more of this beautiful country, and hearing about some of the not so beautiful history.

Post safari, we had to make our way back to Johannesburg, about a six hour drive west of Kruger National Park.  It was a long day of travel, but broken up with some amazing sights, including

Bourke's Luck Potholes

, the amazing geological formations where the Trueur River tumbles into the Blyde below.

The last full day of our trip was spent touring Johannesburg and learning about the history of the country.  We traveled to

Soweto

, the neighborhood and home of Nelson Mandela.  We learned about Apartheid and the brave individuals, including Mandela that were responsible for bringing about change.  It was a moving day that reminded us that traveling is not just about taking a bunch of beautiful photos, it's about connecting with, and learning about different cultures.  

African Adventure (Part III: The Big Five)

Our time in the 

Hluhluwe

 game reserve was amazing, but we had no idea it would get even better.  We continued our journey north, driving through Swaziland, a tiny country surrounded entirely by South Africa.  And just on the other side of Swaziland, we arrived at

Kruger National Park

, 7,580 sq/mi of pure nature and some of the most amazing creatures in the world.

When people go on a safari, often you'll hear them talk about the "big five," which we learned does not refer to size or difficulty to spot of the animals, but to the danger they posed to hunters back in the day.  The five most dangerous animals to man include, buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, and of course, lion.  When one goes on a safari, you unknowingly make it your goal to see all five.  We were so very lucky to have amazing up-close interactions with all five animals.

Our first drive through Kruger wasn't even our best of our three drives in this park, not even close, but I left that day thinking what a magical place it is.  It was enchanting to see whole packs/prides/herds/towers and zeals (that's what a group of zebras is called!) and watch the animals you normally see separated in the zoo, interact with each other.  I think I can say, with out a doubt, that the safari experience was the most thrilling thing I have ever done.  I can't give enough praise about this trip and this

tour

.  It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am grateful I was able to enjoy.