So, this week I’m showing some of the amazing shots I got on safari at Kruger in South Africa. Visually amazing and a day full of wonderful experiences despite having to get up at about 4am and nearly dying on the drive there but I am not going to share with you about the safari experience I had. Safari’s are kind of self explanatory to me; you’ll either know why it is amazing and already see the appeal or it just won’t be your kinda thing. For now I want to talk instead about some of the other experiences I had that are illustrated more by the selection of shots from my first blog post in this series on South Africa.
I got to spend three weeks this year traveling around South Africa north-eastern coast; seeing the cities of Nelspruit, Durban & a small town of Bergville hidden up in the Drakensberg Mountains. The primary reason for the trip was to see how people lived and learn how to show love to them no matter who they were. I got to visit with a children’s village full of enthusiastic kids, go to townships full of people struggling to get by and yet full of hope, hospitals filled with the sick and hurting and yet willing to take a little joy in a visit from a stranger.
The landscape and wildlife of Africa are exotic and amazing, but it’s people are beautiful. They are open and warm. They will open up to you and help you open up with them. They will take the time to meet with you rather than rush past you to get on with the next task. And that is beautiful.
Oh, and the dancing and singing is super fun. You have no idea.