In 2007 I went to Kenya to safari in the Masai Mara. It was one of the best holidays I have ever been on and it left me hungry for more: I was desperate to see Kruger in South Africa. So when my travel buddies (and besties), Nikki and Vicky, and I were in New Zealand last year, we started discussing our next fix to satisfy our wanderlust. I said I wanted to go on a South African Safari and there launched our plans for travelling Africa.
Nikki fancied Kenya to see the Masai tribes, Vicky was desperate to visit Rwanda which was central to her dissertation on the genocide, and I of course, was set on my Kruger safari. We invited a fourth travel buddy on this trip, one of my oldest friends, Sarah. She was keen to see penguins in Cape Town. With these locations as “non-negotiables” we went to Absolute Africa travel agent in Chiswick who were extremely accommodating to our very specific needs! Setting non-negotiable activities is a great place to start when you’re covering a lot of ground in a relatively short space of time.
While the ‘Ickys” adventure began in Nairobi with overland safari across the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, Sarah and I joined them later after spending a couple of days in Budapest. We eventually met in Rwanda and our African adventure began.
My trip was 25 days long and the itinerary was jam packed!
Rwanda – visit the genocide museum and begin our trek to see the endangered mountain gorillas
Uganda – cross the border to continue the trek and embark on some optional excursions such as a sunset canoe trip, golden monkey trail and a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave
Zanzibar – relax and drink cocktails by the beach in a posh hotel and enjoy the marine wildlife
Zambia – visit Victoria falls
South Africa – Cape Town to see the Penguins, Robben Island and explore the city. Then to Johannesburg for my Kruger safari, finishing off visiting my friend, Elizabeth, who had recently moved to South Africa with her fiancé.
Scroll through the next few posts to read more about each leg of my adventure!