Travel has always been something that is an integral part of my lifestyle. I am constantly seeking out a new destination to explore. From city breaks in Europe, tiger trekking in India and exotic islands in Indonesia, safaris and sunsets in Botswana, travelling is what fuels me. Despite having travelled extensively, Africa is the one that captured my heart.
When the first opportunity arose to travel to Africa, I jumped at it. Being offered an opportunity to work for an international development charity based in Port Elizabeth, I got the opportunity to both meet local people, explore the beauty of this stretch of the Garden Route, the Kruger and many others in between. The dramatic coastlines with stretches of golden sand, picturesque rollings hills, lagoons, lakes and a stunning array of wild flowers and wildlife just to top it off! Despite its natural beauty, it was an absolute pleasure to work alongside some truly inspiring young people. This was all I needed to fuel my next adventure – to Zambia and then to Botswana and then on to the next and the next….!
I’ll never forget the first time I went on safari. I was filled with a childlike sense of excitement. Finally being immersed into the African landscape, watching springbok grazing, elephants wading across a river, giraffes battling for their territory even down to the birds – bright flashes a colour as they flew past. To top it off – relaxing with a glass of wine watching the vibrant sunsets with Acacia trees silhouetted against the sky, the glow of the moon and the thousands of stars overhead and the sound of the African bush at night.
African safaris are life changing – something that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.
Ask me about sunsets over Victoria Falls, drifting through the Okavango Delta or penguins, whales and seals in South Africa.
Rebecca and Angela were exactly who you would want to entrust with your important family vacation. All of us are busy and can only get together once a year, so it’s a big deal when we do. We left the planning in the capable hands of Jacada, and it’s a good thing we did, because they delivered a spectacular time that exceeded all of our expectations. Arrival - slightly less smooth than it should’ve been, only because our original flight was canceled. Jacada adjusted accordingly, reacting quickly to get us to Kruger. Kruger - An unforgettable safari par none. Even though we wavered on our plans and missed the opportunity to book at our desired lodge, Rebecca understood how important this was to us and shifted the entire itinerary to make sure we were able to get a reservation. I’m not sure what kind of magic she pulled, but I wouldn’t have wanted to stay anywhere else. Rebecca also gave us the suggestion of surprising one of our family members for his birthday with a breakfast in the bush, a one-of-a-kind experience we would’ve missed out on if it weren’t for Rebecca’s astute guidance. Cape Town - Really charming city, and we stayed right on the waterfront. Angela provided some excellent dinner suggestions that injected some culture into our trip. Our tour guide was excellent, proving knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, I was truly pleasantly surprised at the trip. Typically after a week, I can feel a tinge of homesickness; during this trip arranged by Jacada, I felt none at all.