Two weeks ago I came back from the Southern Africa Discovery experience, and I just wanted to share a little bit of what we did and how I found it!
The first week is all based at Kruger National Park. There is no better way of feeling in Africa than driving around all day on the lookout for animals you’ve only ever seen in captivity, if even that.
We were lucky enough to see the Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo. The guides are very knowledgeable about all the wildlife, and will go out of their way to fin`d answers to things they don’t know. On the last day, we had the option of going for a walk in the park. I thought it was a joke initially, but nope, the walk went ahead! We saw a few impalas, birds, and a family of lions with cubs. Crazy experience and definitely got the heart racing!
The 2 weeks in the middle of the trip is the volunteering section. This is in Swaziland and gives you a chance to really get to know the culture of the country. I was part of the sports team which goes to preschools in the morning and helps at the homework club in the afternoons. Some things I helped with was ball skills, swimming, running (they are a lot faster than me), speaking English, reading, and maths. There was a wide range of things happening in this section of the trip including ziplining, watching professional football games, the Marula festival (dancing in front of the Swazi King!), and a lot of swimming at the lodge to cool down at the end of the day. The locals are super friendly here and a man even tried to buy me in exchange for some cows!!
The last week is the “holiday” part of the trip, based in Mozambique. This is a hot country so swimming was essential every day, not hard when the beach is right outside your doorstep!! We did a range of activities here including an ocean safari – involving swimming with a whale shark, kayaking to a local island for lunch, a sundowners sail (as pictured above), scuba diving, a city tour, and visiting the local markets for souvenirs.
I would highly recommend this experience.
As you can see, it involves a range of countries and activities. That is what I liked most about it, I got to see and try so many different things. The All Out Africa team are always there to help and support you all the way through the trip. You are never alone or confused, as they are locals and have dealt with almost every problem already that may come up. This is a good organisation to be a part of because of the good they do for the Swazi community in need. So not only do you get something out of it all, you are also giving back and helping.