Colette's South African Trip

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

This past October, Colette went on a 12 day trip to South Africa. She explored Cape Town, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Wine country, the African plains, and more! Accompanied by her friends Karen and Mindy, she was able to visit a part of the world she had never seen before.

featured: Mindy (left), Karen (right) at the Tampa International Airport

featured: Mindy (left), Karen (right) at the Tampa International Airport

It’s our medication for the flight!
— Colette Eddy

Prior to leaving the Tampa International Airport, the three of them enjoyed Ducky’s drinks in preparation for the 17+ hours flight; this was a distance of approximately 8,376.82 miles! The three of them arrived at their hotel, More Quarters in Cape Town, at around 9PM!

Their first stop after settling in to Cape Town was Table Mountain, an impressive mountain towering at 3558’ above sea level. After hiking for a bit, they experienced the height on an open-concept cable car, which allowed travelers to take in the gorgeous view!

The next day, the trio experienced more of the Cape Peninsula, visiting Cape Point and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Unknown to some, the Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms; many varieties of birds inhabit the gardens!

The Cape Peninsula, South Africa

The Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, African penguins thrive on the shores of Boulders Beach! From February to May, the penguins lay their eggs in the sand. This is one of the few places on Earth where penguins occupy the mainland.

Colette and the gang kept a copy of the Tampa Bay Magazine as they climbed to Cape Point! She submitted the photo to the celebrity traveling page, and is waiting to hear back from them currently.

Cape Point, South Africa

Cape Point, South Africa

In Cape Town, there were many colorful trinkets for sale. Karen left with a hallowed-out ostrich egg and Colette left with many vibrant photographs.

When stopping to eat, they spotted a beautiful Russian model. After approaching her—receiving much disdain from the husband—Colette discovered the model’s name to be Elsina Khayrova. She is married to a Russian billionaire who works for Putin, and the couple had just purchased a multi-million dollar home in South Africa.

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Stellanbosch, South Africa

Stellanbosch, South Africa

Traveling 45 minutes away, the three musketeers arrived at Wine Country! At Stellenbosch serves both world-renowned South African wine, but also artisan beer! They also visited La Motte Wine Estate for its historical vineyards and gorgeous views of the mountainous valley.

This day it was unbelievably hot, and almost all of the group passed out from heat exhaustion! As seen below, the exhausted group with glasses of water.

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Traveling with a tour group, they all ate like kings and queens at the Creations Vineyard in Franschhoek Valley.

Visiting the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, group members were able to experience its sweeping views of Walker Bay, diverse flora, and colorful birds! Afterwards, they visited Hemel-en-Aarde Valley for lunch; that means “Heaven and Earth” in Afrikaans.

Now to the safari adventures you’ve all probably been waiting for! After flying to Kruger National Park from Cape Town, the group’s living quarters were the Rhino Post Safari Lodge and the Plains Camp.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

While sleeping in the tents, Karen heard movement inside their tent bathroom. She woke up Colette, whose strong demeanor dismissively told her to go back to sleep! It was probably nothing!

As it turned out, the workers had noticed a local deer-like animal that would oftentimes visit their location and sit on the tent! This moved the items inside, which was what woke up Karen! It would’ve been nice to know beforehand that they would get a nightly visitor!!

On the safari, the trio encountered the Big Five in one day: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and Cape buffalo.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

During the game drive in Kruger, the crew experienced young elephants fighting, and something they’d never seen before—a young bull charging at the car! They saw a fierce lioness tackle an antelope, and saw a herd of elephants help the young cross a river.

Young bull charging at safari truck, Colette’s iPhone, Kruger National Park

Young bull charging at safari truck, Colette’s iPhone, Kruger National Park

In conclusion, it was an amazing 12 days, featuring some of South Africa’s most notable animals, places, and adventures. It’s sure to be a memory that lasts a lifetime!

Sarah Marie Adamson