The countdown has really begun now. Only 9 more days until we get up that plane to South Africa, Mpumalanga. Next Friday it’s D-Day! Then we will finally leave to see Mpumalanga, Land of the Rising Sun. What a beautiful name!
I’m so curious how everything will be there, and I have no idea what we will be doing there. We’ll just take every day as it goes and take opportunities as we see them.
One thing is for sure: I can’t wait to see our lodge! It has a little terras outside and a view on the Kruger park. We should even be able to hear the animals of the Kruger Park. As long as there is no cheetah on my tarras, I’ll be fine I guess 🙂
I really hope to do a lot of hiking to see the beautiful nature there, go visit some typical places, go into the Kruger Park,… We also want to visit Dullstroom, Pelgrims Rest (to see how the gold diggers lives in the early years), Sabie, Graskop, Blyde River Canyon. I’m really curious about that Canyon. I have never seen a canyon and it must be pretty awesome to see this! I also want to hike on the Panorama Route and God’s Window to see the amazing views of Mpumalanga. Maybe we’ll go visit a typical African tribe/village one day but I’m not so sure about that. I think it’s a bit sad to just march into their village to see how they live without the things we have. I’m not really sure that they like all these visits or just do it for the money they really need so I’m not really sure those trips are a good idea. Same goes for the special trips inside the safari parks where you can get a picture with a wild animal like a cheetah while you pet him. I think it’s a really sad thing because they sedate the animals just to be able to make that picture… So no I’m pretty sure we won’t do that either. I’m fine just looking at those animals from a far distance when they can just do their daily routines and not really be bothered.
Also, as I do love wine, I am curious to the real South African wines. I can’t wait to pop that first bottle an a warm evening, on our cute little terras with that amazing view of nature and safari, while listening to the bird and animal noises we probably have never even heard before…
I don’t even know what I should pack to go there… What will we need there? What clothes will we wear there? Shorts because it’s warm or long jeans because there are insects and stuff? Guess I’ll just bring my entire wardrobe with me… Just to be sure 🙂
I’ll keep you posted!