Sitting under the stars and looking up at the moon with the quiet of my surroundings I realized how lucky I was. First meeting the man of my dreams, then marrying him and now, sitting under an African sky… listening to the sounds of silence. This was extraordinary. Breathing in the slight chill of fresh air and hearing nothing more than crickets sounding off around us.
The fire burned bright, the wood let off sparks which looked like lots of little candles. This was more than I could ever have imagined. We arrived in South Africa spent the first few days sight seeing and eating the wonderful food the country has to offer.
We visited markets and chatted to the locals. I was so impressed by how friendly and helpful they were. No one could do enough. Everyone goes out of there way. And nothing seems to be too much trouble. What wonderful people.
I was surprised at how modern and advanced the cities were. Then it was off on our Safari. We were so excited. Being married less than a week, we were loving our African adventure so far.
Arriving at our Game Reserve, we were greeted with Champagne, nuts and Biltong. Biltong is similar to Beef Jerky but fresh. We were taking to our private suite. It was unreal. The shower was outside.. enclosed in glass and when looking up, I could see the stars. It was amazing and unlike anything I had seen before. We showered and then met our Guide who was to take us in an open vehicle to see who was at the water hole at sunset.
Wow… I saw my first Elephant and Hippo that evening. I was amazed at the mere size of the elephants. They are gorgeous and we managed to quietly get quite close. The beauty of the animals at the watering hole took my breath away. Only then did I realize this is so real. My husband could not wipe the smile off his face. We felt like we were conquering nature. The Game Reserve had our table at dinner outside decorated in the most beautiful manner with gorgeous flowers indigenous to Africa. Staff at the Reserve played music, sang with gorgeous voices while we danced and later prepared their own special dance for the “Honeymoon couple”.
The next day, we woke up at 4.30am with morning coffee and Gert our driver/spotter was waiting to take us out on a drive again. Today we would see the animals awaken. We had been driving for no more than 10 minutes when Gert spotted the Lion. Immediately I was fearful but as he explained our surroundings and their nature, I felt myself relax and look forward to seeing them closer.
We were not disappointed. That game drive, we saw Lion, Rhino, Springbok, Water Buffalo, Giraffe, Elephant and Hippopotamus. It was spectacular. The sun rose into the African sky and my husband and I sat together in awe of our wonderful adventure into Africa.
Thanks to Timeless Destinations who not only booked our Honeymoon but made sure we were well taken care of from the moment we touched down in South Africa, until we flew back home. It was a dream vacation and one where the memories will live on forever.
Thanks to Janice Levy B of Timeless Destinations for sharing a wonderful adventure.