When my Mom decided that she wanted to visit Africa it didn’t take us long to decide that this was a trip that we should do together. We started the research of where we should go and which tour company we should use. We spent months looking at different options before we finally settled on a private safari with Naipenda Safari’s and they didn’t disappoint, it truly was a trip of a lifetime! This is a recap of our amazing journey and it was quite an adventure for all of us: Tammy Hermann, Gordon Hermann, Lorraine McQuillen, and Cheryl Millar.
Finally we are on our way from North America to Johannesburg, South Africa – November 2, 2011
Johannesburg was our first stop on our African adventure and wow it was a marathon day of travel! We got up at 4:00am to catch a 7:30am flight to Dulles, D.C and then a quick stop in Dakar, Senegal, and finally 27 hours later we touched down in Joburg. Considering the travel time, we felt pretty good! Had a well deserving hot shower and met mom and Cheryl in the lounge for a drink and we had so many laughs (not sure if the laughs were from the jet lag or the drinks!). Gordon has now been named Indi for this trip and our group is referred to as ‘Indi n the Girls’. Cheryl’s new name is Toilet Queen (she’s a lab tech and you can guess what she analyzes), and Mom’s new name is Budinski because she keeps butting in line (she does it with a smile so she gets away with it), and for me, no new name yet but I’m sure one is just around the corner!
The next day we were up early again to catch a short flight over to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – no time for jet lag on this trip!
November 8, 2011 – Joburg City Tour
On our way back from Zimbabwe we had to overnight again in Joburg. We decided we had time in the morning to do a city tour, so off we go. It’s definitely the condensed version but it still gives us an overview of the city along with some important historical information regarding Apartheid. The jacaranda trees were in full bloom and the city was covered in a blanket of purple, those trees were so beautiful.
We drove around the business district and downtown, we saw the stadium where the World Cup was held and then we headed to Soweto where some very important historical events happened and also where Nelson Mandela lived. It was very hard to see the slums and to see how some people have to live and what they have to endure on a daily basis. Basically they have no running water inside but have communal water outside, and they have to use portable toilets outside their homes. We don’t realize how fortunate we are in our country and we should have gratitude every single day for the easy life we have!
Later that afternoon we set off to the airport for our flight to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.
OMG on the plane Gordon grabs a magazine out of the seat pocket and out falls a British press pass, he shows it to me and pins it on his shirt with a big grin on his face (the press pass didn’t get us any extras on the plane though because we were still sitting at the very back). Maybe we will get some special privileges in Tanzania if we look and behave like journalists since Prince Charles is there visiting!
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel