African Dreams

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Joy Adamson and Elsa

As a young animal lover, my birthdays were celebrated at nature reserves and farms. But my desire for Africa really began with the book and movie of Elsa, the lion, and her human family – Born Free. I read and reread this book so many times and dreamt of seeing the beauty of Africa myself. But this dream seemed way beyond reach. Until recently…

We began thinking Safari when our first trip to Egypt was cancelled. We had only a week to change direction and it didn’t seem right to jump into a dream trip that way, so we opted to wait. But the germ of an idea had taken root and Africa became a plan rather than a dream.

Victoria and I began exchanging ideas and thoughts early this year. We looked into some amazing itineraries offered by A&K and Tauck Tours, but couldn’t find one that was exactly what we wanted. And when you’re traveling so far, for so much money, you want what you want! Enter Rhino Africa. I’d exchanged emails with Renee Johnston before and I reconnected with her to get an idea of costs, etc., for a custom safari. Renee gave us great suggestions and put together at least a dozen quotes before we found the one that met all our needs.

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So here it is. In less than 500 days (499 to be exact), we fly to Johannesburg. We’ll stay only a night in this city, before heading to Zambia to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world – Victoria Falls. We’re staying a little away from the falls in a national park on the Zambezi river. We’ll stay for 3 nights, doing all the touristy stuff, before heading to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Three nights there, then onto Cape Town and the Winelands. Our last stop, and definitely my highlight, will be a stay at Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.

Now how to pass the next 499 days…

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