Read an exciting and inspiring travelogue written by Natalia Pakhomova especially for Firebird Tours blog and learn what's there to see and to do in South Africa and why it's a must for any globetrotter seeking for a new destination. And of course, browse a program we've created for your South African vacation.
My travels in Africa became a trip of a "first time" and for so many things and it can be compared with falling in love. Because when you fall in love you are all of a sudden kind and open minded and brave, you become inspired. You are true to yourself and see the world in its best colors, including you.
We start the journey from arriving to Durban and outside of the area in Chanteclair lodge. I am amazed by the new scenery, so different and unique to what you are used to. It is plentiful of NEW in Africa. Like if you travel to a different planet and it is a treat for all senses. You dive in the animal world, and smiles of local Zulu people who are just happy from everyday life. You try the yummy foods that are often cooked on bonfire like Braai and Poiki and of course the local favorite snack Biltong. You are swimming in the sounds of nature and bathe in the golden rays of sun. When traveling through Kwazulu-Natal region we are hopping in and out of the natural preserves and game parks with its abundant wildlife to driving around the Meadlands. These views strike you with a contrast of the English clean looking farms and lands with race horses; and bushes and giraffes staring at you and crossing the road random elephant among aloe trees and cactuses - just 20 minutes drive apart from each other.
Here, I warm up at the fire in the camp of Zingela or in front of the fire place in a lodge which is essential part of every house in winter season, where we have eye opening and thought provoking conversations about life, challenges, amazing people who make a change by trying to preserve rhinos, about local cultures. I connect to the universe when gazing at the stars and milky way with such a fantastic clear sight that I have never seen before. I awaken from the pleasant breeze of a fresh wind in the mountains of Oribi to a stunning view. I connect to the nature and it makes me want to share all this awakening energy with you. So that you also can catch the rhythm of love and then tell your own story.
The NEW first timers that you can try to experience and after that discover your new self:
Driving a 4x4 on the off road ways of natural parks. You can drive, sure now step up to a more challenging road of course with help of the professional friends it is all easy peasy.
Walk on a suspension bridge in the height of 70 meters above the ground. Of course it is all safe (it designed to hold up to 70 tons). But as you cross over the bridge, while it sways back and forth, one can’t but help looking down through the wire mesh floor to the tree tops far below. Overcoming the fears is one more check to be proud of your self :). Ah and if a 3 year old runs over it right after you were just “turtling” your way… well that’s just a very brave kid :)
Abseiling (rappelling) with a stunning view of Zingela mountains. Trust to your guide and story-teller Jagolus and bond with the amazing people who are with you conquering the heights. They say it is “kids” stuff.
Sleep in the open house of the natural park and really connect to nature
The surfing lesson in the warm waters of Indian Ocean. It is winter time but it is so warm you will have a thrill just playing in the waves
Hugging a curious elephant randomly passing by, chasing Giraffes or just staring at each other, studying carefully. The list can go on forever, but it's always better to come and experience it yourself!