So this is the story of the extraordinary trip, arranged by Original Travel, that we took as a family a few months ago. A wonderful voyage of discovery, to explore the beauty of South Africa and discover those who inhabit the entire region: the animals. And so we set off for the rainbow nation, heading first to Durban, to begin our journey by exploring the Santa Lucia Park, the largest in Africa, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its lakes, its cliffs, its forests: there is so much to see. You don’t sleep much there, or at least you live according to the rhythm of the animal population. And so it was, at dawn, that we embarked on a boat, with a guide, to see the hippos as well as a few crocodiles, which were also passing by that day. Not a sound, just them and their belly dancing. We learned to tell the difference between males and females. Their eyes are astonishing. Then we left the area and drove for a few hours to Nelspruit to explore the famous Blyde River Canyon reserve, it’s only the third-largest in the world, that’s all! A breathtaking variety of terrains, and a pause, suspended 700 m above the river, overlooking waterfalls and natural pools such as we had only ever seen only in books or at the cinema! An extraordinary natural spectacle in a region close to Kruger, where you can probably already imagine what you will discover in our second photographic episode next week. Here we are, in the heart of the South African Far West.
The Voyageurs Collection is a member of ATR – an organisation that is Acting for Responsible Tourism – and is currently in the process of being certified by ECOCERT.
Photography & Text: Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily