Meet South Africa – The Jungle

In the second of this three-part series documenting my travels through South Africa, I tell you what I learnt from my very first safari experience. 

‘In the jungle
โ€“ the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight. In the jungle
โ€“the quiet jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.’

This song from The Lion King reverberated in my head as we set off on one chilly morning for my very first game drive on the last leg of our South Africa trip. I’d barely slept the night before out of excitement, and was up and awake before the crack of dawn, slathered in sunscreen and mosquito repellent, binoculars strung around my neck, and a nervous anticipation seated in my stomach. You see, I’d never been on a safari before and I was blessed that my very first time was going to be at South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park. 

A South African vacation is incomplete without getting a taste of the jungle life, and there are plenty of smaller game reserves scattered across the country that offer the safari experience. However, Kruger is the largest, most popular, and offers plenty of options ranging from luxury lodges to government owned properties. No matter where you stay, you’re guaranteed plenty of animal viewings โ€“ it’s Africa after all! I was in the jungle for two days, went on three game drives, and here’s what I learnt…

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