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I’m going to South Africa!

I’m going to South Africa!

Photo Credit: clarism_4

I’ve been banging on about my trip to South Africa for long enough now, it’s time to tell you what I’ll be up to while I’m there…

I’ll be following in the footsteps of Charley Boorman and if anyone has been watching his African Adventure on Channel 5 then you’ll already know that it’s going to be absolutely epic.


It’s an action packed week from the get-go with an afternoon spent abseiling down Table Mountain on the day we arrive! I haven’t abseiled since I was about 12 on a school trip and after watching Charley do it, it does look pretty scary!

Shark Cage Diving

Yep, that’s right. I’m going cage diving with Great White sharks. This is probably the thing that I’m most excited about but also terrified in equal measure. Shark cage diving is the kind of thing I’ve always said I wanted to do but with no intention of actually doing it. Just thinking about it now gets my heart racing. I’m taking the work Go-Pro with me so hopefully I’ll get some awesome shots and videos to share.

Kruger National Park

Female lions in kruger national park

Photo credit: ~BM

I’m spending three days in Kruger National Park at the lovely looking Thornhill Safari Lodge. I’ve been told that I’ll have the chance to “seek out prides of lions, search for elephant herds and spy the plethora of colourful birdlife darting through the trees. Afterwards, spend the evening relaxing at the lodge with a refreshing sundowner in hand.”

*Excuse me while I run away and do a little dance of excitement!*

On my third day in the park I’ve got three options as to what I can do. They are:

  • Visit a cultural village
  • Kapama cheetah project
  • Kruger park day trip
  • Panorama route day trip
  • Thornybush 4×4 Open Vehicle Game Drive

I have no idea how to choose which one to do. Any ideas?

Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon

Photo Credit: Alejandro Gabriel Alonso

On the way to Johannesburg I’ll be stopping off at Blyde River Canyon. This is the place where everyone takes those jealousy inducing photos on the huge rock hanging over an incredible canyon. We’ll also be checking out the Three Rondavels which are huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people.


Once I arrive in Johannesburg, I’ll be doing some wine tasting, visiting the Apartheid Museum and taking a cycling tour through Soweto to see all the famous landmarks.

To say I’m excited would probably be the understatement of the century!

I’m staying at lots of different hotels and lodges along the way. I have a very swish hotel in Cape Town and a rustic safari lodge in Kruger National Park that I’m very excited about.

I’m leaving on Saturday and if you’d like to follow along with the trip, search for the hashtag #WhatCharleyBoormanDid. I’ll also be posting all my photos on my Facebook page – The Travel Hack.

So, come on, help me out. Which of the options above would you choose to do in Kruger National Park? I’m thinking maybe the cheetah project… 


Sunday 27th of January 2013

This looks like the best trip ever! Full of excitement and adventure. I bet you'll be talking about it as much after as before...if not more!


Tuesday 22nd of January 2013

I'm very jealous! South Africa is high on my bucket list which I will see one day

Oceana | Barefoot Beach Blonde

Saturday 19th of January 2013

That sounds unbelievably awesome! I'm super jealous as well!


Friday 18th of January 2013

Oh wow, you're going to have an absolutely incredible time! I'm so jealous x

World Traveller

Thursday 17th of January 2013

You're in for an absolute treat! You're gonna have a fantastic time... guaranteed.

To answer your question about the Kruger National Park...most of the game watching drives is what you'll be doing in the KNP anyway. The cultural village will be of interest to you if you like tribal performances put on for non tribe-members to raise money. Driving to the Blyde River Canyon takes you via the panorama route which you will do anyway depending on the gate you leave from. The cheetah project brings you closer to the animals and you may have an opportunity to learn more about them or to interact with them.