15 Photos That Will Make You Want to Move to South Africa
Yes, I said it, MOVE to South Africa - I'm that confident! Well, at the very least, 'visit.'
Last month I had the pleasure of visiting a country very high on my bucket list; a country that has been on my list long before I'd even picked up a camera. That country... is South Africa. Located at the Southern tip of Africa, the South African coastline stretches more than 2,500 kilometres, so you can already see the massive appeal it would have for a landscape/seascape photographer like myself. And, whilst I definitely visited for the coastline, I'd go back for the mountains!
But it's not all mountains and coastlines that make South Africa so incredible, the cities are bustling with life and light come sunset! Cape Town and Johannesburg are the two most populous cities of SA and are thriving tourist destinations. I don't want to play favourites, but I think Cape Town is my new favourite city... in the world! I mean, how many cities do you know surrounded by mountains, coastlines and beautiful scenery?
Okay, so beautiful scenery and vibrant cities may not appeal to everyone, but don't worry - I've left the most exciting for last! Animals! It's no secret that the continent of Africa is home to some of the most incredible wildlife to have walked this earth, but to see the majority of them in just a single country is pretty special in itself.
During our stay in South Africa, we were fortunate enough to spend a few nights at the incredible Madikwe Safari Lodge, located within the Madikwe Game Reserve which hugs the border of SA and Botswana. The reserve is a protected area and was first opened in 1991. Various species of wildlife were introduced to the area, a few species at a time, starting in 1992. Madikwe is 750 km² and the fifth largest game reserve in all of South Africa.
Visiting Madikwe you can expect to see elephants, buffalo, giraffes, lions, hyenas, zebras, wild dogs and various bird and antelope species. If you're really lucky, and your guide is on the ball, you might even be lucky enough to see a white, or even a black, rhino. Luckily, on our final day we were extremely lucky to see both species of rhino. Staff of the lodge expressed their jealousy once we returned as they were yet to lay eyes on this beautiful animal during their time at the reserve. We all felt incredibly privileged.
There you have it, guys! My favourite 15 images from just less than a week spent in South Africa. Imagine what YOU could do if you spent just 2 weeks there! Oh, man - I think I gotta book another trip back! See you when I get back :D
If you want to learn more about South Africa, check out the offical South African Tourism page here: southafrica.net
Oh, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I'll answer them as best I can! Thanks so much for stopping by!