Location: Richards Bay, South Africa

After waking up bright and early on our 4th day in South Africa, 11 of us disembarked on a safari with our guide Samora from Land Lover Safari Tours. We piled into a little van and made our way over to the Umfolozi Game Reserve. As we drove along the path through the 375 mi2 park, animals that we had only previously seen in zoos became visible through the windows of the van. Giraffes peered down at us while snacking on tree branches more than two stories up, and we watched as their long, purple tongues grabbed at the leaves. Herds of zebras trotted down the middle of the road, and Rhinos and Elephants eyed us suspiciously from their mudholes while catching a break from the heat of the midday sun. We spent our first night ashore in a little bed and breakfast in St. Lucia and fell asleep, hoping to see some of the more elusive animals like lions and leopards the next day. Hopefully, the next group has as much fun as we did, and we’re looking forward to hearing their stories and seeing their pictures when they get back.