aside From the city to the bushes. De la ciudad a la jungla. Safari

I have been a superstitious person since I was kicking my mother’s belly, I have never been fan of odd years, but I have to be grateful for all the blessings my family and myself have been receiving this 2021, if last year we had so many plans that were forced to be on paused, this almost extinguished year is being hectic and unstoppable.

Back to April we could not believe we were going to make our dream safari, after all the planning, changes, uncertainties situations, finally the day arrived, with all the excitement a long adventurous trip like this can bring, all the efforts of putting together the lightest luggage I have ever packed in my life, I spent 2 months trying on outfits, ordering online, returning most of the things, one thing is your expectation and the other is the reality of what you receive. I put my outfits in a tiny luggage we were allowed to bring (40 pounds / 20 kg).

Four COVID test after we made it to Johannesburg, an interesting city specially if talking about the apartheid, it is a hub for so many nationalities trying to go back home or just visit the marvelous Africa.

Let’s make the point clear, I am not an animal lover, actually I am afraid of animals, what the hell a woman like me was going to do on a safari? Well, I enjoyed to the fullest, I was able to survive in the jungle and I did enjoy that reconnection with mother nature. Our first stop was Kruger park in the north of South Africa, a dream came true, we were in the middle of the jungle and didn’t miss any comfort or any amenities from any luxurious hotel, our lodge was the quintessential you can imagine in the jungle

I have learnt how important is to be quiet during the morning and afternoon games, how chilly is in the morning and warm it gets by noon, and how little we need fancy clothes, happiness is in you and not on your clothes!

Our next camp was absolutely fascinated and wilder than South Africa, Botswana is a paradise of mother nature, you never know what type of animal or bird you will find, what we loved the most was the exquisite gastronomy, how warm and friendly all people we had the chance to share time with were, we felt they were family, i broke up in tears when having to say good bye to our guides in both countries.

The human side is more important that any aspect of material comfort, Hakuna Matata and see you soon my dear Africa!

Love,

Ang

Siempre he sido supersticiosa, y quise planear todo para el año 2020, por eso de ser año par… pero señores, uno propone y Dios dispone, y todo lo planeado se tuvo que posponer hasta nuevo aviso.

Uno de mis sueños hecho realidad era ir a un safari, después de mucho investigar, decidimos ir a Sur Africa y a Botswana, no daba crédito cuando la linea aérea canceló todos los vuelos, lo demás es historia, muchos sueños guardados en una maleta que se empolvaron, pero nunca se olvidaron 🙂

Estuve un par de meses preparando mi vestuario para mi ansiado viaje a Africa, cosas que aprendí en el camino: el negro no es recomendable, por temas de higiene, estarás muchas horas en la jungla y el polvo no es amigo del color, aparte de que atrae más las altas temperaturas, el blanco se ensucia con mirarlo…y el camuflaje es para los militares, en resumen, pasé días eligiendo prendas en tonos crudos, muchas de ellas fueron devueltas a la velocidad de la luz, lo que esperas no es lo que recibes.

Fue un viaje largo, pero cómodo, imaginaros, en el avión no habíamos mas de 20 personas, después de 23 horas de viaje llegamos a Johannesburgo, para descansar y prepararnos para la aventura, Kruger Park allá vamos, 40 minutos más tarde la avioneta nos dejaba en medio de la jungla, donde nos esperaban nuestros guías, quien podría imaginar tanta comodidad en medio de la nada? lo que más me gustó fue la desconexión con el mundo real, por primera vez en años fui capaz de disfrutar la naturaleza, comer sin pensar en subir un story en instagram…

La belleza de los animales, los paisajes, el atardecer son inenarrables, cuanto más miro las fotos más me enamoro si el norte de South Africa me regaló recuerdos eternos, Botswana y sus atardeceres, lo poco comercial y explotado que está invitaba a seguir explorando y ver como nos sorprendía madre naturaleza.

La exquisita gastronomía y exclusividad de Selinda Reserve en Botswana me transportaron a un estado de pertenencia, no quería marcharme, me hubiera quedado encantada, la calidez humana y hospitalidad son una de las señas de identidad del país.

Hasta la próxima Africa.

Con A-mor

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