Elephant in Kruger National Park, taken from inside an open safari jeep, with a woman and man taking photos from the jeep in foreground.

My Safari Conversion Story: Part 1

When you say “I’m going to Southern Africa,” most people think “You’re going on safari.” But, when researching my trip to Southern Africa, I looked for a tour that offered a good mix of experiences—not just the safari experience. The itinerary for the tour I ultimately chose included natural wonders, cultural experiences, and some history too. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to see some animals. But at the time, the term “Big Five” was not in my vocabulary. I figured that after I saw a few zebras and giraffes, I’d be done. It was my intention to skip optional game drives. Why spend more money, when I could hang by the pool and read my book?