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?

Umbrella acacia tree surrounded by grassland at the start of sunset

My Safari Conversion Story: Part 2

Read Part 1 of “My Safari Conversion Story”

By the time we got to Hwange National Park, I was truly regretting my decision to skip the Kruger night drive (and having missed the lion sighting on the first day in Kruger). So, against my better judgement, and some skepticism from other group members (after all, Hwange is NOT Kruger), I decided to take the optional (and rather expensive) pre-sunset game drive.