Going on safari in Africa has been on my bucket list since forever. I always thought I would do my first one in Kenya or Tanzania, but after a deep research I decided that safari in South Africa is the best option for beginners. Planning a safari trip is quite a challenge itself; in fact, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions even before you start planning your itinerary. Which country is best for safari, should I do it alone or with an agency, how many days do I need, will I see all the animals, is safari dangerous and similar questions that probably brought you to my blog.
My name is Anda and I am obsessed with lions. I have spent hours in different zoos observing these magnificent animals, although this “hobby” can be quite frustrating. First of all, I believe no animal should be locked up in a cage, at least not in a space too small to ensure a decent quality life. Lions are huge, they need space to grow, run, develop their muscles and catch their own food. Anything else is almost the same as torture. Secondly, lions are big lazy bastards and it can take hours before they move. Seeing lions in their natural environment has thus been on my bucket for as long as I can remember. And so has cuddling a baby lion. My dreams have finally come true in South Africa. But only after learning a few very important facts about lions and lion cubs which helped me to put my big moral dilemma aside.
After the decision about safari in South Africa was finally made, I started harassing different properties with the most important question: “Will I see the lions?” While some properties didn’t even bother to respond, most of them told me that they cannot guarantee lion encounter. Bernard from Vuyani Safari Lodge was a bit more specific: “I can’t guarantee you will see them; however, our guests are usually very lucky with lion spotting.” I already had my eyes on this property due to their good ratings and enjoyable sense of humor on their web page and social media accounts. Having discussed the details with Bernard was the ultimate deal breaker, so I booked 5 days in Vuyani Safari lodge honeymoon suite. And literally cried on my way back home.
A few days ago, someone asked on Twitter: “Has anyone ever written an article about 5 things to do near Ljubljana Airport in case your flight is cancelled or delayed?” His Tweet got a huge response, but unfortunately mostly for the wrong reasons. If you want to know why, I’ll explain briefly in the next two paragraphs, but if you are only here for the “things to do” tips, just skip them and scroll down to “le big 5”.
“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair” – listening to this beautiful song with a gentle voice of Scott Mckenzie is definitely the right way to start planning your trip to northern California. With so many iconic sights to see and things to do, you will be spoilt for choice if you are planning to visit Frisco, as the locals usually call this vibrant city. If you are only in town for the weekend, or if you don’t have time to do your own plans, here are 5 things to do in San Francisco.
“It’s not enough to imagine it. Come and live it.” A bold statement from such a tiny country, don’t you think? The Republic of San Marino is actually the 5th smallest country in the world. Can you tell the first 4 without using Google? 😉 Anyway, we are talking about a pocket state here, entirely surrounded by Italy, located on a mountain with killer views of Italian landscape and Adriatic Sea. We visited San Marino in the end of April, during our road trip to Italian region Umbria. At first, our plan was only to stay there for a couple of hours but the atmosphere of San Marino old town was so pleasant that we decided to spend the night. So, let me tell you in short “how to visit San Marino”, including tips for those who are traveling with a dog.
Have you ever wondered what is it about travelling that inspires people to leave their homes and explore the far corners of the globe? I believe travelling changes people for the better – it helps them discover and even reinvent themselves. Journeying across continents is an exhilarating and richly rewarding experience, one that shouldn’t be put off . The tourism industry is booming with nearly four trillion pounds being spent on the travel sector every year. In fact, there’s never been a better time to see the beauty of the world for yourself, and all the excuses you’ve been making to postpone your travel dreams are just not good enough.