Touch down SA! Gavin and I arrived in Johannesburg and spent an amazing 10 days in this beautiful country. We stayed at the African Pride Hotel in Melrose Arch while in Johannesburg, celebrated the wedding of good friends, then headed to the Kruger National Park. Scroll through to see the full photo diary.


On our first day exploring we visited Nelson Mandela's home in Soweto! COOL. 

Celebrating Dayne & Danielle


Heading into town to see the art and food markets in Maboneng Precinct. There were lots of street vendors with handmade goodies as well as art galleries and food stands. I was lucky enough to snag a one of a kind pair of gladiator sandals made by the lovely man in the photos below <3

Cheetah Plains Game Reserve, Sabi Sands

We drove about 8.5 hours out of Joburg to Sabi Sands where we were finally greeted by such an amazing crew at the Cheetah Plains private game reserve. All of my life I have dreamt of going to Africa and seeing big cats in the wild and the actual experience was far better than I could've ever imagined. If this is something you're interested in doing I highly recommend Cheetah Plains. Our guide was unbelievably talented and truly one with the land. He tracked every animal we wanted to see and then even got us up close and personal with a leopard that had just made a kill.

After our morning and evening drives we were served an enormous meal. At night, they cooked around a fire pit and we casually ate as elephants walked passed. 

There's something about being in the bush that in indescribable. It's like your vision has become slightly tinted red, and your sense of smell picks up on this incredible burnt bush smell. The animals roam in the wild and watching them go about their life is just so peaceful.