Greetings from Reno, Nevada, USA, where my family and I are slowly getting back to reality after our epic first trip to South Africa. Before diving into our experiences, we need to thank the staff at Yellow Zebra Safaris for the meticulous planning and dedication they displayed to make the trip as safe, smooth, and memorable as it was. Thanks particularly to Emma Dunn, who answered our initial email and was on the phone discussing our plans within 24 hours of our initial inquiry, which was about a year ago. Once we explained the types of experiences we wanted, where we wanted to visit, and the types of accommodations in our budget, she ran with it and put together a flawless itinerary. And this praise does not come lightly. We pride ourselves on planning our own trips because the research and bookings are part of the fun. But to take on a first-time trip to three different African locations, with air and land transfers to areas that can be difficult to navigate, was something we needed professional help with. And for that we can’t recommend Yellow Zebra enough! Thank You!
On to the trip! Turns out that Africa was on my wife Dawn’s bucket list, but I had no idea until we talked with our nephew about his recent travels to Kenya. His photos and short videos inspired us to investigate our own trip the next day. Seeing the wildlife up close in their natural environment was something we didn’t want to miss. So, we picked our 2019 dates, got in touch with Yellow Zebra (YZ), and decided to fly into Johannesburg, then on to 3 days in Cape Town, 3 days at Kirkman’s Kamp and 3 days at Ngala Tented Camp (both fantastic &Beyond properties). After getting our final South Africa itinerary, we were so excited about our adventure that we invited our adult daughters Amber and Amanda, and Amanda’s husband Bobby, to come along. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip we are so glad we shared with them.