Written by: David Wederell
It was with great excitement last October that I began a 23-day, 3,500 mile journey from Cape Town in South Africa to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, travelling through Namibia and Botswana on the way. I hadn’t previously visited Africa and this would be a once in a lifetime experience.
No amount of research and reading could have prepared me for the ever changing landscape that I would encounter. Starting with the bustle and vibrance of Cape Town before experiencing the spectacular Fish River Canyon and continuing into the aridness of the Namib Desert, watching the sunrise over Dune 45 and the spectacular Sossusvlei, seeing nature in its rawest and most spectacular form at Etosha, Chobe and Hwange national parks, before wrapping things up by jumping off Victoria Falls bridge and rafting down the mighty Zambezi River. It was a truly unforgettable and phenomenal experience.
The people and the sights, smells, dawn choruses, sunrises and sunsets have left a firm footprint on my heart. Yet perhaps the most exciting element of this trip was the daily hope of seeing Africa’s wildlife firsthand and getting up close with the Big Five. Whilst all of the national parks I visited were kind to us and provided spectacular moments, Etosha National Park in Namibia treated us to a particularly exciting experience.
Whilst out on a late afternoon game drive, we were fortunate to be graced with the presence of a rare black rhino that was heavily pregnant. She came to the waterhole adjacent to us and once she’d had her fill, she went to leave but accidentally slipped and fell in.
Watch this video to find out what happens next:
Before I started this trip, I thought it would be a once in a lifetime experience. And having been so fortunate throughout the course of my journey, I I was right to realise how special it would be. However, one thing is for sure – this will not be the last time that I travel to Africa. I don’t think there is anywhere else quite like it and I am itching to return for more. If anyone is reading this and considering taking a trip to this beautiful continent, go for it. You will not regret it.