So what is it that keeps Michelle from Jayes Travel returning to Africa? There is something special about Africa that touches the soul, and that might be why Michelle just can’t stop going back.
She admits it’s a struggle to put into words the experience. Possibly it’s the serene feeling of sitting a few feet from a snoring lion or basking in the most remarkable sunsets on the Chobe River. Maybe it’s when you see nature at its’ most raw moments - a leopard hunting its prey or the annual migration of the wildebeest across the Mara.
It will be over ten times that Michelle has travelled through this continent, as she packs her bags to accompany a group of first-time travellers through South Africa this month. But Michelle is quick to tell you it’s not just about the animals and taking safari drives. Before her first time to Africa, she questioned whether this was the holiday for her! But as you might have been able to tell, this all quickly changed. Not only can you experience animal’s in the wild, but you have amazing coastal roads, first-class vineyards, incredible canyons and some of the most iconic rail journeys in the world.
Then there are the people; the locals you meet and the stories you hear. In Nairobi, take the time to visit the Kazuri Bead Centre which was started by an English expat in 1975 as a place where single mothers could learn a marketable skill and achieve self-sufficiency. From humble beginnings, the workforce has grown to over 100! Take yourself to a Masai Village to experience their way of life, their knowledge of the land and how the western world has affected their daily rituals.
If you are the adventurous type, you can bungee jump at Victoria Falls or swim with the Great White Sharks off the south coast near Cape Town. Maybe you are setting a bucket list goal to climb the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro?
“The beauty of this continent is that the only thing better than seeing Africa for the first time, is seeing it the next time,” says Michelle.
“You can never just go to Africa once; it’s the people, the wildlife, the atmosphere and the diversity of landscapes and experiences that means there is always something different to explore.”
One of the biggest misconceptions is that Africa is too expensive or too far away. In reality, Africa has something for everyone; whether you are a backpacker or James Packer, there is an experience for you. Planning early is the key though! Some lodges have less than ten rooms, to ensure you feel completely surrounded by the wild. When you look into the experiences you can have, it’s easy to see why you need to get in quick.
Is there anything in Africa Michelle doesn’t love? Monkeys! She is petrified of the cute little animals, and we feel like there is definitely a story to be shared here! Planning a holiday to Africa? Contact Michelle and the team at Jayes Travel, and maybe you’ll even hear those monkey stories!
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