By Jennifer Smuts
In early July, we headed off to South Africa to celebrate my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary. Family from Australia, the U.S., and South Africa convened in Cape Town only to fly east to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal then drive five hours north to the border of Mozambique to experience a family safari.
Upon arrival at Tembe Elephant Park, we were greeted by members of the Tembe tribe who were eager to introduce us to their culture and share the Park. Game drives promised to showcase The Big Five: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo, however, we experienced so much more.
Graceful giraffe wandered for vegetation. Dung beetles flew in the most precarious way. And needless to say, the most magnificent creatures at Tembe were the elephants. There were multiple herds but the most memorable grazed in the savanna and as sun began to set paraded towards the forest for shelter. It was awesome to see the babies being protected, teenagers acting out and of course, the bull keeping all of the family in-line.
From meeting the other international guests at Tembe and enjoying the tribal song and dance to making memories with family members and ultimately feeling blessed for the opportunity — our holiday to South Africa was a trip of a lifetime!