Every trip leaves my eyes more open than my last. I return with a heavier heart and fonder love with what South Africa taught me.
1. Experiencing the drought in Cape Town reminded me that all things are finite. It is easy to lose sight when we indulge in convenience and comfort, but remember, our resources are precious and limited. Conserve when you can, and create less waste, our planet needs your contribution as much as we need it to thrive.
2. The game reserve connected me with animals in the most raw way. Watching them in the wild teaches empathy in a way books and documentaries may not capture. It hurt my heart knowing how many species, plants and animals alike, were dying out due to human selfishness. Please think twice next time you wish to book a visit to a sanctuary or conservation. Many times they are not what they say they are. Do your research and find out what your money is encouraging.
The sleeping tigers you get to pet & take pictures with, shark cage diving, elephant riding, walking alongside lions, and so forth, are all activities where either the animal is harmed or stressed being forced to act in undesired & unnatural environments.
These lives are not worth hurting for your instagram shot. Be informed, and fund your experiences mindfully.
Kruger National Park