Brooks and I can’t stop talking about the best trip of our lives: Africa! While visiting Kruger National Park, we stayed at what is now my most favorite hotel ever. Lebombo Lodge is absolutely incredible. It feels like you’re staying in a tree house made of glass, where below you can see everything from hippos, impala and crocs roaming around.
I couldn’t wait to wake up at 5am (seriously!) because that’s when we got picked up by Andrew, our tracker, and our driver, Chris. In an open car, they took us out into the wild where Andrew would spot cheetah, leopards, elephants, lions, buffalo and more. We even found rhino which was the hardest to find because there aren’t many left — they’re sadly becoming extinct.
Being close to these wild animals was a little scary at first because I didn’t understand what would stop them from jumping into our car to attack us. Andrew explained the animals are so used to the trucks they look at them almost like another animal. We were warned not to get up or move while in the truck because once they see you have legs, they might look at us like lunch.
I was very inspired by Andrew. Born in Kruger National Park, he’s been tracking animals his whole life. He told us he’d never quit, he’ll be a tracker until the day he dies because he truly loves what he does. Andrew doesn’t receive accolades of any kind, he has a true honor for what he does and pride for where he’s from. He impressed us so many times but one time in particular, we were out on a night drive and it was pitch dark. He somehow spotted in the darkness, up in a tree a burrowed hole where a wild cat was hiding. Brooks and I were blown away by Andrew as a person and his ability to track the magnificent animals.
I’m so glad Brooks and I got to share this adventure together. It’s something we’ll talk about for the rest of our lives!