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Life Updates: Moving + Travel

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I know, I know... I haven't blogged in 6 months. I'll explain why in a little bit, but basically, I'm here and ready to get back on the metaphorical horse.

I have some awesome blog posts planned, but before you see those, I wanted to give you a quick update on where I've been and what I've been doing. So, if you give any f*cks at all, keep reading.

P.S. I realize that this is a slightly long update, so bare with me.

I MOVED TO PORT ELIZABETH! Last I updated you, I was living in Pretoria, about two hours away from my old village, and working as a teacher's assistant at an orphanage. Well, now I live on the southern coast of South Africa in a small city called Port Elizabeth (PE). How did I get here? Basically, in October some crazy sh*t went down at the orphanage and it was shut down. I really, really, really want to tell you guys what happened and go into detail, but until I get the 'all-clear' from everyone involved, I can't. When I do - you'l…

3 Garden Route Activities

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When people visit South Africa they immediately want to see Cape Town and Kruger, and although those are incredible places (I've been to both multiple times), there is so much more to SA. If you plan to visit South Africa, why not try something a little out of the box?
The Garden Route is a section of the South Africa coast stretching from Cape Town in Western Cape to Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape and known for its untouched beauty and outdoor activities. After Shelby and I spent 4 days in Cape Town, we decided to spend another two days road-tripping through the Garden Route. 
Here's our two-day itinerary and what we deem are some must-do activities:
Cage Dive with Great White Sharks We started our trip in Van Dyks Bay (basically, Gansbaai), which is about a two-hour drive from Cape Town. We spent the night in the sleepy, little beach town, and then woke up early for cage diving with Great White Sharks! This wasn't my first time braving the cage, but I wanted to experien…

Staying at nThambo Tree Camp

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nThambo (yes, the 'n' is lower case) Tree Camp is a unique accommodation set within the Greater Kruger area. I had the opportunity to go in early November with my friend, Shelby. Here is everything you need to know about our amazing experience:
Getting There Shelby and I drove from Pretoria (with a quick stop in Polokwane), but the Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit is nearby if you want to fork out the cash to fly from Jo'burg.
Where you'll stay The rooms are absolutely gorgeous. They are elevated on stilts above the bush with incredible views of surrounding nature and wildlife. We even woke up to giraffes in the distance! Don't fret, all the rooms have running water and hot showers ;) There is no fence around nThambo, which means wild animals are always passing through. In fact, once it's dark, guests are escorted to and from their tents for safety. 





The Main Lodge There are only four tents on the whole property, which means there is a maximum of eight guests, s…