South Africa: Durban City Tour to Zulu Nyala Safari

Jessica Peterson

I never thought I’d go to Africa. Honestly, it was never high on my list of destinations (silly girl). But when the opportunity arose in 2009, I couldn’t pass it up. Now I can’t wait to go back — I have Cape Town, Kenya, Madagascar, and Mauritius on my radar.

It was every bit as romantic as Out of Africa and then some. We toured South Africa, the sweeping beauty of which is pock-marked by unparalleled unemployment, poverty, crime, and AIDS. The scars of Apartheid were distinct — from the street signs formerly named after Apartheid supporters, re-christened to diversity leaders to the very language used to describe this beautiful little girl. A person of mixed race is referred to as “coloured,” the girl’s mother informed me.

At a convention with attendees from India and Mexico. The powering waves of the Indian Ocean outside our hotel window We spent a hurried 20 minutes in this Indian market in Durban. Half the population there is of Indian descent and the delicious curried everything reflected the influence. Score. A handmade Zulu necklace you’ve seen me wear here. A colourful English garden at the Botanical Gardens in Durban Durban’s world-class aquarium We took a day trip to the serene Drakensberg Mountains, literally “dragon’s tail.” Damning evidence that I’m not stylish 24/7, but it was more important to keep warm in the chilly fog of morning. These people represent the original inhabitants of the Zulu area. When they weren’t warring with neighbouring tribes, they were defending their land against unflinching Dutch colonists. They left behind these cave paintings. The highlight of our trip was a safari at Zulu Nyala Game Reserve. It wasn’t a wild chase in the arid plains, but a rather large park where we drove past giraffes, nyala, water buffalo, monkeys, hippos, rhinos, and zebras to name a few. There were no cats, which was fine because I didn’t want to stumble upon any creature with a steaming fresh carcass in between its teeth. Stuffed, sunburned, and awed at the total experience while posing with a dancer at the reserve

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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