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South Africa

I still do not feel capable of  being able to put my recent visit to Africa into words.  It was all very surreal and an experience I will never ever forget.

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Although the experience I had is still beyond me, hopefully I’ll be able to write a bit more about the trip on here later.  It’s taken me quite some time to go through all of the photos I took (over 2,000!), but here’s a few of my favorites for now.  I’ll continually update this post and the pictures below, as I make progress sorting through them all.  Click “More” to see all of the photos.

Our trip started in Durban at the amazing Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga.  We woke up each morning and watched the sunrise over the Indian Ocean from our sea-facing room – it was absolutely gorgeous.  Over our few days in Durban we walked the beach, relaxed at the pools, and took a tour of the city.  It was a great way to unwind after the 26 hours of travel.

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After Durban we spent the next two weeks on safari.  We stayed at two great reserves, first Phinda and then Londolozi.  The experience we had at Londolozi was absolutely unreal.  It was magical.  And again, I can’t get the words out just yet…but I’ll be back with more later, especially about Londolozi.  Here are some of the photos from our time spent on safari.
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  1. J.lynn

    August 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    These are amazing! The cubs playing with the stick is still my favorite photo, but it’s a hard call to make 🙂 So glad you had such an amazing time!!!

  2. Vicki Pittman

    August 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    oh my gosh, these are so very amazing! My favorites…all of them, but especially you by the pool edge, Chad in his hat, the 3 zebras and the one of the hotel balustrade, overlooking the ocean. Actually, I am just amazed by the patterns and textures of all of the animals too. And I forgot it was winter over there until I saw your coats!

  3. Jodi

    August 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    These are absolutely amazing Alana!! I am speechless, what an amazing gift to have experienced another part of our amazing planet and the creatures that reside there. So happy for you guys!

  4. Cary Meyer

    August 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Just beautiful Alana!

  5. Jessica Maria

    August 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Wow, Alana! These photos are beautiful! It truly looks like it was a wonderful trip.

  6. salli.fromm

    September 20, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Breathtaking stunning: could feel the crisp morning air of the wild and overwhelming impressions o
    Love your silhouette by the pool

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