Summer 2013 Travel Plans & Giveaway!

by Melissa on June 13, 2013 · 22 comments

 The countdown is on!  My summer 2013 travel plans are set to commence in exactly 1 month!  So much to do, so little time.  I also need to rob a bank before I leave.  But heck – it’s an adventure and oh so worth it!

So what new adventures will Mellyboo get up to?


summer 2013 travel plans

July 13 I leave the comforts of my Toronto home and jump on a plane Nairobi-bound.  I’ll make 2 quick stops along the way – one in Washington and another in Addis Ababa, before touching down in Kenya on July 14.  I made some brief mentions a few months ago, during my television interview on Rogers TV’s Daytime York Region about my upcoming partnership with Nomad Adventure Tours.  During that interview, I also spoke fondly of my love of Africa– so needless to say, I am mega-excited.  This time I’m setting out on the 38-day East Africa and Gorillas camping and overlanding tour.  It will be taking me from the heart of Nairobi, Kenya to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  Tour highlights will include gorilla trekking in Uganda, hanging out with the Masaai Mara, a 3-day bush camping excursion in the Serengeti and on the ledge of the Ngorongoro crater, scuba diving in Zanzibar, relaxing at Lake Malawi, game drives in Zambia’s South Luangwa and finishing it all up amongst the Seventh Wonder of the World – Victoria Falls.  I’m absolutely stoked that the amazing folks at Nomad Adventure Tours are bringing me back on to be their blogger in residence for another amazing tour, which will be such a major part of my summer 2013 travel plans.

Victoria Falls
After the tour, I will be spending a week in Victoria Falls where I will hopefully catch up with Rae, an inspiring friend who works for ALERT (the lion conservation trust that I volunteer with).  The time will also be spent catching up on my writing and enjoying some downtime where I’m not required to be on the go every second of the day.  It will be a much-needed recharger before I jump on a bus and head further into the middle of Zimbabwe and back to Antelope Park.  I will then spend 3 weeks as a lion conservation volunteer – getting to enjoy my daily lion walks, shoveling up lion poop and hacking up cow carcasses to feed to said lions.  I will be reunited with my many friends still at the park – Lauren, Dan, Lorna, Sharon and the countless hardworking lion handlers I had the privilege of working alongside with last year.  I am beyond excited to return to what I like to call “my heart’s happy place” and to once again get to walk alongside the king of the jungle.

DSC_9782 After my 3-week stint as a voluntourist, I will then head back to Cape Town where I will be spending 2 weeks with a dear friend of mine, Jess.  I hope to continue to explore Cape Town and get to see parts of the area that I didn’t get to see during my visit there in 2012.  Possible excursions may include touring around Bo-Kaap, Robben Island, finally climbing to the top of Table Mountain, checking out the wineries of the Stellenbosch region, and possibly even heading out on a weekend road trip along the Garden Route.

summer 2013 travel plans
My summer 2013 travel plans will end on October 8 when I head home via Johannesburg, London, Chicago and finally making it back into my boyfriend’s arms in Toronto on October 9th.

Summer Prize Pack Giveaway!

To kick off this amazing adventure I want to give back to YOU!  Up for grabs is a nifty little summer prize pack!  The giveaway includes a paperback copy of Torre DeRoche’s memoir Love With a Chance of Drowning, a 168 mL bottle of Arbonne Water Resistant Sunscreen with SPF 30 and the Arbonne Lip Saver Sunscreen with SPF 30.  The Arbonne products were graciously donated by Arbonne District Manager, Dru Soo.  For safe and pure health and wellness products please visit Dru’s website.

To win be sure to like me on Facebookfollow me on Twitter, and each day come back and put out a tweet to receive an extra entry!

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Carmel June 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Wow! those are some serious travel plans. Can’t wait to hear about it!
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Melissa June 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thanks Carmel – be sure to keep an eye out for them! They likely wont start until October, when I return from Africa (due to technology/internet limitations) but I plan on having content in the meantime. 🙂 You can check out my old Nomad Adventure Tour posts from my last trip to Africa (


Danny June 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hey Melissa, great to see you doing something you love to do……have a blast in Africa….I’ll follow as best I can!


Melissa June 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Hi Danny! Thank you so much for checking out my blog and for the support! I hope you enjoy the updates when they come. If you’d like to check out my old posts from the last time I was in Africa with Nomad Adventure Tours in 2012 – (

Good luck with your chance in the giveaway 🙂


TammyOnTheMove June 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

This sounds like an awesome trip Melissa. I have been dreaming about seeing mountain gorillas and volunteering with lions for ages. Can’t wait to read all about it. 🙂
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Melissa June 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Oh I totally know what you mean about the gorilla thing. It’s been on my bucket list for years. So needless to say, I’m quite stoked for it. As for the lions- I volunteered with them last year and fell in love with it – be sure to check out my posts about it (one is in the sidebar –> )


Jess June 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

That 38-day tour sounds absolutely incredible. And so does being a lion walker! Okay, maybe the hacking up cow carcassas part isn’t quite as cute and fuzzy, but it’s still lions!
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Melissa June 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I’m really excited for the tour – although I know it will be a lot of work on the blogging/photography/video front.

As for the lion conservation stuff – its amazing!! I did it last year and fell in love. The cutting up cows isn’t as awful as it sounds, to be honest. You just get used to it. Here’s more info about my life as a lion conservation volunteer at Antelope Park …


Kristin Addis June 14, 2013 at 1:23 am

That sounds amazing! I can’t wait to do Africa one day
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Melissa June 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

It’s the best place in the world – I hope you get there one day 🙂


Cat of Sunshine and Siestas June 14, 2013 at 3:15 am

Love with a Chance of Drowning is my treat when I finish my master’s program this week – Torre’s was one of the first blogs I began reading! Sounds like you yourself have an adventure planned soon!


Melissa June 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

The book is fantastic! You’re going to LOVE it!


Bobbi Lee Hitchon June 14, 2013 at 9:32 am

That sounds like a dream trip! Hanging out with Gorillas in Africa? Incredible! Great competition. I’ve read so many good things about this book. I’ll buy it even if I don’t win, but it would be a treat!
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Catarina June 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

Great post! I can’t wait to hear about your travels! I personally would be scared to walk with the lions! But not you my friend, you are fearless!


Jacqueline June 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Woo hoo! Entered! 🙂
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Erik June 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

Exciting plans!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
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Elle June 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

Sounds like such an incredible trip! I’m so jealous!
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jill June 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

So jealous of your upcoming trip to Africa – it’s a continent I really need to get back to explore more. Have a blast!
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Brandy June 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Enjoy your African adventures! I spent 4 months in Gaborone on a volunteer placement and I managed to visit Vic Falls in Zim as well. It’s breathtaking to say the least.
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Jenny Oortwijn June 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

wow I envy you!
How did you manage to get to this point?
I wish I could travel to Africa or that a travel company would ask me to come with them.

you are so lucky!


Dale Murphy June 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Fantastic! Way to go! Happy and safe travels!


Anne July 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I’m glad you posted this. It gives me an idea of where you are heading. Be safe have fun.


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