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?
I’M HEADING BACK TO AFRICA!
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.
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.
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 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.