Georgia’s Friday Diabetes Blog Post, Africa!!!

Victoria Falls( (not my pic!)

Victoria Falls( (not my pic!)

I know I have been a bit absent from the blog for the last 3 weeks and I had really wished I could update you all as I was travelling but unfortunately the internet connections we had in South Africa were not that strong.

However, I’m back and have A LOT to share!

For those of you who missed my last post I mentioned there that I was about to go on a 3 week adventure through South Africa with my dad for 3 weeks.

Our trip officially started in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  On our first night we had a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, we saw lots of Hippo’s, Crocodiles and numerous amounts of bird life, it was definitely the perfect way to be welcomed in to Africa.

After a good night’s rest, we were ready for White Water Rafting! We had no expectations and, even though we were still a bit worn out from the last few days travelling, our energy and adrenaline fuelled us for the action packed day we had ahead.

After gearing up with our life jackets and helmets and all the safety procedures, they had a surprise for us that we were not aware of when booking.  To get to the bottom of the River (again Zambezi River) we had to walk down a 150 metre (going directly straight, 750 metre going in a zig-zag fashion – which is what we were required to do) steep cliff that was half steel steep stairs and half crossing over rocks. When we finally made it to the bottom we were ready to go rafting.

The rafting itself was amazing, it wasn’t as tiring as the walk down and up but it’s safe to say we slept like babies that night. There were 23 rapids, varying from level 1’s to level 5’s. We followed our Guides direction in paddling and listened intently when he yelled ‘GET DOWN!’ – we then had to hold on tight to the sides!.  There were points in the rapids we went through where he warned us if we were to fall off, we would be under for a minute and a half in the swell and not to panic.  Fortunately the only time there was a fall off it was in a safe zone – and yes I did come off – and yes I did panic.

At the end of the rapids we were dreading the climb up which was 10x worse than going down. Going up we only had small branches that were formed in to stairs and rocks to help us.

After 5 hours of rafting and however long it took to get up, we collapsed in the bus and snacked on fruit and bits of salad before we got back to hotel and passed out.

That was about the extent of our Victoria Falls experience and we were ready for our next phase – a tour through Botswana to Johannesburg, 7 days of an adventure I will always remember.

Since there is so much to tell and I don’t want to overload you with all our travel tales, I will fill you in on the next part next Friday – if you thought this was exciting, there’s much more where that came from, much, much more!

Until next time

Georgia

Georgia is a young woman living with type 1 diabetes, our Newsletter Reporter and part of our Youtube Team, and a Fashion Blogger at Fateful Fashion

1 Comment

  1. helwild on November 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    wow Georgia! I feel like I was there with you. It sounds so wonderful. 🙂 Can’t wait for the next instalment!

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