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Catch up on what happened the first day of the Jo-burg trip here!

The next day-Day 2-we set off after breakfast to the Lions Park. If I couldn’t make it to Kruger National Park, this was the next best thing and I was so excited. We paid extra to walk free with lions. We had to sign a life waiver too but who cares right. YOLO! Lol! Markus was all up for it too. So after petting some lion cubs and feeding some giraffes we got on a truck to take us to the lions. I was a little scared when they were released at first but they seemed friendly and the rangers knew what they were doing so I relaxed and enjoyed petting them and taking pictures. It was an amazing experience. We did the game drive around the park to see all the animals. There were hyenas, cheetahs, gazelles and ostriches but of course the lions were the most interesting. Although not so much when our truck got stuck in the mud in a lion’s pride and they started circling, and we had to switch trucks and run across from one to the other. Nobody died and it was thrilling. Lol. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I can’t wait to go on a real safari to see the Big 5.

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Petting lion cubs

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Walking with lions

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Well climbing a tree is not an option

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Found Simba and Mufasa

Day 3-Markus was off to another South African city and I had a lot of time before my night flight so I set off to Soweto. I always find something bucket list worthy to do on my trips and this time it was bungee jumping. The Orlando Towers in Soweto, which used to be a coal fired power station, is now a jump site. I signed another waiver and went 100m up thinking this should be fun but I chickened out the first time I got to the edge. I looked down. YOU SHOULD NEVER LOOK DOWN. But then I remembered no refunds so of course, I jumped and it was soo fun. I had people clapping for me afterward. My 5mins of fame passed and I went to see Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela’s houses and the stadium. My driver and tour guide was pretty cool and helped take photos of me. After all that exploring I caught my flight back to Lagos and made it to work.

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Orlando Towers jump zone with my TripZapp card

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Bungee jumping with GoPro strapped to my hand

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Mandela House, Soweto

Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed my rather short trip and for just about N300,000 all inclusive. South Africa was nice, sane and organized. The people were pleasant-flirty but pleasant. Lol. It’s a quick getaway destination if you’re ever looking for somewhere to go. I’ll definitely be back-Cape Town next time.

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-Rory

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