By Robert Yoshioka
A little over seven months ago we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with the Party for the Planet festival, brand-new photo locations and Wilderness Explorers badges, limited-edition merchandise and a very special Adventures by Disney Safari to South Africa hosted by Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning. Now, after just a few *short* flights, we have arrived in the beautiful city of Cape Town to begin this incredible adventure!
Honestly, Cape Town is nothing like we expected. This metropolitan city feels like any major oceanside city in the states, with beautiful views and weather almost like Los Angeles (which makes sense as Cape Town is approximately as far south of the equator as Los Angeles is north of it)! Our luxurious accommodations are set right on the V&A Waterfront with stunning views of the historic port framed by Table Mountain in the background.
“Most people in Cape Town speak Afrikaans, a language derived from Dutch and French settlers. Saying ‘thank you’ for anything in Afrikaans is easy—baie dankie. Pronounced ‘buy a donkey.’”
During the welcome reception, we not only had the chance to meet our fellow Adventurers but also our Adventure Guides Craig and Kira who, along with Joe and Dr. Mark, will be hosting us through the next 10 days of unforgettable experiences.
“Welcome to South Africa, a country famous for its richness of diversity. It has the highest number of official languages, and only 5 countries on earth have greater species biodiversity. Prepare for a rich experience.”
So, as Craig taught us: Masambene! Meaning “let’s go!”
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