All of the wild animals in South Africa are contained in game reserves, basically national parks that are fenced off, but they are living in the wild--thousands of miles of protected, wild, natural habitat.
My favorite were the giraffes. I wanted to snuggle one. Almost immediately when we pulled into the game reserve, we saw a giraffe on the side of the road, just munching some leaves...no big deal. Ha! I mean, it's normal to see a deer doing that--but a giraffe?? I was smitten.
We drove a little further into the reserve and had lunch at a lovely restaurant overlooking the savannah. We could see giraffes roaming in the distance and a crocodile lounging in a murky pond nearby. There were also zebra roaming the grounds of the restaurant. Just a little bit cool.
Then we loaded onto the Jeeps and went animal hunting!
We saw impala, rhino, water buffalo, more giraffes...so amazing!
It was an incredible evening that I will never forget. But honestly, even those beautiful animals pale in comparison to the amazing people I met in South Africa. Nothing will ever come close to that!