• Petra Vandecasteele

When last did you do something extraordinary?

When James showed me this photograph, it made me realise how extraordinary this moment really was. During our most recent exploration trip from Cape Town to the far north-east of South Africa we covered 6000 km in total during which James – Travel Reviewer for Kids of Nature – was determined to do handstands in some of the most awe-inspiring sceneries, ranging from spectacular rock cliffs to lightning-struck savannah and barren no-mansland.

Here, he's doing a handstand in the dry riverbed of the Limpopo River at the very spot where South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe meet. Barely one month later, one of our clients would stand (not on their hands...;)) on the South African river banks and watch hippos in the generously flower river, totally oblivious to the fact that a mere few weeks before not a drop of water was to be seen.

This made me wonder what 'extraordinary' means to me, but also to the travellers for whom I plan adventures in the wilderness. Here's my pick from our clients' extraordinary experiences over the last year:

"Travelling through Namibia in a 4x4 and camping in the wild, having never done such thing ever before," – Chloe & Nathalie

"Scuba diving with sharks in South Africa's premier diving site," – Isra

"Horse riding in the bush in search of rhino, giraffe, and zebra," – Pan

"Bungee jumping from the highest bridge in Africa, a first!" – Tony [ Watch Tony's lively experience here ]

"Riding a GS Adventure on a solo trip through stunningly beautiful wilderness," – Joris

"A close encounter with elephants during a safari in the bush," – Raf

"Visiting a youth project in a township near Cape Town," – Siel

For Amber – the Adventure Liaison for Kids of Nature – doing something extraordinary was moving from Belgium to Cape Town to join Kids of Nature in situ.

As for me – the Founder & Adventure Planner of Kids of Nature – sleeping on a mattress under the Namibian Milky Way and being woken up in the middle of the night by a gigantic porcupine standing right next to me!

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