DormStyler does Africa Part II

3 Aug

I arrived yesterday afternoon to JFK after 13 days abroad. My entire american family (16 people) + some favorite additions (the BF and my brother’s GF) spent eleven days in Africa. It was absolutely amazing, and I cannot wait to share so much of our adventures. It was such a wonderful vacation–and having started work two days after graduation, this trip was kind of like my entire summer vacation for this year. And probably the most memorable one at that.

My brother, his girlfriend, the BF and I all flew together from JFK to Frankfurt and got to spend a day in Germany…Although it probably isn’t the most glamorous of the German cities, we got to do all the staples: beer, pretzels and some funny looking sausages in our 12 hours there. Then we met up with my parents and sisters to jetset as a family to Johannesburg where we spent an entire day exploring Soweto and Nelson Mandela’s house. But then the real vacation began: we spent four nights in Kirkman’s Kamp a private reserve right outside Krueger National Park. The first few photos below are from there. And then when we thought we had seen it all, we flew to Tswalu, the largest private game reserve in Africa (250k acres) where we had the entire place to ourselves!

It was an amazing two weeks

(1) My brother Michael and his GF Mia at Kirkman’s Kamp on the first day (2) Our amazing ranger Lennox who we all miss dearly (3) Our bungalow at Kirkman’s–straight from Restoration Hardware (4) My youngest cousin, Noah and the lion that wanted to play with him (4) the BF and the young leopoard (5) First drive at Tswalu in the Kalahari Desert (6) the BF and my youngest sister Katie staring out at the Kalahari (7) My grandparents, me and (yes, it really is!) the BF (8) Two giraffes at the water hole (9) Our Villa at Tswalu (10) Young Lion pride walking casually past our vehicle (11) and last, the BF and the five week old giraffe that was abandoned by it’s mother when it was only a few days old–she stole the BF’s heart–she doesn’t have a name yet, but I like to call her Lola


3 Responses to “DormStyler does Africa Part II”

  1. Mom August 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    What great photos! You two are adorable. It was so much fun being with you. This truly was a trip of a lifetime! Too bad it is so far away, but maybe that makes us value it more. Regarding photo #3, perhaps they decorated using your design savvy from


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