I Live in Africa!

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

Even though I now live in the U.S, I was born in South Africa. I try visit as often as possible. We are surrounded by so much beauty there everyday! I thank God for the wild + exotic marvels he provides for us in that part of the world.

I don’t think tourists realise just how beautiful it is there. I don’t think they understand the similarities there with where they’re from. When they book their trips to South Africa, I’ve heard they expect to find mudhuts all over the place with animals walking through dirty streets in a 3rd world pocket of nothingness. That’s simply not true. Of course they’ll always be poverty wherever you go, but the picture they have in their head is completely innacurate. I remember back to when I lived in New York. People didn’t think South Africa was developed at all. I hope to change that misconception!

When they land, tourists are always surprised to find that we have a very normal lifestyle there with bars and nightclubs just like them. We have attractions, schools, universities, businesses, buildings, highways and entertainment just like them. We have a well-developed and working infrastructure. I’ve been all over the world and our international airports are the best I’ve seen.

They gasp at our beauty. They enjoy our top-class hotels, our polished service and our commercial culture – just like they have. They see our world-class education facilities, our safe amenities, our well-spoken citizens, our clean streets, our modern households, our friendly attitudes, our quirky sub-cultures and our huge fashion scene.

They recognize our healthy lifestyle in amidst stunning settings. They love the open space, the land, the people, the views. They marvel at the Cape Winelands, the game reserves, the nature, the beaches, the rolling hills and the mountains. They toast to our sunsets and drink wine under our starry skies. They visit heritage sites of our world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Our greatest assets are our minds. We as a people are very forward-thinking and cosmopolitan. What I love about us is that we’re also down-to-earth and mindful of those less fortunate.

Our wildlife is part of our beauty.

In South Africa, you can get up close and personal with our animals. It’s unlike anywhere else in the world. Around where I grew up on the east coast of the country is a lion park. It’s called “Seaview Predator Park”. If you’re planning a trip to South Africa, this is definitely a place you want to go. 

Even though all the animals are in cages, trust me, they are well-looked after. They are tame and sociable with tourists. Check out Seaview’s Facebook Page here and scoot over to Pinterest to see my Africa board. 

Each and every time I watch the video my business filmed of them, my passion for my homeland grows stronger. Cape Town and Johannesburg have made their names famous internationally, but don’t underestimate the lesser-known places off-the-beaten path such as Port Elizabeth (5 hours from where Nelson Mandela was born!).

All in all, our time is coming.

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

I Live in Africa

Photos: Dane Doubell

Cover Photo: Death To The Stock Photo

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. threemyles15 says:

    No Way! Had no idea you live in Africa. That seems so very far from California. I loved this post, i have a soft spot for animals 🙂

  2. Ruby says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I would love to be able to pet a lion . . . but I know I would be too scared to do so! South Africa looks so beautiful. I love how you emphasize the beauty that surrounds you, because I think we all tend to forget about how beautiful this earth truly is. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. greaat pictures, great post and a great country to live in. South Africa was one of the best countries I ever visited. It was where I shook hands with a lion 😀

  4. Oh my God. This is so awesome. The animals and all…. Oown. The baby tigers.
    It brings me good memories from the time there was a park in my city and of a couple of emus that lived there and the way they interacted with people. Thank you, really.

  5. Thank you so much! I know these animals are true beasts of the wild and so exhilarating to be near! Thank you for your feedback! X

  6. Those big cats are SO breathtakingly beautiful!

  7. snappychat says:

    Beautiful animals, great photos

  8. This is amazing your so lucky to be able to do this I love animals!! Thanks for your comment on my blog, I really like yours! You wish you lived in london for things like the class, i wish lived where you do for this! X

  9. Fantastic, Tamika!!!!!!
    Pedro.

  10. melanietoulouse says:

    Lucky you, Tamika! like Johnny Clegg – Johnny Clegg & Juluka – Scatterlings Of Africa:

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