Facing the 'Big Five': Suddenly, you’re a tourist in your old home…

Now, as a new immigrant in Israel, we have been lucky enough to return to our home city of Durban – not only to attend family celebrations, but also, it seems to be a tourist.

By BENITA LEVIN
July 13, 2018 13:01
3 minute read.
Mesmerizing: Giraffe in a game reserve north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Mesmerizing: Giraffe in a game reserve north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (photo credit: BENITA LEVIN)

 
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Spending time in the outdoors is one of my favorite things to do – its always relaxing being close to nature, especially sitting close to the ocean. As a life coach, I often encourage people to do just that, to help take a break from the stresses of everyday business and work-travel routines. As much as I love being near the mountains or next to a lake, I’d never quite understood the apparent global fascination people have with watching wild animals. Growing up in South Africa, it always amazed me how so many people flocked to the popular game reserves across the country, to try and catch a glimpse of the so called “Big Five” – elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. It was never on my “bucket list.”

Now, as an “ola hadasha” (new immigrant) in Israel, we have been lucky enough to return to our home city of Durban – not only to attend family “smachot” (celebrations), but also, it seems to be a tourist.

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