I am now officially a backpacker! I have left the luxury and comfort of my king size bed to sleep on a top bunk and have waved goodbye to the single, alone tourist and embraced my ‘look at me travelling by myself' backpacker ego.
But there are a few lessons I have realised on the way to my new status…
Lesson 1 – Stop looking scruffy. Just because you're a backpacker doesn't mean you have to wear tatty, tramp like clothes. (memo to myself to buy new clothes and dump the hideous brown t-shirt).
Lesson 2 – Keep the safari wear for the safari and don't wear around town (not a good look).
Lesson 3 – Don't forget to put sunblock on your hands.
p.s husband number 2 is definately not on this tour: just a group of Chinese, too many couples and a bloke called Andy.
Tomorrow, wine tasting and my first night in a tent on my African encounter…
If you're looking to travel to South Africa as a solo traveller, read the Solo Travel in South Africa guide for inspiration.