Last year I was given the amazing opportunity to manage a rugby tour to the Western Cape of South Africa with work. So on July 30th three rugby coaches, thirty-two teenage boys and little old me boarded a flight to Dubai, arriving in Cape Town the following day. Two very busy weeks followed and I went deeper into rugby culture than I ever thought I would delve, but between the rucks and the scrums I emerged with some amazing memories of a truly beautiful place with some amazing people who I will forever call my friends. As I was managing the social media for the tour I became the official team photographer while on tour, but of literally thousands of photos taken on I only have about 100 that I can share as the rest are pictures of the team we used for blogs and promotion during and after the tour. Below are some of my favourites.
We travelled all over the Western Cape, seeing the most incredible landscapes at every turn. We visited Langa Township, Victor Verser Prison, Robben Island, Table Mountain, and even the training facility of the Springboks in Stellenbosch. We drove down the Cape to Cape Point and all the way to Albertinia for a Game Drive to round off our experience. Although the purpose of the tour was rugby, I (and we) got so much more out of it. I do hope to return one day to get an even better sense of this beautiful country, but this trip allowed me to meet so many kind and hospitable people that you could not experience on a normal vacation. It was truly an experience I’ll remember forever.
Check out more snaps from my time in South Africa on my Flickr.