Last year December, I was most fortunate to be chosen to go on The Salt Water Girl Experience, along with another 10 girls. We were all flown up from different parts of the country to King Shaka Airport in Durban. We were pampered and treated like royalty and the best part of it all.. ALL EXPENSES PAID.
So basically, I went to Durban for a week, met new people, did things I’d never think of doing while having the time of my life, not even spending a cent. And not to forget, I had my bestie, Melissa with me.
6 December 2010
I was up early and made my way to Cape Town Airport where I said my goodbyes and headed over to Durban. Once I landed there, I immediately noticed the SWG staff waiting for me and the rest of the girls. I was quite nervous just wondering what it was going to be like. But that was all forgotten the minute I stepped through those sliding doors. I was welcomed and everyone was so friendly. By the time we got on the bus to go to the hotel, we were all chatting away and getting to know each other. We drove to the Royal Palm Hotel in Umhlanga and checked into the Penthouse suites. Yes, Penthouse. We were all assigned to our rooms and once we got to rooms wow were we surprised. Our beds were filled from top to bottom with sponsored things. From then on, I knew for sure this was going to be one gooooooood week.
- Our Beds with all our things • The Royal Palms Hotel
After all of this excitement, we headed over to the Riverside Spa in Umhlanga where we were treated to facials, massages, mani’s and pedi’s. We were also provided with an amazing lunch and smoothies. After all that treatment we got our makeup done for an underwater photo shoot. That was great fun, even with the cold water. We then headed back to our hotel to have supper and get some rest.
- Getting make up done (not cool) • During the underwater shoot
7 December 2010
We were supposed to get up bright and early to go for a morning yoga session although those plans were ruined by the rain. I won’t lie, that was probably the best news yet, MORE SLEEP. Fortunately the weather cleared up abit after breakfast and we headed down to beach for some surfing. We were coached by the staff of Roxy Learn to Surf. I think all the girls managed to get up eventually. The water is definitely warmer in Durban than here in Cape Town. After surfing we went over to Gateway to ride in the XD Experience. The XD experience may only be 5 minutes long but wow, it was fun. We didn’t leave Gateway just yet, we made sure to get some shopping in.
- Taking a casual surf • Enjoying lunch at Kauai
8 December 2010
We got up really early to have a yoga session in one of the parks nearby. Yoga is different, but it was quite relaxing seen that we didn’t get much sleep. After yoga we went for some breakfast and then went over to uShaka Marine world to go scuba dive. We arrived there and received wetsuits and scuba gear. We got to scuba dive in the actual aquarium… WITH SHARKS. After that amazing time we all had to man up and do an elevator jump on a 40 story building at South Beach. You get pulled up to the top of this building, once you at the top you can see the whole of Durban and you hang at the top there for at least a minute and then all of a sudden you get dropped back down to the surface! After get our sense of gravity back we had a sick lunch at Kauai. After lunch we got pampered with makeup and then went to watch movies. (I was so tired I slept through the whole movie)
- Early morning yoga • Melissa being lifted up the building
• Heres a short video of the elevator jump. Yes, i took my camera up with me :)
9 December 2010
This morning we checked out the Royal Palm Hotel and checked into the Riverside Hotel. We started off our day with a mission to find dolphins. Although we didn’t manage to see dolphins, the sea was to rough. Instead we made the best of it and had the sickest boat ride ever. We were all seated on a rubber duck and were told to hold on. (Note to self: if people tell you to hold on its going to be a bumpy ride, DO IT!) After this bumpy ride we went over to the South Coast to face one of the highest gorges in the world, Oribi Gorge. Once we got there the nerves grew as we were told we were going to jump of this 200m gorge. Many of us managed to face the fear and do it. It was probably the scariest thing I’ve done in my life but it was probably the best thing I’ve ever experienced!
- Just as I jumped • Melissa after her jump, waiting to be lifted
10 December 2010
Today we went down to Giba Gorge in Kloof. Here we had a day filled with activities and things to do. Including mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, courses and more. We also got to experience the amazing forest on horseback. After this tiring day we went back to our hotel where we met two of the ladies also involved in the magazine. We got a motivational talk from Madz and spoke to the Editor, Candice. (yes we share the same name) We ended our day with a huge dinner at the Riverside Hotel.
- All the ladies being put the test on the obstacle courses
11 December 2010
This ay was probably the worst day of them all. It was the day our experience came to an end. We all had breakfast and then got interviewed about the things we enjoyed most. After the interviews we got all packed up and made our way back to the airport. When we arrived at the airport it was time for goodbyes. Although I knew the goodbyes weren’t forever. We all made friendships that will last forever. The Salt Water Girl Experience put a wonderful end to my year.
- Melissa and I saying goodbye to the wonderful times we had…
HERES A VIDEO OF THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE:
You can also read more about the whole trip in the Saltwater Girl Magazine. There is a 6 page article about it :) you can also check out the SWG website. http://swg.co.za