Everyone can agree that the Kruger National Park is what makes South Africa a must-see destination.
Canadian actor Eugene Levy – from American Pie, Madea’s Witness Protection and the Netflix comedy hit Schitt’s Creek – gushed that this spectacular safari spot pretty much made him fall in love with South Africa.
No surprises there.
The actor, with a knack for portraying flustered and unconventional characters, has been filming a new travel docu-series that brought him all the way to our beloved country, notes IOL.
The new Apple TV+ series, The Reluctant Traveller, forces Levy out of his bubble and smacks him in the middle of some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing destinations including Finland, Italy, Japan, Costa Rica, the Maldives, Portugal, and of course, South Africa.
In episode six he visits the Big Five at the ultimate romantic luxury safari destination in the Kruger National park:
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The reluctant traveller told Condé Nast Traveller although he’s seen “every animal in the jungles and the plains of South Africa”, his visit this time round was far more special:
“So when Kruger National Park came up as a destination for the series I’m hosting and executive-producing, I honestly didn’t see a reason for going. You know, I’d already seen it all. But my frame of mind went from ‘I don’t necessarily want to be here’ to ‘I don’t want to leave’ in just one week. It was kind of magical,” said Levy.
While sitting in his room at Kruger Shalati and gazing out the floor-to-ceiling windows at an elephant and a hippo grazing along the Sabie River below, Levy said he could have easily camped out all day with the “most serene, comforting vignette”:
“One morning, I saw the largest crocodile I’ve ever seen slithering through the shallow water under the bridge. But the more I saw, the more I felt connected to this corner of the world and to the animals.
“There was something about the beauty of the landscape and the danger within it – that combo that made me think, okay, you know what, I get it now,” said Levy.
On another TV screen, however, those “dangerous” South African undercurrents are being turned into a crime thriller series.
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