Cheyenne in South Africa

Cheyenne is a junior from Dallas majoring in public policy, with a minor in economics and human rights. She traveled with a group of 15 students, faculty and community members on a trip August 2-12 to South Africa, led by SMU Human Rights Program director Rick Halperin. The trip focused on the events and landmarks of apartheid, the system of racial segregation enforced there by the white-controlled government from 1948 to 1989.

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Nature break, South Africa-style

Today we took a break from the troubles of South Africa and visited a game reserve, or as the locals call it, “the bush.”

We drove two hours outside of Johannesburg to Pilanesburg National Park. It was freezing that day, and our guide provided us with blankets to wrap up in. Dr. Halperin was especially cold and wrapped up in two blankets, providing all the girls on the trip with quite a laugh. We took just as many pictures of him bundled us as we did the animals!

Elephant.jpgThe scenery was incredible, surreal. We saw all the major animals: elephants, rhinos, zebras, baboons, antelope, the African springbok, giraffes, hippos, and warthogs. One of my favorite parts of the day was when an older couple drove up next to our jeep and asked in a heavy South African accent, “Have you seen any giraffes?” Each time we came upon a new animal I felt like a little kid beaming with excitement.

We had lunch at a lodge overlooking the park, and I was unable to eat meat after seeing all the animals.

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