bundesliga.com finds out what the Wolves have been getting up to in the wonderfully diverse Rainbow nation...
Robin Knoche, Max Grün, Moritz Sprenger, Paul Seguin and Sebastian Stolze joined team doctor Dr. Günter Pfeiler and kit men Herbie Rüttger and Nils Scholz on safari at the Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve on Thursday. The area was destroyed by fire in 2000, but has since been transformed into a flourishing wildlife haven. "It was unbelievable to get so close to all the animals," said Germany Under-21 international defender Knoche. "Now we've experienced South Africa first hand."
Patrick Ochs (l.), Sebastian Jung, Patrick Drewes, Maximilian Arnold and fitness coach Felix Sunkel, meanwhile, witnessed an altogether more humbling side to the Mother City at the Imizamo Yethu Township. The settlement is home to over 33,500 people and has precious little infrastructure for sustainable living. "It was really interesting to see," explained Ochs. "It's not the kind of thing you experience every day and it reminds you how privileged we are in Germany."
Christian Träsch (r.) and Co. rounded off the day with an informal get-together with fans at the Shimmy Beach Club. It proved an unforgettable experience for the sizeable number of Auto City club aficionados to have followed their heroes out to South Africa - a 13,299-kilometre journey no less. "When we see the players on the pitch it's totally different," one lady told club TV channel Wölfetv. "They sat here at a table with you like you would be for breakfast at home. It's just great."
Nicklas Bendtner (2nd r.), meanwhile, posted this Instagram showing him with his team-mates Aaron Hunt, Kevin De Bruyne and Bas "Bassi" Dost (l. to r.):
I have never seen Bassi so excited. He insisted we all had to take a picture with this turtle. It's the first time he saw one.. Look at his smile when he touches it. Priceless! #Aaron #Kevin #Bas #Bendtner @vfl.wolfsburg
A photo posted by Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtner3) on Jan 16, 2015 at 3:54am PST