Time to get some mud on the tires…The best way to get out and experience all that nature has to offer us. Most lodges offer 2 games drives a day. One in the morning that returns in time for a late breakfast and an afternoon dive that brings guests back in time for dinner.
It is usually at the latter when guides interact with their guests, offering then some insight as to what they might have experienced during drives.
The early morning sun glints off this communal spider web nearby. Like a tapestry woven by master artisans, each delicate thread symbolizing the interconnection of all living beings. Such was to be an introduction to a day filled with possibilities.
With the vast landscape stretching to the horizon and beyond, guests and their guide headed out to see what the day has in store for them. Unlike a zoo where sightings can be guaranteed, in the bush each drive is unique, bringing with it the promise of experiences that will never be forgotten.
Beneath the vast expanse of the starlit sky, a group of guests huddled around a crackling campfire. Their adventures in the bush had left them tired and exhilarated and now, as the embers danced in the fire’s embrace, they drew close as their guide shared tales interwoven with the animals that they had seen while on game drives during their stay.
“Once, in a time long past, when the world was still young, and Africa a tapestry of untamed wilderness, home to an abundance of remarkable creatures”…
As the story unfolded, the guests were introduced a gentle giraffe whose slender neck allowed her to reach the highest leaves, a symbol of grace and elegance in the vast plains. Her presence was comforting to all, as she watched over the land with her kind eyes and shared her wisdom with anyone willing to listen.
The tale then led the listeners to the vast zebra herds that they had seen, with their striking black and white stripes blending together like a living masterpiece. Led by a wise stallion, the zebras moved in harmony, a synchronized dance that spoke of unity and strength.
The tale included the guinea fowl, with their distinctive spotted plumage and peculiar calls that echoed through the vast expanse. Their presence was a reminder of the intricate web of life, where every creature, no matter how small, played a vital role.
Not often seen in the wide, ostriches, with their long legs and wings that cannot lift them to the skies. Yet, they danced joyously across the plains, their enthusiasm contagious to all who witnessed their playful strides.
However, amidst the serene beauty of the reserve, there were also creatures of fierce prowess. This lioness was the embodiment of strength and cunning. Her fiery eyes glowed with determination as she hunted with relentless precision, her determination was an essential part of the delicate balance that governed life and death in the wild.
And where there were lions, there were also buffalo. The large herd that the guests had been exposed to was led by a formidable bull with mighty horns. The buffalo brought a sense of rugged resilience to the story, an unwavering spirit that withstood the tests of time and weathered the storms that swept across the land.
The guests had encountered this squirrel and they marveled at the way his nimble paws would groomed his bushy tail for the longest time. Squirrels are curious souls and will often explore the boundaries of the area that they lived in, searching for hidden treasures and secrets whispered by an ancient acacia trees.
Finally, as the embers of the fire died to a dull glow, the guide described the mesmerizing sunset, where the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of orange.
It was a moment of awe and tranquility, evoking a sense of wonder and humility in those who beheld it. The sight of the sun bidding farewell to the day filled the hearts of the listeners with profound emotions. A mixture of gratitude for the wonders they had witnessed and a longing to return to the untamed beauty of Africa and all that it offers.
As the guests settled in for the night under the vast African sky, the tale that the guide shared lingered in their hearts, a cherished memory of a land where nature’s majesty reigned supreme, and the soul found solace in the rhythm of life.
Check out the archived and current interviews… click on the image above.
All images are the copyright property of
and may not be used without permission.