sabi sabi ranger stories

days of pleasure

It is the first moment of excitement when we find a clue in the sand - the track of an animal. This is the moment when all senses are heightened and you feel the bush around you as you go in search of the elusive animal.

On this particular outing, my tracker, Eric, and I concluded that the tracks we had found were fresh - those of a small herd of male buffalo. A musty smell in the air told us the buffalo were close. I explained to my guests what we had found and the excited cries from the vehicle made me determined to find them.

We followed the tracks into a thick Tamboti thicket, bordering a river. There were no signs of the animal and the presence of the protected Tamboti trees restricts us from going any further. My tracker and I would have to move in on foot to have a closer look to see if we can find the buffalo. I explained to my guests what we are going to do and then Eric and I set off into the thick bush. I carried my rifle at the ready in front of me and Eric held a handful of rocks - just in case the disturbed buffalo charged us.

We walked for about 100m until we spotted them - seven large buffalo sleeping in the shade of the Tamboti trees.

We hurried back to the vehicle and gave the good news to very excited guests that we had found them.

Being a ranger means having a lot of passion for our job, enjoying the hunt of tracking down an animal and mostly it is about giving guests that experience they have come to the bush for - experiences and memories that they can keep forever.

Ranger: Dallas Burton

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