“You must have the best job in the world!” – this is a statement I receive often from my guests, and I am not bragging or anything, but yes, I do.
I love what I do and I am enthusiastic and enjoy that it brings joy to others but when we are in a sighting of a leopard in a tree or in between a herd of elephants, that’s when I find myself, switching off for a second, calming down and taking the moment in! I do this every day and this still takes my breath away.
I want to share with you some of the moments of when I had just stopped to take it all in and thought to myself, this is so “surreal”. They might not be exciting or action-packed moments, but it’s the moments when you can find yourself, molded into their day to day lives. The moments when you can be with these animals and you are in no way affecting them. These are the moments I want to share.
The most recent one, the day my cycle ended… Now don’t get me wrong, Sabi Sabi is a place renowned for their leopard sightings and this majestic animal is one we get to see more than occasionally.
It was an overcast morning and things had been a little quiet on safari when a pretty little lady made her way through the bush going about her day. She walked passed us, making her way to a fallen over tree, possibly for a good advantage point but also to possibly get higher and away from biting flies. She had a little grooming session and then proceeded to take a nap. She just lay there while we all watched and admired her beauty and that is when the moment is surreal, who gets this opportunity?!
Another spotted beauty we don’t get to see too often, but always a blessing when we do.
A beautiful day with the African colours to never disappoint. A male cheetah made his way across the open plains. Cheetahs are very vulnerable out of the apex predators so making his way cautiously to a fallen over tree to reach a vantage point to scan out danger but also a potential meal. He posed ever so boldly, giving us the moment that is very hard to forget.
Elephants and rhinos, the calming beasts. I always find myself in awe of these creatures.
And there is nothing more calming and “wowing” than being in the presence of these animals.
May it be a herd of elephants or even just some lone bulls going about their daily lives – eating! Moving along to the next eating spot or even to get a fresh drink of water. I have had many sightings with these lovely animals and each being so special. It’s almost a privilege to know you are able to spend the time around them.
Rhino are always interesting, rhinos have poor eyesight and when grazing, can walk right up to your vehicle without hesitation. These beasts come across so gentle and innocent in a world where we fight to keep them. Taking in the time with them seems priceless.
And lastly, African colours, the spectacular sunsets we get to experience every day. I love these moments, when you just stop and stare, everyone becomes quiet and the world still, taking in the seconds as you watch the day come to an end and the night life emerge!
The world we live in is incredible, I enjoy these moments because it reminds me to never take that for granted!
Enjoy and appreciate the wonder.