Connecting the Hearts to Africaon Nov 21, 2023
The timeless tradition of safaris has unfolded across the years – on foot, on horseback, and in vehicles. Each safari creates suspense and eagerness, captivating our senses as we journey into the unknown. The connection to Mother Nature is felt the moment you step into the African bush. Growing up in an untamed wilderness and experiencing unspoiled nature has given me a profound sense of home and belonging. It invites introspection and a desire to conserve the beauty always within reach of our eyes.
Nothing compares to the self-freedom and rejuvenation of one’s mind in the middle of unspoiled nature, in your own space, coupled with birds and animal sounds as they advertise their territories in the early mornings or evenings. The connection to nature kicks in instantly.
Early mornings are usually my favourite, and I always ensure we are among the first to head out. Waking up to Grey go-away-birds and Spurfowls with their high-pitch calls, sounding like an alarm clock, is almost a daily occurrence. The fresh smell of the mud mixing with dew or rain from the early hours is an experience on its own. It is a great feeling to involve my guests in the art of tracking animals. Finding the animal we are tracking together and opening our minds to the bigger picture of how Mother Nature has her own way of rejuvenating our minds is always a great fulfilment.
My favourite places at Sabi Sabi are vast open areas, enjoyed mainly by giraffes, elephants and many other animals, and a frequent hot spot for cheetahs. Witnessing the sun rise or set while watching the wildlife starting or ending their day is something I appreciate, and even better if on foot, getting closer to the animals. Taking my guests on safari in the early morning is the best, and it is when all the magic happens!
Taking guided walks is what I love to do the most. Looking at the smaller entities of wildlife that we usually miss when we are in the vehicle is pure magic. The connection to touch and feel gives a sense of belonging and freedom. Examining particular dung, listening to a bird call, and seeing little insects and frogs all connect us to the freedom of experiencing nature at its best.
The Big 5 experience is the gateway to an epic safari but includes the little things along the way. Sharing my knowledge of the bush and helping to interpret and educate brings everything to light and offers such enriching experiences.
We may not understand fully how and why nature works the way it does, but still, in all its complexity, we can only embrace and admire the beauty of how every organism will depend on one another directly or indirectly for survival.
Blog by Ronald Mutero (Selati Camp Ranger)