I’m on such a wild safari high at the moment. Karma is real and my difficult guests from earlier in the week have been replaced with nine beautiful souls who have kept me smiling just about non stop since they arrived.
Smiling like a mad person.
It’s starting to creep me out…
But I just can’t stop.
Because these people really make my days.
I’ve said goodbye to four of them this morning, but before they left we had one last epic moose of a safari.
I keep saying it over and over again, but it’s true:
You make your own safari.
Whether you love it or hate it, rests firmly with you: the sightings you have can’t make it good. Nor can your guide. Bring a good attitude and you have a good safari. It’s that simple.
I can’t count the number of times during the last few days that I’ve turned to my guests and said, ‘wow, this is a real privilege.’
One sighting that was a real privilege was a juvenile martial eagle eating an impala. It probably caught that impala itself. Did you even know they could do that? You’d never believe the power that South Africa’s biggest eagle possesses. I could have watched it plucking fur and tearing strips of flesh all morning. I could still be there now, totally mesmerized. It was something beautiful and something I’ve only ever heard about. Never seen. Love.
Another privilege? What about the herd of elephants on the first night of our safari? The ones who let us into their complex lives for an hour. A proud and protective mother who stood between us and her tiny son, while that son and his cousin played innocently in the road, throwing sticks and kicking dust, as children the world over love to do. Before that, the five year old bull who continuously challenged an old bull to a ‘fight.’ That old bull lovingly entertained the child, locking tusks with it and pushing it around. With gentleness like I’ve never seen, he even allowed the little one to ‘win’ for a while; a tiny body driving a six ton giant backwards. That was the night that the smile got stuck on my face. I haven’t been able to get rid of it since.
And because it’s my blog and I can contradict my last blog post if I want to, I really wish I had a camera! If only to be able to share those sightings with you. Properly. But you’ve got to love grainy phone shots. They’re an art form in themselves. Maybe one day I’ll get a camera. Probably not. Mmmm… grain…
The ‘real privileges’ from this morning’s safari:
Lion (TWO separate sightings! Unheard of. It was kind of like watching lions from a light aircraft, but there were still lions…)
Martial eagle with an impala kill
Long crested eagle (Langkuifarend is my second favourite Afrikaans bird name)
Hoofnote: I’m attributing a good chunk of this happiness to being Facebook free – I’ve deleted Facebook and loving it! I’ll post soon about all the things I’ve learned since walking away…