The bush gives me a sense of freedom and space. I love to stand around an open fire under the night sky. I am more interested in being close to the wilderness than having luxuries. In fact, a safari allows me to get away from civilisation for a while. No mobile phones, internet, shopping or rush hour. Game viewing is a huge bonus, but I am more interested in the entire experience than ticking off a list of sightings.
My most memorable safari experience happened while we were canoeing down the Zambezi River, close to Mana Pools. We were approaching our lunch spot when we spotted a young male lion lying under a tree. As we approached, he got up and moved away. We banked our canoes and climbed the eroded bank. Our guide was armed only with a paddle. The lion had only moved about 20 meters from us. As we were watching him, one of the canoeists made too much noise and within a split second the lion charged. We all turned in unison and dived into the crocodile infested waters of the Zambezi. Only our guide stood his ground and as the lion got to within meters of him he shouted and swung at it with his paddle. The lion braked and did a quick u-turn. It was all over within seconds, but our brave guide certainly saved at least one of us. As they say: Never run from a wild animal!
Masai Mara, Amboseli
Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Grumeti
Addo Elephant Park, Greater Kruger, Madikwe, Pilansberg
Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Mana Pools, Matusadona, Matopos