There is no way to truly describe the wonder and beauty of being right amongst the wildlife when you visit Africa. Whether you go to the vast reaches of the Serengeti or are looking to be up close and personal with elephants in Kenya, there is so much to see and experience when you book a safari as part of your experience when going to Africa.
Below is an excerpt from one of our first experiences while we stayed with our friends at TAASA Lodge:
The Game Drive…
Don’t k now what to expect. I mean, we want to see lions, but… will we?
Driving out of the lodge. The buffalos are just chilling out-side of the gate. No big deal. JUST buffalos. And
What IS this place?!Heaven? Paradise? Because it can’t be real, just can’t.
But it is.
Vividly reminded that all is real by my ice-cold nose and fingers, even though I’m in the Jeep under a blanket. The air is chillier than expected.
Morning game drives are always fun.
Never know what to expect, but adventurous and very exciting.
The morning light is beautiful. And the nature…I could stay here for hours just soaking it in. Taking a thousand pictures, quite literally, and never tire of it.
Our spotter waved towards the mountains.
The sun. It ’s rising. So beautiful.
My ears catch his soft “simba!” and the heart drops.
For real? A lion? Where?!
My eyes catch the beige spot in the sea of emerald greens.
Kind of far. But not too much. We have good lenses, so should be great.
The Jeep keeps going forward.
Can we even get this close?!
Won’t they run away?!
The guide keeps getting closer.
My heart stops.
Two beautiful lions, a male and a female, are just feet away.
My eyes catch her gaze for a second. She is beautiful. Calm. Magnificent. And then him.
The energy. The power. The presence. He IS the king. There are no doubts. Just feet away.
Because being this close to one of the most magnificent animals there is is indescribable. We, as civilized humans, are conditioned to believe that they are dangerous.
Hear all the time: “They will attack”,
“Beware!”, “Protect! Defend! Kill!”
The truth is so different. Yes, they
will, if you impose on their space.
But only IF.
The connection between humans and animals is real. We can coexist.
There are unwritten laws that exist in ecosystems that are to be obeyed.
We don’t. Then we put the blame elsewhere.
Things I’m realizing during this trip are life-changing.
Day 4 can’t come soon enough.