In Africa, there is drought, and then there is rain. There are pale blonde landscapes, then vibrant green ones. We pass bones of wildebeest scattered on the open plains, and then see newborn youngsters galloping alongside their mothers, still wet just minutes after they’re born. Being on safari opens our eyes to the broad spectrum of life on this amazing planet. We see robust herds of elephants, grumpy Cape buffalo, and conglomerations of blissful hippos piled together in pools and rivers. These and so many other creatures bring these places to life and add vigor to a world where we also see signs of death and hardship; a fresh carcass, or an orphaned calf. Spending time in the wild on safari we confront these realities on a daily basis, and find that life keeps winning out, it keeps thriving and surpassing the odds, it keeps affirming its strength and beauty in grand ways.
What is so amazing about being on safari in Africa is this constant grand theater playing out across epic landscapes where unscripted performances are given daily by the world’s best known animals; zebras, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, crocodiles, and myriad different species of other antelopes and birds.
Each day on safari, we don’t know what we’re going to see. Yet, incredibly, there’s never a day without wildlife, never a day without experiences that leave us in awe. That’s why – as the eastern sky begins to glow with warm colors at sunrise, and we sip coffee at the door of our tent listening to bird songs amid the distant roar of a big lion – we begin every new day with a delightful sense of wonder, hope and anticipation.
re•ju•ve•nate: make someone or something look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively.