There isn’t a single place in the world I’ve been to that I haven’t loved in one way or another, and every time I leave a place I almost always tell myself that I’ll make it back there one day. But with so many incredible places to see in the world, I usually try go somewhere new, as I love to explore other countries, learn about different cultures and try new things. I get caught up in new places and ticking things off my bucket list but, while the places that I’ve already visited and loved so dearly turn into a distant memory, they are never forgotten.
This is one of my favourite photos from the time I spent volunteering at a lion park in South Africa.
Emma the cheetah is the friendliest cat you could ever meet – friendlier even than my domestic tabby at home. She would play with everyone, wait patiently while I filled her water bowl, lie down next to me and fall asleep, all the while purring happily. Within seconds she would make you feel completely at ease being around a full grown cheetah!
Sitting still doesn’t come naturally to me. After a day of relaxing on a beach, my feet start twitching, and I’m ready to get up and start exploring.
All the travelling to reach new destinations can sometimes take it’s toll. I don’t even want to think about the ludicrous amount of hours I’ve spent waiting at airports or train stations; the number of times I’ve rushed in a panic to catch a flight; the amount of delays that have frustrated me, and the hours of sleep I’ve lost to jet leg; the irritation of bartering over prices for a local taxi, tuk tuk or bus; the air miles I could have earned if only I had been clever enough to sign up in the first place; and all the plane food I’ve consumed (and yes, I’m one of those rare few people who actually enjoys plane food. It’s food…what’s not to like?!).
One of the most incredible sights to see on an African safari is the Great Migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra make the journey every year with their young, from the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the greener Masai Mara in Kenya.
The river crossing is a big part of the migration and tourists flock to the river even when there are no animals in sight. Not only are the banks of the river incredibly steep and the water pretty deep, which means a lot of animals fall and drown, but the river is also full of hungry crocodiles, waiting patiently for the huge feast of wildebeest that walks right to them every year.
Safaris are just one of the many things that Africa is known best for, and for good reason. They are an amazing way to see the incredible wildlife up close in its natural environment, in a way that you just can’t at the zoo. No matter how many safaris I went on in my 4 months travelling around Africa, I was always overawed every single time.
This photo of a male and female lion relaxing together was taken in Etosha National Park in Namibia. Even though Etosha is not as well known as some of the other African national parks, it was one of our favourites as the animals were in abundance.
The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin
For my first post about one of my adventures, the only thing that I could possibly talk about is somewhere that is very close to my heart. In fact, it’s somewhere so close to my heart that I’m pretty sure I left it there when I returned home and it’s been calling me back ever since.