Safaris in Africa, when did it begin?
A guest blog from Mr and Mrs Hog
My love affair with Africa began in Canada. When I was twelve, I found my parents copy of Osa Johnson’s book I married Adventure, from there I was hooked.
I read it at night under the covers with a torch when I was supposed to be sleeping and I was captivated. The thought that I might someday get myself on a safari in Africa never crossed my mind. Safaris in Africa were places I went to in dreams.
But 55 years later, we met Christine 01524 242018. it was contagion at first site, her passion for Africa was infectious and my wife, Penny and I touched down at Kilimanjaro Int’l Airport some six weeks later, and so began, for me, the fulfilment of a dream. My feet on African soil.
For 18 days with our trusty guides we roamed through Northern Tanzania. Our very first safari in Africa, beginning at Arusha NP on the slopes of Mt. Meru where we saw our first Giraffe. It was love at first sight for Penny.
Our safari continued to Lake Manyara with its Elephants and its soda lake.
Olduvai Gorge known by the Masai as Oldupai, where it struck home that we are all African regardless of where we were born.
Our safari continued into The stupendous Serengeti with its endless grasslands black with Wildebeest and countless Zebra and Impala.
And finally the breathtakingly majestic Ngorongoro Crater where we caught a fleeting glimpse of the critically endangered Black Rhino.
It was over far too soon, it was the trip of a lifetime, and there is much more to tell, many more experiences to relate including the tale of “the Skink in the Sink” and “the Roar that shook the Tent” but we’ll save them for another day when we can raise a glass or two to Africa.
We never expected we’d go back to this magical continent, let alone, enjoy another safari in Africa. In 2013, our daughter accepted a job as a coordinator with a small NGO in Zambia and suddenly the dream of a return became a reality.
The Africa Travel Specialist featured highly once again and our trusty Guru, lover of Safaris in Africa, fine wines and travel came to see us and before long we were once again on board an international flight, this time bound for Zambia.
We travelled to lively Livingstone in Southern Zambia, this trip was in the “green” season, where we spent hours spellbound with wonder at the mighty Victoria Falls, the Smoke that Thunders
There were excursions into Botswana and boat trips on the Chobe River getting close up & personal with feeding Elephants and Hippos.
A Safari in Hwange NP in Zimbabwe, one of the most beautiful places on our planet, where the Eagles danced for us over the waterholes, we saw lions on their kill and watched daily life in countless Elephant families.
Not content with just one trip, our safari in Africa love affair continued, and we once again decided to embark on an African Odyssey this time in the dry season September, a fantastic contrast in terms of the animals we saw.
We drove to Kafue, down the long dusty road from Lusaka where we spent idle days boating and watching the river life and at night, nestled snugly in our tent while the Lion’s roars shook the canvas walls.
A short flight to Mfuwe, in South Luangwa, the home of the Leopard. We watched and wondered at these beautiful cats going about their daily life.
We spied on herds of Buffalo, families of Elephant and prides of Lions, lazing the day away or marching towards water.
Everywhere we went the bird life was fantastic.
Now we are back at home, wondering if we can return – We can only hope we will – a safari in Africa gets in your blood.
Go if you can, you’ll never regret it and you will fall in love!