Just another day in Africa

I’ve really enjoyed reading everyones take on this months travel linkup theme about ‘love.’ There are so many things I could talk about here but I thought I’d share one of my most memorable travel experiences in the form of a short story…

( G if you’re reading – this isn’t one of those ‘loosely based on’ stories! 😉 )

 

Surpassing the need to scream ‘We found it!’ is probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I had just spent the last hour trekking through the wild African bush, fast enough to keep up with the guide, not too fast to create too much disturbance. Ducking low hanging trees, looking behind to check our small group was still together and every so often being surprised by a lovely sharp acacia branch brushing swiftly across my arms. Wounds that I endured with pleasure as I eagerly carried on to reach this moment.

A parting of the grasses revealed a species on the brink of extinction, here in Matobo National Park, two of the worlds few remaining white rhinos stood before us. Standing still hoping not to startle them, holding back breaths so the only sounds were that of the surroundings. We all shared the same gaze, staring in awe of this magnificent creature happily grazing, blissfully unaware of their threatened existence.

Only a few minutes in and the sun started to fall behind the granite rocks, we knew our moment was over and we had to act fast to get back to the truck. Here in the midst of winter, as the sun set, the temperature too dropped almost in perfect harmony.

Our guide Andy piled us into the car, ‘closing up the jeep’ as the cold winds started. The five of us shuffled close for warmth as the final door shut and we were plunged into blackness.

Every road bump seemed rougher in the dark. All excited talk about the afternoon’s adventure started to fade, as we realised the ride home was starting to feel longer. What was going on? We shouted through to the front, trying to get some answers. No reply. We tried again, in unison. No reply. The journey didn’t seem to end and every minute that passed felt longer as we all sat in silence.

After what felt like an eternity, we came to an abrupt halt. Andy’s heavy footsteps were the only sounds once the roaring engine was silenced. ‘We’re here,’ he gushed excitedly as he threw open the door. Gingerly, we each climbed down one by one. There was nothing around. No lodgings. No people. No trees, nothing?

It was an endless plain of open space. We were the only beings here. Just us, the ground we stood on and the endless starry sky surrounding us.

They were the kind of stars you see in textbooks. Bursts of light illuminating the entire sky. Shooting stars streaking every so often, the constellations mapped out flawlessly.

Andy reappeared, with blankets and mugs of deliciously warm hot chocolate. He talked us through tales of the cosmos and astrology. It was the real life version of a beautiful, night-time dream.

That’s the thing I love most about Africa. Every time I think I have had the experience of a lifetime, there’s always an unexpected surprise waiting round the corner, ready to take what’s left of my breath away.

 

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Author: Sus

Head Chick at Jet Set Chick
Keen interest in art and design, discovering new cultures and learning from my experiences. Oh and cats. I love anything to do with cats.

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  • What a lovely memory and to see the white rhino too is something special.

    I remember doing a 3 day safari at the Kruger National Park and seeing 4 of the big 5. That was certainly something special. It would have been even more so if we’d seen a leopard which we just missed by literally seconds.

    • Sus

      Thanks Guy, I love those moments when you’re frantically scanning the plains looking for animals – even to catch just a glimpse.

      Not been to Kruger yet, definitely one for the list!

  • I totally understand your love for Africa. I fell deeply madly in love with the continent when I first visited 5 years ago and I haven’t been able to go a day since without thinking about some memory or other from our time there. Isn’t it just an incredible part of the world <3

    • Sus

      It really is. It’s one of those places that imprints on you for life 🙂

  • This sounds so exciting!! Africa looks beautiful, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sus

      It really is 🙂

  • Such a lovely memory! And you’re very lucky to have seen a white rhino.
    I’m heading to Africa this year and hope to spend a magical evening under the stars like you described!
    Happy Travels 🙂

    -Vicki
    http://www.maketimetoseetheworld.com

    • Sus

      How exciting! I definitely need to make time to return again soon. Look forward to reading about your African experience, make sure you aim to see at least 4 of the big 5 x

  • I love how you’ve written this – such a cool idea!

    • Sus

      Thank you 🙂

  • Cool story! I can’t wait to visit Africa (specifically, somewhere I can safari) some day!

    • Sus

      Thank you, and you really can’t afford to go to Africa and not safari!

  • Such a beautiful post! I felt like I was there myself! Such an amazing memory, I’d love to revisit Africa one day.

    Y x | The Sweet Seven Five

    • Asma

      Thank you for your kind words! It was an amazing experience x