Final Sketches and a warm nostalgic goodbye to our 2016
I want to conclude this overview of our safaris in 2016 with a simple photo. but very dear to me and @Anita
: the two of us with Michael and Tico in the morning of the departure from our little mobile camp - our temporary home and our base to immerse ourselves in the lives of the local wild dog packs and to get precious insights about what research and conservation on the ground are all about. It is so special as far as we are concerned because it depicts us in the company of great and inspirational people, and it really shows the happiness in our faces - the same happiness that has pervaded all our safaris last year.
One evening as we were bouncing around some diabolical thick sandy track, Michael came out with a sentence that has stuck in my brain ever since:"This is not a manicured safari
". Extrapolating from it, I would love to think that all our safari year has not been a "manicured" one - even Tswalu, which may sound counter intuitive.
But really, throughout our travels we have been exposed to such multi-faceted and complex realities and stories - several of them uplifting (like the terrific job performed by African Parks), some of them depressing (like the steep rise in bush meat poaching and human/wildlife conflict) - and the variety of landscapes, wildlife, conservation challenges we have been witnessing has been so amazing and eye-opening that I would consider all these trips as a whole as very much "out of the box" and authentic journeys of discovery - in essence, "not manicured".
For me, sharing those experiences with @Anita
has made it all even more extra-special.
I confess that when we started to post this thread, we both were thinking it would be far shorter than it has turned out to be, that the number of photos would have been fairly limited, just showcasing bits and pieces of our trips. But then, as it often happens, trip reports or the like start to get a life of their own, and become long and winding (and the editing of photos a real chore).
But now Zakouma is beckoning, and I know Michael is going to work us very hard. Hence, some rest is absolutely mandatory....see you later!
Edited by Paolo, 26 March 2017 - 02:32 PM.