September 14, 2009
Sitting in a traffic jam on the way to Norfolk this weekend I was pondering why go to Africa?
To see animals in the wild is the obvious answer and yet once there and you have had the first initial thrill of seeing your first lion or herd of elephants there is more. On an African safari you will have time to appreciate the diversity of the planet and begin to take pleasure in the smaller things as well as those big open spaces. Hectic lives in Europe mean we often do not have time to relate to the environment and see landscapes without buildings and the trappings of the western world.
Empty, wild beaches too are such a pleasure both by the sea and along inland lakes such as Lake Malawi and Tanganyika. I have been to quite a few stretches of beach where you can walk without seeing anyone for an hour.
Meeting friendly people without attitude is another reason. One would be forgiven for thinking that with all the problems we read about in Africa there would be gloomy people. Amazingly, Africans don’t do hopelessness. There is a wonderful indomitable spirit and it can rub off.
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