Soul Safari 2009
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
‘Thank you, Amy, for your excellent suggestion!’ Because of it, we’ve become a group within a group. Threaded together through our shared passion for photography, we’re allocated our own vehicle. Oh, the lush abandon of unreserved agreement to linger with wildness! Indulgence pervades our journey like French perfume. We’ve barely left the lodge when we spot our first subject. My heartbeat accelerates. This is unusual. Sitting a seat away from Dave, I feel his same response. All hands on board close around cameras.
The Martial Eagle rests on a bare branch, eyeing our every move. Marc manoeuvres the Land Cruiser so that the sun bathes our backs. A flurry of whispered questions fires from the back, fielded by him and Dave in the front. Brand experts both, they support Canon and Nikon respectively. Not that the raptor cares. It perches just long enough to allow an explosion of shutter clicks, like popcorn passing its eruption point. Huge wings unfurl for a preliminary hop. Then with a mighty flap, the bird is airborne, becoming a small speck on a distant tree. Never to be erased from memory, digital or otherwise.
Here’s the group of photographers, brilliantly guided by Marc, with Dave fooling around! Amy is the lovely lady second from right 🙂
. . . and the whole happy tribe!
That raptor sighting was one of countless magical moments on Hills of Africa Travel’s Soul Safari 2009, with Oprah-featured psychic, Ainslie MacLeod. Dave and I were fortunate to be the official photographers, documenting what was truly a trip of a lifetime. Perhaps this video clip of Day 3 explains it more fully, starting with the eagle taking off:
NOW FOR THE GREAT NEWS: Our friends at Hills of Africa are planning another dream adventure, also including Madikwe and Cape Town, for Sep-Oct 2011. This one will feature personal participation with Dr. Jonathan Ellerby, the ‘Spiritual Program Director for the acclaimed Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and an esteemed expert of holistic healing, spiritual counseling, and integrative medicine’. Read about all the AWESOME details here: Awakening Inspiration Safari – with our heart-felt recommendation!
To summarize in Dr Ellerby’s words: “At the end of this amazing safari, participants will be culturally enriched and spiritually inspired to live a life they love.”
- Dr. Jonathan Ellerby to Lead Awakening Inspiration Safari in South Africa (prweb.com)
- On an African safari, Brian Windhorst and friend are ‘in a constant state of awe’ (cleveland.com)
- Big 5 Travel that assists Local Communities (south-africa-travel.suite101.com)
- Soccer and Safari – A True Taste of Africa (globalthoughtz.com)
- Travel by Train through Southern Africa (subsaharanafricatravel.suite101.com)