Five years ago, we made a list of must see as a family destinations. Africa was at the top of the list, but we had to wait for the kids to grow up a bit to make the trip. Before I get down to the business of summer, I wanted to close the loop on our journey…
Our visit can be summarized in two words: luxury and privilege. By luxury, I don’t mean The Four Seasons and 1000 thread count sheets. I mean the luxury of time. Time to just sit and think. Time to gaze while sitting on top of a safari vehicle surrounded by 4 families of elephants. Time to appreciate being together as a family as you experience the singular landscape and all it has to offer.
It was the luxury of interacting with the people, the guides in particular, who were so generous with their knowledge and enthusiasm for their country. It was the luxury of gazing at the immense array of stars peppered across the night sky and quietly reveling in the sun that reappeared each morning promptly at 6:30am.
By privilege, I don’t mean silver spoon and all that entails. I mean it was a privilege to see every animal in it’s natural habitat living it’s life. It was a privilege to observe a leopard seemingly lounging in a tree, but truthfully keeping an ever watchful eye on her baby leopards playing beneath her. It was a privilege to see the sunset behind a massive tree and watch the light shift before our eyes. It was a privilege to live, even if only for a few days, smack in the middle of such an incredible, untouched, wild and perfect landscape. It was a privilege to be reminded that we, as humans, are just one small speck of this operation we call the world. We get so wrapped up in ourselves – it was a privilege to get away from the nonsense of the everyday and just be.
I need to go back. And if Africa, Tanzania in particular, sounds of interest to you; you need to figure out a way to go. I have been home for exactly a week now and so many people have asked me for details of our trip so that they can begin planning their own adventure. Please keep asking. I could talk about Africa all day and host slideshows every Wednesday sharing our pictures (who’s in?).
If you are more of a read all about it type – we have consolidated all of the words that Grab Your Group and GO has written about this journey below.
Happy reading, planning, and going!