A Wild Africa Program Checklist

16 Oct

Eight Things to Make a Safari Complete

1. Go Wild!

Our successful search for the White Rhinos of Zambia

Our successful search for the White Rhinos of Zambia

(Winthrop, Massachusetts, October 16, 2013)  Every day on a Road Scholar program is full of activity. But even with a packed itinerary, surprises are always on the agenda. One afternoon, we were asked if we wanted to see a rhinoceros or two. You can imagine our enthusiasm, even if the rhinos seemed less than impressed.

2. Learn

Josephine Rekart reads 150-year old letters at the Livingstone Museum.

Josephine Rekart reads 150-year old letters at the Livingstone Museum.

Some lessons were from the distant past. “This is a record of  incidents which occurred…with people of the interior, in order to…reproduce the feelings which animated me in endeavouring to open up Africa to the sympathies and succor of Christians in more favoured lands.” – David Livingstone, 1st January, 1854.

3. Teach

Denise Slusser’s impromptu dance class at Mambwe Village.

Denise Slusser’s impromptu yoga class at Mambwe Village.

Many of our best moments were spent with the people we met on our daily adventures. Conversations taught us much about their lives, but a few of us went the extra mile to create more active communication. Whenever we did, there was never a shortage of willing participants.

4. Laugh

Jan Thornberg and Abraham at the helm on our sunset cruise.

Jan Thornberg and Abraham at the helm on our sunset cruise.

Sundowners, that great tradition of ending each day with a toast to everyone and everything, gave us some of our best chances to relax and reflect. Some sundowners were more ornate than others, but even the most casual ones included the key elements of vistas, friendship, and fun.

5. Dance

Dorothy McFadden-Parker cuts a mean chitanga at Mambwe Village.

Dorothy McFadden-Parker cuts a mean chitanga in Mambwe.

One of the many great guides at Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa Valley is Peter Zulu – also the Headman at nearby Mambwe Village. He brought us there one afternoon for a local celebration of international friendship. The villagers got the party started, but it wasn’t long before everyone joined in the fun.

6. Jump!

Paul Mason adds a punctuation mark to his African adventure.

Paul Mason adds a punctuation mark to his African adventure.

Even with the action-packed daily itineraries put together by program leader Lisa Reed, there was still free time for us to select adventures of our own. Riding a zip line across one of Victoria Falls’ gorges may or may not be your choice, but the views – and the ride – are breathtaking.

7. Enjoy

Larry Kameya takes in the views at Victoria Falls.

Larry Kameya takes in the views at Victoria Falls.

Almost lost in the excitement of our other activities was a visit to the world’s largest waterfall, one of David Livingstone’s greatest discoveries. The roar of its mighty waters could be heard for miles around. But its scenic beauty inspired quiet contemplation of nature’s wonders, beyond the people and wildlife of Africa.

8. Remember

One of the most memorable sunsets of all time.

One of the most spectacular sunsets of our lives.

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2 Responses to “A Wild Africa Program Checklist”

  1. Jo Rekart October 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Tom – I enjoyed being reminded of all the extras that made this safari memorable and special. Great photos of everyone in context.

  2. Barb (& Les) October 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Am loving your blog, Tom! I laughed when I saw Denise and her “followers”… so glad you captured that moment.

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