The Extraordinary Personalities of Africa

23 Oct

An introduction to some of the unforgettable people we met in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

The line for lunch at Mfuwe Day Secondary School

The line for lunch at Mfuwe Day Secondary School

(Winthrop, Massachusetts, October 22, 2013) Everyone loves the idea of a safari. For many of us, it’s a lifelong dream come true. This post is a salute to the people who made it so infinitely enjoyable, either through their hard work guiding us along the way, or by simply inviting us into their lives for a brief moment.

Our chief guide, Lisa Reed, helping us wind down after another great day.

Our chief guide, Lisa Reed, helping us wind down after another great day.

Lisa’s knowledge of the land, its wildlife, and people – particularly children – is impressive. So is her ability to share it. We often didn’t know until later how skilled she is at managing on the fly, finding last-minute opportunities for adventure and making them happen.

You can’t say you saw the South Luangwa Valley without a morning nature walk with Peter Zulu.

You can’t say you saw the South Luangwa Valley without a morning nature walk with Peter Zulu.

Peter is not only a senior guide, he’s also Headman at nearby Mambwe Village. He’s a great host, taking visitors by jeep and on foot to discover wildlife and clues about their daily lives. When you meet Peter, don’t forget to ask him about dung beetles, or how elephants wear down trails to water.

Video: The people of  South Luangwa  are as curious about us as we are about them.

Patson Phiri and participant Ina Fernandez enjoy a laugh before our bush breakfast.

Patson Phiri and participant Ina Fernandez enjoy a laugh before our bush breakfast.

Patson Phiri is another senior guide based at Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa. He can offer compelling lessons from what seem like ordinary aspects of a walk in the bush. Animal tracks, fruits from nearby trees, insects, and birds as they fly by never cease to surprise him. And he never ceases to regale us with great stories.

Each product sold at Tribal Textiles is a hand-made work of art.

Each product at Tribal Textiles is a hand-made work of art.

Watching the workers at Tribal Textiles, we not only witness time-honored creativity and technique. We’re also seeing the growth of a new business, and maybe the early stages of a developing economy – one that’s committed to progress while preserving the best of established traditions.

The SEKA Theatre Group’s good-natured send-up of North Americans on Safari.

The SEKA Theatre Group’s good-natured send-up of North Americans on Safari.

Maybe the best thing about our African hosts is their sense of humor. One of the SEKA Group’s many productions includes a humorous look at travelers trying to get that perfect wildlife photo – like this well-framed shot of a kudu.

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One Response to “The Extraordinary Personalities of Africa”

  1. Cathie Martorelli November 4, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    I love the videos!

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