Wild Africa Epilogue: The Road Best Traveled

5 Dec
Joan Higbee and Darla Davis at Victoria Falls

Joan Higbee and Darla Davis at Victoria Falls

(Winthrop, Massachusetts, December 5, 2013) When are we going back? Where are we going next? These are questions we’ve asked ourselves many times since our Road Scholar Wild Africa Program. Something magical happened during our journeys through Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia – magic that touched all of us; magic we all want to recapture.

When are you coming back…for a walk along the river?

When are you coming back…for a walk along the river?

Part of the magic is no doubt Africa itself. The wild animals we saw daily, so much that we almost took them for granted. Sure, we thought, we’ll see a few dozen elephants, giraffes, and zebras tomorrow. Of course, those are monkeys scampering across the roofs of our cabins at night.

A well-kept Zambian home near the Zambezi River.

A well-kept Zambian home near the Zambezi River.

But the magic of a Road Scholar program goes beyond any single location. We were welcomed into the villages and homes of the people we met, but we’ve always been invited into people’s homes everywhere Road Scholar takes us. Our guides, and the organization’s reputation, ensure that.

Watch the Road Scholar Wild Africa Program in Action! Click on the link below:

Road Scholar YouTube: Wild Africa Video

When are you coming back…for our Road Scholar hospitality?

When are you coming back…for our Road Scholar hospitality?

We were out in the wilds of Africa every day, yet we always came home to accommodations that were way more comfortable than we thought we’d see in places called “camps.” Real Africa – wild animals, village life, and spectacular scenery – was right outside our doorsteps. But what doorsteps they were.

When are you coming back…to see good friends?

When are you coming back…to catch up with good friends?

And we’ve stayed in touch. Our group has its own Facebook page, where we share photos, stories, and memories, even two months after our program. Old friends became closer, strangers became new friends, and our friendships grew to include the schoolchildren we met. Beginning next year, they’ll study in classrooms renovated with our donations.

When are you coming back…to see how we're doing in school?

When are you coming back…to see how we’re doing in school?

We saw  lions and water buffalo. But Road Scholar could just as easily take us to  Costa Rica’s giant tortoises and tree frogs. We stayed in camps, but we could also sleep in a French Colonial hotel in Saigon, a Queen Mary stateroom, or a trailside lodge near Zion National Park.

And we’ll see each other again, either by design because we’ll plan future travels together, or by chance, since so many Road Scholars come back again and again for the magic we know we’ll find on every program. And when we’re not traveling, we’ll often ask the Road Scholar question: Where are we going next?

In many ways, the sun never sets on every Road Scholar adventure.

In many ways, the sun never sets on a Road Scholar adventure.

Continue the adventure of our Road Scholar Wild Africa program by reading Sally Hensel’s blog at:

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/sallykhen/2/1380185035/tpod.html

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2 Responses to “Wild Africa Epilogue: The Road Best Traveled”

  1. Denise December 6, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Two months later, it’s clear there was something life changing about this particular adventure. Perhaps it was a magical alchemy of this group of travelers and guides or the allure of Africa (it’s people, animals and primal nature). One thing’s for certain, our hearts were opened a bit wider by our experiences and I, for one, left a piece of my heart there. Lucky me, I’ve also gained lasting connections with an amazing group of beautiful souls. Scratch and win!

  2. Barb December 6, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    Tom – wonderful, wonderful article–you captured so well what the trip “felt” like… and what it’s continued to feel like. Thank you! And to my fellow travelers… what special, special people you are!

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