Travels with Susan


Rain, rain, go away

Posted on November 15, 2006 at 1:41 PM

Some days, you just won’t see anything out there – and the pressure is on. As a guide you know it’s more than likely that this is the only chance your guests have to come to Africa. They’ve probably been saving for years for this short visit – but there you are, in the middle of the bush, and there’s not a single animal in sight. I spoke about other things, but I knew they weren’t there to see the termites, but their amazing attitude only made me feel worse. On this particular day it was also raining. The thing about a rainy day is that it either goes one of two ways: The first is you see absolutely nothing; the second is you see absolutely nothing and something amazing.

So there I was driving completely soaked, trying to remember why I had chosen to be a guide, when nature reminded me. Out of nowhere, out comes a cheetah. He was walking like we weren’t even there, straight into the road in front of the Cruiser walking towards us. Finally, my luck had changed. Now for all you newbie’s out there, the best thing to do in this situation is turn off your engine and make sure your guests keep it cool. If you play your cards just right, you’ll get the animal passing within a breath of your Gamedrive vehicle. Luckily for us, he did just that. My guests were happily snapping photo’s when, to our delight, he jumped up onto a rock and took a nice, big, leisurely poop on top of it. While I tried not to burst out laughing, I could hear the clicks of the camera’s seem to double in speed.

Ever since that day, I am always on the look out for what’s waiting for me just around the corner. Nature never ceases to amaze me.



Categories: 2006

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