“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
Another leaf from my #SouthAfricaDiaries : An early morning safari in one of the game reserves at the Western Cape, when we set off to spot the Big Five—(Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo).
On a cold April morning, we joined a group of 10 eagerly waiting for animal sightings. A layer of mist lay suspended on the vast stretch of semi-arid grassland before us. As we entered the enclosure, the mist gently cleared up along with the rising sun, but the freezing wind numbed our fingers, while we sat motionless in our Land Rover open air jeep (with four sides open, in case you are wondering!) watching the rhino sauntering around us as if to check us out, while the leopards would pin their gaze at us in studied silence. There was perfect silence in the jeep. We hardly breathed when the big cats walked by. The rhino came next, almost inches away from us. Thrill and fear both played alternately in our minds. I could almost hear my heartbeat. We waited until the very last of them left. What a moment!
Due to the fact that there was no tree cover, and only sparse vegetation for as far as the eye could see, it was relatively easy to spot the wildlife. What an absolutely fantastic experience to see these animals up close. I think we were lucky to have got a few good clicks as bonus too before they made a quick dash into the shrubbery. An unparalleled experience truly!
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