I always tell our guests that working and living in the bush is not just a job, but a lifestyle. I am proud to have made the choice to live a life of isolation away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the modern demands most are accustomed to. I have given up the busy traffic jams, long commutes, queuing at the supermarket and crowds of people shopping on a Saturday! And instead replaced these with an expanse of wilderness, spectacular sunsets, giraffe on the plains and hippo grazing outside my bedroom at night! And yet we are not too shielded from the happenings and goings on in the world just outside our bush bubble. We listen with an ear to the ground and hear murmurs of terrorist activity, mob brutality and other unconceivable things. It is for this reason that we have taken the decision to increase our security at the Beho Beho International Airport. Except this new addition to our Beho Beho International building was not really invited or hired – he just showed up this morning and so far is doing a good job of keeping any unwanted visitors out!
It was shortly after mid-day that the radio crackled to life in the office. It was Walter returning back from his morning at Lake Tagalala. ‘A lion in the Beho Beho International’ he called. A pretty strange thing to hear over the radio, so we decided to take a drive down there to get a better look. And of course, there stretched out in the cool shade of the Beho Beho International Airport House was a large young male lion – his new sprouts of mane hair starting to show. One would be mad not to take advantage of the free shade from the mid-day sun and of course the cool stone floor. He is one of the three new young male lions who have been making the Beho Beho area their new home. Karibu sana Simba (who has not yet been named) but we do hope you’ll be gone by tomorrow when we have new guest arrivals!
Then afternoon came with some tea and coffee and yummy citrus cream cupcakes. Ian was ready to take out his guest when the game drive quickly came to a halt. A traffic jam in the car park! Except this traffic was not caused by another vehicle, but instead by one of our resident bull elephants who was enjoying the shrubbery around the car park. He took his time plucking the leaves off the branches in a delicate fashion with his sensitive trunk. The game drive was confined to the car park – but there were smiles all round I’m sure! And our guest sat patiently in the comfort of the vehicle getting some great close up shots of this beautiful elephant with huge tusks!
All in all a fantastic day with much excitement and activity – all in the vicinity of the camp. So even though we have to put up with the occasional traffic jam, and delays in the departure lounge due to unforeseen security checks – I wouldn’t trade a job in the bush for just about any other!