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Madikwe Game Reserve on the border of Botswana, Friday,
There is a routine to life in the African bush.
And as unfamiliar and rare as it is to me I guess it is the everyday for the locals.
The day starts at 5am with a quick wake-up, a hasty dress and a welcome cuppa and then it’s straight out and into the wild with bright eyes and a heart full of hope. Everyday for the novice is a new adventure and no two days are alike.
The challenge of looking is what I enjoy because the rewards are monumental. One of my readers cleverly suggested I, “Look through the bush not into the bush”. How right she is and what a difference her nuance has made. On close inspection the vegetation runs in corridors and there are spaces between the thick scrub and scrawny bush. Once the eyes adjust it is as if a veil has been lifted and magically the beauty of nature is revealed; almost like a secret club.
I wouldn’t say I’m winning but I am far more in tune than I was.
4 or 5 hours later and we are back to the lodge for a breakfast of champions; appetites seem to match the size of the magnificent 5; my pants aren’t getting any looser. The afternoon kicks in around 4pm with another game drive and more wishful thinking. So far we have been very fortunate and seen much beauty close up and unimpeded.
The African safari is a languid activity with lashings of excitement. I love the silence punctuated with unfamiliar sounds, the mental switch off and the reminder that nature rules. All thoughts escape in the search for a Lion cub, a cheeky Hyena or the reclusive Leopard. Incalculable minutes tick by as their behaviours are observed in silence and hours can vanish as trackers and rangers play the roles of super sleuth.
At night the stories flow and that’s the engaging part when groups exchange their tales, talk of their sightings and embellish the close-up and not so comfortable moments. Nothing like a delicious drop of red to bring those elephants closer and the lions more ferocious ;)
The safari fashion is another facet that appeals.
I am intrigued how dressing tips from the practical to the fashionable; how the uniquely cultural can become the mode. I need no excuse to wear khaki; ever since my hair switch to grey, khaki has been one of the ‘neutrals’ I wear constantly.
Today am thinking specifically of the beaded bracelet.
Whether in the arts and crafts shops or the markets of Johannesburg and the small boutiques in the safari lodges, the beaded bracelet is the accessory to wear.
And the more the merrier.
Wraps, single bands in all colours and kinds are on the wrists. I have always been a fan of the bracelet, as you know, so I am wrapping and snapping as many as my wrists will take. It is certainly not a new trend but it is one that I haven’t paid enough attention to.
The bracelets really add a bit of something to the practical khaki on khaki on khaki. I am a Chan Luu fan so a few new beads to mix in are just the thing.
I can find fashion wherever I go ;) xv
Wrap And Roll
image, madikwe hillside lodge