Oh my body gets so excited when I just think about it! Last January, one of my dreams came true. I went to South Africa! I had wanted to go there all my life and now I had the chance to create that through and Access class. I had no idea what to expect really, just that I had always wanted to go. What I received from this choice was truly incredible!
South Africa offers this sweet, caring, kind land that nurtures your entire being. We stayed in an amazing resort which is situated next to a reserve with a gorgeous mountain range and these incredible animals roaming the land. They also have a world class golf course if that’s your thing :) lol Really, TOP NOTCH! And it has a 19th hole that you require a helicopter to get to. Yup! I wasn’t kidding when I said top notch!
Anyways, before I got to the report, I had pre-booked a 3-hour safari ride for two mornings. I arrived a day early for class and after that first safari, I practically ran to the sign up desk and booked every single morning! That was one of the most incredible choices! What I received from those safaris was beyond words. And they are ridiculously priced! They worked out to less than $40 USD last year. A crazy price for something priceless!
I remember one of the mornings, we drove around for an hour or two and didn’t see very many animals. I became aware that I was thinking I should be disappointed, but instead I looked at my surroundings and just drank in the nurturing energy of the land itself with the mountains, trees, vast landscape and pure sweet space… That was enough… there was nothing missing in my world at that moment.
We did of course see lots of animals on that trip. Funny how that happens when you make a different choice! And we got so close to so many of them. That was majestic! Our truck was maybe 10-12 feet from a male lion who had just made a kill and was protecting it. I was engulfed in the sheer power of killing energy the lion is. There was no doubt that “I can kill you in a second” was what the lion knew. There was no threat in it, it just was. He was saturated of course from his kill, but you could not be unaware for even a split second and you knew it!
It makes me laugh now cause we were one of 3 trucks there. I was so aware of an energy of extreme concern coming from somewhere at one point, and it was so clear it was not mine. The energy of the lion penetrated every molecule of the space between my molecules and I was totally aware of all of him. Then our truck started leaving and being in the last row, I had this gorgeous opportunity at this incredible picture of the lion.
As we turned, I dropped my elbow over the back of the vehicle. I was so totally aware of the lion and that he was keeping an eye on me, but he was happy and content with a full belly. Make no mistake, he could get up in a flash and leap over, just as he had done only moments before with a daring Jackal who got too close. Just because he looked like he was relaxing… only a fool would make that mistake… once. They say to keep your limbs inside the vehicle, and that’s especially true when you’re super close to an animal. And I was so aware of the lion and his allowance that I could do what I did. And he gifted me with the most incredible picture. And an experience I will never forget.
On one of the afternoon rides that I jumped on last minute, we finally caught up with the two brothers. They were Cheetas and they had made a kill the night before we saw them. We found them grooming each other just beside the road we were driving on. When we stopped only 5 or 6 feet from them, they didn’t move, but turned their heads towards us. Their energy was playful and easy. Full of joy and fun. They saw no threat in us and continued to groom and wrestle with eachother. I was gifted with this playful, carefree energy they were being, while totally aware of their surroundings and everything in it. It was such an amazing space to be shown by them. That I could be vulnerable and playful and still be aware of all the little nuances miles away! Wow! Just wow! I’ll never lose that knowing.
Another one of my favourite moments that I will never forget is when we came upon a heard of elephants gazing and moving slowly forward. We stopped a ways out and watched them graze. Slowly they came grazing towards us. And as they got closer, we were right in the path of a couple of them. “Just sit still and be calm” our guide said. Ofcourse, we knew exactly how to expand beyond any limitations. As we were that space, we watched several elephants graze just feet away from us and move around the truck. One elephant was so close to the side of our vehicle, and then finally noticed we were in her way and didn’t look like most of the other things in her path. We were being an awesome spacious energy! She choose to go in front of our vehicle and as she walked in front, she got curious. She took her trunk and sniffed around the front seat, then past the front seat to the second row of seats. Her trunk fully extended into the truck, I watched the little end change shape and move around as she sniffed the air and checked us out. I’m not sure if we smelled bad or good or just non-threatening, but she was satisfied with the information she gathered and then retreated her trunk and slowly moved on past our truck to graze some more. I will never forget the sheer vast space that these elephants be. There is no threat in their universe. There is only space and being. And yet, in the middle of that space, you know that if they felt threatened, they could squash you in a second. It’s really true that they would not hurt a fly, but if you happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time… I’ve always loved elephants and the gift that they gave me of the huge vast space they are willing to be no matter what, will be with me forever more.
These are just some of the incredible animals we saw and shifted some huge things for me. There were so many more from rare turtles and snakes to giraffe, zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, monkeys, alligators, ostriches, Elans, Kudu’s. Each one with their own distinctive energy and each one gifting me so much. Those gifts that they be for me, contributed to the class and all I was able to receive there. If you would like my recommendation here it is: Come to South Africa and book a safari for every morning and maybe one or two in the afternoon. Then be ready to be wow’ed! You will NEVER be the same!
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What are you willing to risk to seek the adventure of a life time? And what have you defined as a risky a adventure? Well I can say for sure that going to south Africa is a risk... but not in the sense of safety or loss, rather in the sense that your whole world will be exposed to the true nature of the planet, and that you will come away from this adventure with a keen sense and an expanded knowing that there is way way way more to life on this planet.
So to shed some light on the dark ages of information spread over the media.
Is Africa safe? Well yes! And here are some notes to prove why.
Last time South Africa was in a war I think was in 1902 so we haven’t pissed off too many nations yet.
We shipped all our terrorist to robin island (*good spot to visit while in Cape Town) and they came back as presidents! Our economy is in more danger than you.
We are so far away from anything that not even hurricanes or tornados bother coming for a visit.
Our roads were built by Sweden and Austria (apparently), they are such great quality that they make you pay to drive on them.
Our cops are so proactive that they drive you to the ATM for bribes!
Those who are concerned about being kidnapped... please don’t worry, I have been living in SA for over 30 years and still no one has taken any notice of me. I try really hard by wondering around on our beautiful beaches, or a high end luxury mall and on weekends I go all out by going to fancy restaurants and not one person has tried to take me anywhere. I’m starting to think I’m not that exciting or that rich.
We are very very diverse in culture and have a stretched paradigm between rich are poor. The township across the road from my luxury estate is so poor that every weekend they all get together and sing songs, play music, have soccer tournaments and just too damn happy all day! eish
However yes we do have some very unsafe areas. The great thing is these are easily avoided and far from any tourist areas and developed cities...it’s not like our main city is built on a fault line that you have total unpredictability on when it’s going to go off...yes California I’m talking to you!
Also since cars came out in 1990 we have all switched from riding elephants around to these 4 wheel beauties. Now most of them come with this GPS system, I tried it once and it took me the wrong way, but I think it’s because she was British.
Our main Cities for touring have these long complicated African names like Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg...so please check with the team you in the right place.
And speaking of the British, the big yellow thing in the sky is The Sun! it is hot...very hot. Walking around like a human lobster is not sexy...it is entertaining though! Im sure there is a song about that, Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun?
Yes we have amazing wild life. And yes where you going has super amazing wild life! Animal Talkers...please be aware that a domestic cat and a lion have a different language, so if you have not done your course on The Advanced Dynamics Of Multiple Lingual Wild Cats please don’t pet them...they bite. The Team at Legends have done the course so any guided tours you will be good.
I would be more worried about the Buck teeth (spiced corn), dried Wildebeest (biltong) and the bush coffee made from the excretes of elephants and by some miracle is alcoholic (coffee with Amarula crème)?
As for snakes, spiders and crawly things yes we be having them, and we be having a lot of them. Sad to say their social circles don’t include loud noisy humans. Australia has even more deadly animals than we do and these Ozzies are still running around the world! I know because they keep beating us in Cricket.
And just on a side note we are among the tops sports countries in the world. We even have a guy that is rated the no1 batsman in the world for cricket, his name is AB... but when he was born I think our alphabet only went to C... gratefully we have got to Z in 2008. And a note for the Americans in Africa you pronounce Z as Zed, and shouting doesn’t make people understand you...speaking their native language does (luckily english will get you pretty far in SA).
Petty crimes alert... if you have nice shiny things you are a target. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wear beautiful things. I walk around everywhere with a watch that’s over $5000 and rings worth more. And speaking of such things I bought my watch for a really great deal! Guy I know knows this other guy that knows a guy that deals in fine jewellery and watches. What was funny though is I was having a beer with a mate of mine the other day and he said he had a watch just like that, same scratch on the strap and everything...
At Legends and any other accommodation DON’T leave anything lying around! There are safes...use them. No matter how nice you think people are a wallet with cash is a wallet with cash and their cousins party is coming up this weekend!
If you walk around with your bag open or leave it out of sight you might find things missing. Generally, people are not very good at putting things in your bag here, we don’t have exciting things to transport like Mexico or Brazil. So be aware.
So other than that I welcome you to come explore our very exciting multi lingual and diverse country. We have 11 official languages, beautiful weather, stunning people and more activities and adventures than fat camp. Our wine is the best in the world, our beef is to die for, our vegetables and fruits actually come from our country and we are generally grateful to have visitors to our magical land!
So please choose this adventure... you will miss out if you don’t! and we will miss you!!
Big hugs Graeme Crosskill
p.s Apologies for the poor grammar and spelling...I did go to a school in Africa after all.