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Around a big safari camp there is always a lot of activity, like generators, cars, people, so animals tend to stay away. Therefore we love to go fly camping. A small camp brings you even closer to the wilderness. It is great to stand under a bucket shower in the middle of nowhere. Evenings are spent around the campfire, where marvelous bush dinners are being prepared. At night you sleep in a small tent and listen to the sounds of the night. Bullfrogs and hippos can be quite noisy. But to hear a lion roar or a leopard sawing close by is very special. We put up camera traps, hoping to catch the mysterious aardvark, which lives in the area. But that was a no-show. Maybe because of the weather. Unfortunately we had a lot of rain on our night out, so coming back to our big comfortable tent in the main camp was not so bad after all.
On our last safari in Kenya we did some great walking in the Naboisho conservancy in the Mara. The scenery is stunning, with both wide open planes and nice little rivers flanked by beautiful trees. Observing wildlife on foot is quite different than from a car. You tend to focus on the “small” stuff, like birds, insects and the vegetation. Most of the animals tend to run, as soon as they see a human figure on foot. But you have to be careful, not to surprise them or be surprised. This is not always easy, therefore it important to have an experienced guide with you. We walked with Roelof Schutte, who is also the manager of Naboisho Camp. Just after leaving the main camp we heard a serious distress-call of a buffalo. On the radio we told it was being attacked by a lion and we decided to walk around it at a safe distance, when we witnessed a big male lion walking in to join the show. Later, on our afternoon walk we came across a sleeping hippo whom we nearly mistook for a rock. But apart from that our bush walk was a great, relaxing experience.
Books for the child in us, sounds nice, but why do I use this phrase? Children look at the world with different eyes. They are still amazed by simple things. Somehow we seem to shift our attention to our daily chores, when we grow up. Traveling has opened my eyes again. Most importantly I have become to realize how beautiful our planet is. I hope we will be able to protect its wilderness for future generations. This of course is a very big cause, but we can all try to contribute our share. I hope that my books bring across some of the magic of the wilderness, not only to children, but also to you. I believe that the will to protect comes from the heart. What we love is what we cherish…