Here’s a photo from one of the safaris we did in Botswana. Our guide, Paul, worked for the camp we were staying at. His skills amazed me. How he could look at prints in the dirt and know how old they were is something I still can’t fathom. He knew what he was looking for. I enjoyed watching him. At the bottom of the photo you can see the jeep the rest of us were in. I wasn’t going to get out. There are lions out there!
Travel Photo of the Day (August 15)
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I would be pretty nervous about the lions too, but it would be very exciting to know that they could appear any moment (as long as you were in the jeep).
The jeeps gave me a sense of calm, even though it was open.
I can imagine, at least it’s an escape route, should the worst happen!
Beware of the lions! Seems those guides trust their instinct so well that they climb out with lions around them?!
I can report, we didn’t find any lions that night. At least, they didn’t want to be found.
Ha Ha! I was thinking the same thing.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
I think we’d get along Francine
I wish I had some instincts!
hey, you can cook! That’s more than me.
I would have to say that one of the top things to make or break a trip is the knowledge and skills of your guide. When I went on that school trip with my oldest son to England and The Netherlands, we had an incredible guide. There wasn’t a question he could not answer, and he was organized and efficient! When we talked with some of the other schools, we realized that we had truly lucked out because some of the guides were not so good. It sounds like you had a great guide too :).
During my travels I’ve had many guides who have been fabulous. Occasionally I find a stinker, but I try to overlook that. Once though, we had a guide in Philly that was so horrible that we still laugh about her today. She said the most idiot things. She said something like, “This China town is a third of a fourth of a sixth of the largest in the States.” I’m sorry, can you run that by me again. Does not compute.
That’s hilarious! How did you keep a straight face? Hope you didn’t pay much for that guide :).
I felt bad, she was a college kid working her way through school. I even gave her a tip and now I hope she is successful in a different job.
I can’t say as I blame you!
I’m not the bravest soul.
Rough road, it seems. 🙂
Yes. I was happy we didn’t get stuck in the mud.
Yes, I would be nervous about the lions. Your guide is very skilled. It must take years of experience to be able to determine the age of tracks like that.
From what I hear they study for a few years and have to take tests. They have to learn so much and they need to have patience. That would be the hard part for me, but what a job!
These guys are absolutely amazing. Wish I knew a fraction of what they do.
Me too! I learned so much.
Great post, I would love to go on a safari at sometime in my life.
I hope you do!!