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When you've acquired a taste for dust,

The scent of our first rain,

You're hooked for life on Africa

And you'll not be right again

Till you watch the setting moon

And hear the jackal's bark

And know that they're around you,

Waiting in the dark.

When you long to see the elephants,

Or to hear the coucal's song,

When the moonrise sets your blood on fire,

You've been away too long.

It's time to cut the traces loose

And let your heart go free

Beyond the far horizon,

Where your spirit yearns to be.

C. Emily Dibb

The breaking of dawn in the African bush is an experience like no other on earth. The feeling of truly being in a wilderness as nature intended, the sights, the smells and the atmosphere is, as many people would describe it... electric.

Game of all shapes and sizes wandering the plains, nomadic tribesmen tending their livelihoods only a breeze away from big cats lazing in the afternoon sun. Sundowner cocktails at dusk on top of a hill the plains stretching too infinity, the evening sounds of the bush starting their nighttime shift. Dinner under stars and tales of adventure around the campfire, the roar of a lion reminding you where you are as you turn your bed down for the night.

In days gone by, a safari into the African bush was, by all accounts a pretty major affair. Logistically, weeks and weeks of planning, not mention the substantial cost involved, would today put many an intrepid traveller off the idea. The sheer nature of a safari should require that whoever was brave enough to undertake the adventure, would also have to have considerable character to even contemplate it! No roads, no back up, hungry wildlife and in many instances not quite so friendly natives all made for a rather exciting adventure.

Today however, things are a little different. The world is your oyster when it comes to capturing the essence of an African Safari. Depending on where your romantic notions lead you, partaking in an African Safari, can be as you wish it to be. Rough and ready or simply luxurious. Camping in the bush, under the stars by a flickering fire, the bark of a leopard seemingly next to you, perhaps a walking safari with camels in the desert or if rather inclined, an air-conditioned room in a safari lodge with satellite television at your fingertips- whatever your preference, Africa will deliver it to you with a warm smile.