Random Notes From A Debut Author

Patience is a Virtue…
Even on the Plains of Africa

NOTE: This is a guest post I wrote for Coffee Time Romance for their Santa Watch promotion on 24 Dec 2016. To read the rest of the post, visit their Blog HERE

The Great Migration Crossing in East Africa is rated one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Every year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate from Tanzania, across the open plains of the Serengeti National Park, and into Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve. Chasing the rains, the herds cover over 150 000 square miles of African wilderness. Once they arrive at the western Serengeti, the animals are forced to cross the rain-swollen, crocodile infested rivers of the Grumeti Reserve. And it was here, in this wild and open country, where I was lucky enough to witness nature at its most magical and most terrible.

Our guide was Sandra, a highly skilled Kenyan female ranger. When we climbed into the game-vehicle for our first afternoon drive, I noticed most of the men getting tense. A lady ranger! Gak! Our first drive was short, aimed at offering us a teeny-tiny taste of what we could expect in the days to come. Sandra drove us out onto the plains, and thirty minutes later stopped in the middle of the savanna.

I could barely breathe. A dazzling amount of wildlife was spread out as far as I could see. Buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, elephant…it was endless. I was so overcome I didn’t have the wherewithal to take out my camera. Of course, the impatient guests on our vehicle wanted to move on. ‘We want to see a crossing!’ they demanded. By this, they meant they wanted to see a herd of wildebeest crossing a river. I smiled inwardly when Sandra ignored their demands with good humor, and slowly made her way back to the lodge. Oh yes! I liked this lady ranger.

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