travel more authentically
we're rapidly expanding our safari and retreat reach! there are so many beautiful places in the world and we just feel like we really need to get out and see them!
after about 15 years of traveling, working and adventuring in Southern Africa (with several bouts elsewhere) we have decided it's about time to move into East Africa- in fact it's where bahati's name came from (anyone guess what bahati means?)
[Fun Fact: bahati's momma started off college by studying several african languages; swahili first, then xhosa and sesotho and then zulu (now struggling along in setswana and french).]
while we love Southern Africa and love spending time in our old stomping grounds, we are excited to explore and expand. we will be taking our first ever 'research trip' to East Africa in December & January and covering many different regions so when we come back we can craft the most perfect, bespoke retreat for our clients. our research trip includes:
1. Kilimanjaro Climb (how can you not?)
2. Ngorongoro Crater (if you're already near you need to see a sunrise there)
3. Serengeti (the penultimate)
4. Lake Natron
6. Zanzibar (ok this is just for fun)
8. Virunga, DRC
9. Masai Mara
10. Laikipia, Kenya
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the problem with bucket lists is they they almost inevitably turn into more bucket lists. if you're doing it right you just keep chasing the proverbial dragon... such was the case with one of our last 'adventure' trips which was what turned out by-chance to be a research trip for our botswana conservation-focused retreat. wow, and was it ever an adventure! so, as i went to cross off the last 'bucket item' sitting by a beautiful and necessary fire with a nice glass (i mean it was probably more of a just 'drinking out of the bottle', if i'm being honest) of wine contemplating having finally finished my list for this beautiful place i was reminded of a place that a friend of a friend of mine had mentioned last week... well, i can't NOT go there, i mean i'm already here? its just across the way?
put it on the list..
as the night progressed and the wine ran down and other bottles were opened my 'list' got longer and longer and ironically our ideas got better and better! i thought, wow, if only i could share this with other people! my friends! my family! all the people who shamelessly solicit travel advice from me! i had an idea for my bucket list, put all these amazing things together for other people to experience too- but the real real experience, not the upsell you on a 14 day $30K and you never meet a real person experience. so i put it that on my bucket list as well and went to sleep.
i awoke in the morning to this (above), my formerly last bucket-list item for beautiful botswana. how on earth could i possibly be finished? luckily i soon remembered that my list had grown the night before! so with a sigh of relief i sat and watched the sunrise over majestic Kubu Island on rock high above the salt pans in front of this baobab tree.
as we packed up camp, my mind went racing to all the obstacles in my way to getting this bucket list a reality! what about money? what about working? what about ____? so I got out a new notebook and the 'f*ck it' list was born.
what's on your bucket list?