Working as a ranger out in the middle of the African bush is somewhat unique. Sometimes I wonder why I chose to be in this position, rather than the standard nine-to-five. I put some thought into it and realised that there are at least seven reasons why working as a guide at Londolozi is a questionable profession. I suppose it’s all a matter of perception though.
See what you think of some of the challenges (or perks?) we face…
1. Having to wake up in the dark every morning
Getting up early is all made worthwhile when you can watch the sunrise over the meandering Sand River like this. This is quite arguably one of the most exciting parts of the day out here.
2. Having to watch animals sleep and play while we work
Life is tough having to watch leopards sleep comfortably while we slog away at work. The Nkoveni female does a good job of making us rather jealous…
Elephants play in a waterhole on a hot summer’s day. Oh, the envy being felt in that vehicle, as the ranger and tracker are hard at work watching the elephants having a good time.
More playtime being observed, while we are hard at work behind the wheel.
3. Eating dinner with no roof over our heads
Friends sit around a fire under an endless, starry sky to share stories from the day’s adventures.
4. Making conversation with people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe
Being able to meet people that one would never normally cross paths with is a unique and fulfilling experience. Sitting around a table over a meal is a fantastic way to connect with people from different cultures and create memories and friendships.
5. Sitting in slow moving traffic during my morning commute
Not your standard morning traffic! Animals will regularly use roads as a pathway, therefore often delaying us from getting from A to B…
6. Remembering to keep my windows and doors shut when I go out, to ensure the ‘thieves’ don’t get in
It’s always important to be on the lookout for those monkey thieves out here! Luckily it’s only the fruit and the muffins that the vervet monkeys are after though… Money and expensive jewellery is fortunately of no value to the ‘thieves’ out here!
7. Looking straight into my neighbour’s home from my window
Although not me in the bath, this lady is faced with the same view – one of the neighbours walking along in their garden while she has an outside bath one afternoon… The view from one of Granite Private Suites.
As can be seen, there are some rather unique situations that we as rangers have to deal with on a daily basis out here. They say that working in Africa is not for the feint hearted, which I would have to agree with. Wouldn’t you also become angered if you had to have dinner under a starlit sky, just after watching lion cubs playing as part of your job…?