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Barry Bath

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Barry grew up in Johannesburg and knew from a young age that he had a true love for the African bush yet it was only after spending several years in the corporate world in Europe, followed by a two year sabbatical of traveling ...

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on The Science of Happiness: What a Safari at Londolozi can do for you

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All the aspects of a safari you mentioned are certainly the reason why one feels so good when on a safari. Nothing in the world – in my opinion- is so good as a good safari: excellent guides and trackers, a wonderful environment and lots and lots of different animals. Pure nature – pure enjoyment.

Hi Christa, I totally agree…there’s nothing like a safari!

You are so right abour dopamine. Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter. Your body makes it, and your nervous system uses it to send messages between nerve cells. That’s why it’s sometimes called a chemical messenger.
It plays a role in how we feel pleasure. It’s a big part of our unique human ability to think and plan. It helps us strive, focus, and find things interesting.

Hi Vin, it’s like the magic ingredient to life 🙂

Ahhhhh, sleep 💤. One of my favorite activities! Barry, you might enjoy reading/listening to Matthew Walker. I just slept 8.5hrs 👍🥳 with 2.5 rem and 2 deep sleep. My east facing window blinds are open as the sun is not fully up yet. I’ve had my coffee, a good breakfast and a GREAT read of your blog post to start this day. Thanks!

Hi Marcia,
I have actually listened to a podcast with him as a guest on Andrew Huberman’s show. Really interesting stuff. Glad to hear you have seemingly mastered a perfect night’s sleep.

Thank you Barry!
You just described the perfect day!

What a terrific article Barry – just reading this raised my dopamine level as I anticipate my next stay at Londolozi this April. I completely agree with your comments about how a safari can make you happier, save perhaps for the cold plunge!

Hi Denise,
You should give the cold plunge a try. It truly is remarkable how good you feel post plunge.

Never heard anyone say their safari didn’t make them immensely happy!

A fantastic written blog Barry! It mesmerised me.

Thank you, Gawie.

I get happiness from supporting conservation (including by visiting Londolozi) and thus connecting to something bigger than me:-)

What a great article, Barry. I can’t wait to be back on safari and at Londolozi. There is nothing else like it in the world, and you describe it perfectly. My friends that I am bringing with me can hardly wait. While my pictures and descriptions were pretty vivid, they don’t compare to the real thing. I can’t wait for them to finally understand the magic and profoundness of Londolozi.

Hi Tricia, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Barry your story has brought happiness to me, by just reading about the safari stories and seeing beautiful foto’s leaves me mesmerized.

Londolozi at its very core equals happiness equals dopamine … many thanks to the Varty family for bringing this to us all.

Loved this article Barry and my dopamine levels rise just thinking about a safari at Londolozi .We all had a tremendous Dopamine surge when we saw the 4 Ntsevu subadults shown in this blog walking towards us and seeing them all drink together in the Sand River in October last year!

Hi Tony, it certainly was an incredible sighting of them walking through the clearings and down to the river. Easily one of my best yet.

Happness can be found anywhere but, nature truly provides the very best arena . Thanks for sharing Nick, great blog.

Just returned 2 days ago from a 2 week safari. Now I want to go back almost immediately. Does this mean that I have become addicted to the dopamine rush from Safari-ing? (short answer: YES). I am one of those people that wants to start planning the next safari on the plane flying home from the current trip!

Hi Lisa, it always makes it easier to get over the feeling of the end of a trip when you already start planning the next. I hope you had a great 2 week safari!

Safari is absolutely the best. Here’s an interesting question – what must be going on with peoples Circadian clocks when they live somewhere that has darkness all day (like the Arctic at some points).

Hi Kara, the winter days of total darkness and the full summer day poses a big problem up in Scandinavia because our circadian clocks aren’t getting the cues and inputs they need. What happens in full darkness is the circadian clock seems to drift by adding about half an hour into the 24 hour cycle for everyday of darkness.
But in reality we aren’t in total darkness all day as there is a lot of artificial light used in those parts of the world. Equally so in the full day of summer curtains and blinds are used to block out as much light as possible around the “normal” times of the day to better set themselves up for some decent sleep which is certainly challenging in sure.

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