Friday, January 29, 2010

Seize the day...and all that jazz!


I have no job, I have no money but I am going to the SERENGETI BABY!!! I am still not quite believing it, but it is happening and the fact that I had to close my empty investment account should be confirmation enough!

I don’t think my friends and family understand the significance of this trip for me. They recon I live in the same country as this natural phenomenon and why would I not happily meander up to the north to check out the migration. People, it’s called capitalism! The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater are two of the most desirable places in Africa to visit – supply and demand. High demand + low supply (there is after all only one Ngorongoro crater and one Serengeti Park) = ridiculously expensive safaris! That is why you would often find locals (and here I group Tanzanians and ex-pats together) who has never been and will probably never go. And arguable, the south of Tanzania is also amazing! Mikumi, the infamous Selous and Ruaha game park are all teeming with wildlife and much less so with tourists. But there is just something about going to see two of the 7 natural wonders of the world that has literally got me squealing with excitement every time I think of it!

So how has a church mouse like me managed to make this possible you might rightly ask? It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know I say! And I happen to know a very connected individual within the safari industry and she happens to be my friend! Yeah for crazy, connected Hibiscus!

Sadly my lovely friend is leaving us to conquer the culinary world in Cape Town, but she decided to do one last curtain call in the North. She has managed to put together an amazing trip at a fraction of the normal price and carefully approached me. You see, not only is she very well connected, but sly and crafty too – a deadly combination. She knows that I have no money, no income and no inheritance waiting to be spent! But she also knew very well that I would not be able to let this opportunity pass me by! It really is one of those “once in a lifetime” scenarios!

So I have emptied out my last meager savings, I have begged and borrowed from my wonderful parents and I sold my beautiful, comfy couches back in South Africa. I really did love them, but what use is a couch when you are sitting on top of a Cruiser, sipping on a Kili, surrounded by silence and sunburned savannah?!

PS. Mom and Dad, I love you SO much and your continued support for my crazy adventures mean the world to me!



  1. Hahahahaha....!!!
    Nothing more refreshing than a bit of impulsive behavior.
    Begin the countdown: 18 days and the spirits are as high as a giraffes ass

  2. All I am interested in is the stories about Crater Khaki...can we have a comparison?