This is a strange day for me, 12 August. I am about to be hosted by good friends and clients in a dream destination, in the middle of possibly Africa’s greatest game reserve, named after Africa’s greatest hunter. This destination conjures up all sorts of thoughts and images, and has been on my bucket list.
Doing what I am doing today is one of the reasons I started the African Hunting Gazette – to experience destinations firsthand, then do my best to share what I experienced. I’ll never get to them all, but there are number of trusted friends and colleagues and acquaintances who have visited many more destinations than I can alone, and I will do my best in spreading their firsthand accounts.
It is a special time of my life for so many reasons. One, because the industry, and me personally, is managing to come up for air after a dreadful two-plus years.
It’s also a time when reuniting with so many travelling hunters to Africa has highlighted important things. Our connections, friends and family. Time on earth, our health, and the importance of how short it all is. I have met some wonderful hunters at Afton with whom we have shared all this. Furthermore – this particular place to where I am going is special for another reason.
My incredible older brother, who helped visit and verify so many hunting lodges, and years back flew over this reserve with his buddy as they did a trans-African flight in his Cessna 206, from London to Bulawayo – said, “Richard, wait till you get to see the Selous.”
And so, I am ‘getting away from it all’ for 10 days, to that part of Africa’s wilderness that everyone knows as ‘the Selous’.