It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since my daughter & I set out on an incredible adventure together; a dream we had shared for a number of years to travel to Africa became a reality.
I am not certain what was more precious, the adventure itself or the opportunity to spend 2 glorious weeks exploring another part of the world with my grown daughter. Such precious time together & a journey I shall hold very close to my heart for years to come.
Reflecting back on our pictures, it struck me that we were not the only family members sharing this journey together.
Everywhere we looked when we were on safari, we witnessed the strong connection of family. The unbreakable bond formed between loved ones. Nurturing our young, protecting each other from harm, & sharing our love for those we hold so dear.
This proud papa sat quietly in the grass, looking magnificent & fearless, as we came around the corner.
Mama, on the other hand, quickly shooed her cubs into the bush for protection.
After tolerating our presence to take a few pictures & have a look at his beautiful family, Dad gave us an indication that perhaps it was time for us to move along.
Watching as a herd of elephants emerge from the bush, our ranger asked us to just sit quiet as this matriarch passed by to check us out. My daughter could not believe her eyes as this beautiful creature strode alongside our vehicle, so close she could have simply reached our & ran her hand from tip to toe. Respecting the strict guidelines of not interfering with the wildlife on Shamwari, she did not!
It wasn’t long before this little one came trotting into view, assured by his elder that we posed no threat to the herd as they passed through.
This was the second time we had the good fortune of coming across this mother & son. Mom appears to be enjoying every single one of her son’s kisses.
Even the zebras were feeling the love that day. This guy looks like he has fallen asleep as his friends lovingly groomed each other.
For as long as I live, I will never forget this remarkable experience with my daughter.
I think it’s time we starting dreaming of another, don’t you?