Safari Camp Stories: African Adrenaline Junkies

by Sophie Barrett, guide at Garonga

As a guide I live in a heady world of adrenaline highs and lows. Each drive and walk is filled with excitement and possibility – you never know what the bush is going to offer you that day. The longer you are in the business the more superstitions you pick up, you start to notice what order you dressed in, or whether you were wearing your hat the day you had a particularly unusual sighting. For me it has reached the stage where I have collected seven pairs of lucky socks just to be sure that I am never without!

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The Garonga Diaries: Cakes, Cats and Coaches!

Dear Diary!

This week is going to rank, most definitely, as a great week! The ultimate highlight has to be that Bernie has introduced a weekly “cake day” (Fridays for those who are interested) and so each week the fabulous Reineth will keep her skills razor sharp – and our sanity and salivary glands in action – by rustling up a sweet delight in the kitchen!

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The Garonga Diaries : A Strong Independent Safari Squad!

Dear Diary (and of course readers around the world),

This week started in a haze of chocolate (for those of us who had thought to stockpile this essential, with mere dreams of chocolate for the not-so-prepared) and sunshine over this side of the world.

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The Garonga Diaries: Onwards and Upwards!

Dear Diary (and everyone reading from home)!

What a roller-coaster of a week we have had. Everyone is adjusting to a new routine and jumping in feet first. The early morning temperature checks are both reassuring and entertaining. Until the thermometer beeps everyone is eyed warily in case they are secretly harbouring a temperature. The hypochondriac fear is completely erased when your number is normal and finally the day can begin! We are bringing order on every front to the usually lovingly regarded chaos that inevitably creeps in when guests are in camp. In the Housekeeping Department, a sharp eye and a bright rubber gloved finger follows anyone who ventures into the top store. Labels shine on shelves and everything down to the last pillow case has been meticulously organised.

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