At no time in recent history have people yearned so much to travel far and wide, but have been unable to even venture away from home.
Whether you are a seasoned—repeat—aspiring—or vicarious traveller, “Blood, Sweat & Fears” will transport you directly to Africa.
Seats on the plane and in the safari vehicle, a bed in the tent, and a spot around the campfire have all been reserved for you.
Join the journey … and hang onto your hat!
Our natural world has never been so fragile or more in need of nurturing.
After an inaugural but comprehensive tourist trip to Africa, two ordinary Australian retirees, Brian and Sue also realised this and set about developing the skills needed to safely contribute to this goal.
Africa was their natural choice. Not only were a serious number of the animals vulnerable, but so were many of the communities themselves - those people attempting to protect the eco-systems with distressingly limited resources.
Told in the first person, these captivating wildlife and cultural encounters occurred in remote areas within eight different African countries over a collective period of eleven months within these countries.
The chosen stories share some of the more memorable … and some frighteningly exhilarating …. experiences of their personal transitions from being enthusiastic and curious tourists to becoming better-informed participants in volunteer conservation projects.
Here are a couple of extracts to whet your appetite:
“Somewhat exasperated and determined to prove my point, I spring out of bed and fling open the curtains that cover the flyscreen opening in the tent wall. Despite the full moon, all I can see is darkness. Impatiently, through a sleep haze, I exclaim, ‘See. there’s nothing there!’
Everything is fine in my own mind—until the darkness moves …. “
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“We know we must be quiet. We stand frozen for several minutes, and eventually I see what Happiness (our walking guide) has spotted.
There they are—two large white rhino, standing adjacent to a small rocky waterhole….
Being downwind from us, one has picked up our scent ….”
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“The excited fireside chatter is louder than usual as a result of the recent encounter with the lion coalition.
Steve shares more experiences about lions. Everyone is enthralled.
Sue has barely finished her meal—I think I will offer to take her plate inside since she has done all of the cooking today.
Without warning, all hell breaks loose ….”
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To provide context, an authentic photograph precedes each chapter, all shot by Sue. They provide an excellent visual stimulus of the event(s) contained within the text.
The adrenalin rush of observing wild animals at close quarters in their natural environment is an intoxicating drug.
Age is no barrier to the value of a contribution, no matter how large or small, an individual can make to a conservation project.
Read “Blood, Sweat & Fears” and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa. Embark on a series of heart-thumping experiences. You’ll be on the edge of your seat, wondering how it will end.