When you think of Africa you naturally think of safari, of its wildlife; for this if what Africa is best known for. And for good reason.
The breadth of diversity and, in places, sheer numbers is just incredible. Whether they be the huge flocks Carmine Bee-Eaters who migrate to breed in the dry river banks of Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley, or the world famous annual migration of the wildebeest between Tanzania and Kenya, or the western lowland gorillas of the Congo, each and every living being contributes to the diversity of the continent.
Sadly, due to man and his spurious beliefs, some are now becoming critically endangered and urgent steps are being taken to preserve their populations. The most prominent at the moment being the rhinoceros, which is being mercilessly poached for its horn especially, but not only, in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’s thus heartening that governments, charities and safari operators are coming together to move them to a place of safety. The next to hit the headlines for the wrong reason will most likely be the lions.
This may be a negative note on which to finish this ‘blog’ but African wildlife needs our help and if you take away nothing else than that from what I have written then I am not unhappy with that.
So that’s why I think Africa is special – the feeling that it invokes may not affect everyone but until you go you’re never going to know……………