It all starts in the mammoth build-up. An exciting story about to unfold, with a safari vision drawn from countless snippets of the wild African savannah and it’s storybook beasts which so often adorn our televisions and tablets in revealing documentaries, adverts and Instagram posts! The family enthusiastically discusses and compares strategies to find and tick off animal species, and setting competition guidelines for victorious animal spotting winners, while sharing their plans of indulgence in fine food and luxury accommodations with exciting outdoor amenities. It’s a process of unintentional reuniting and bringing the family together, a connection which might have been waning as we live out our disparate and often complicated metropolitan lifestyles.
It then builds into a reality as you start finding and comparing safari type gear from your cluttered wardrobes and making last-minute dashes to the camera store to upgrade your trusty old 4GB memory card to a more current 32 or even 64GB model! Then the last minute thought which turns into a Saturday morning of exciting family shopping as you realise you better get the children some new hiking boots and trail clothes to ensure their comfort throughout your experiential journey. It’s the planning of the times, the meeting for airport transfers and enjoying a last-minute snack in the airport lounge as you simultaneously wonder and poke fun at what choice of food and drinks will be available on the other side.
Touching down in Africa then has a natural bonding effect as you all quickly get to terms with the foreign environment and the neutralising impact it has on each party members outlook and space. No family boundaries, no airs and graces, just downright humbling as you realise just how vastly different life can be… It doesn’t take an adult brain to work out material contrast between life belongings, and nurturing values of an average African family to that of the developed world!
From that moment on, a state of uber-tranquillity and zealous family holiday mode kicks in, and everything Africa promised is delivered, together with so much more. Smiles, laughter and joy, is plentiful in Africa and its contagious effect soon cracks even the coolest ‘and toughest’ of progeny.
All the time; through the build-up to your travels home, and compiling your memories into safari albums, and posting on facebook, you have been communicating, sharing and engaging in activities. Ultimate joy and family bonding!
Now that’s what I call family value, and we haven’t even got to the enriching wildlife experiences yet !!!