Before I left to go on Safari at Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa as part of Martha Beck’s African STAR retreat, I kept joking about mystical cheetahs. Every time I’m with Martha, magic happens, so I was curious what mysteries would unfold in Africa. Would the cheetahs levitate? Would I have a run in with a psychic cheetah? Would a cheetah start speaking to me in tongues? It wasn’t just me who was envisioning cheetahs before the safari started. Anne Davin, who was joining me on safari, also kept seeing visions of cheetahs.
We didn’t realize when we were joking about cheetahs and seeing them in visions that cheetahs are not at all a common sight at Londolozi. Last year, Martha had emailed me to say that a cheetah had come up to her and said, “Mew.” I assumed stuff like this was common. Little did I know mewing cheetahs don’t appear every day at Londolozi.
Our sunrise game drive had been pretty quiet for the last couple hours. The bush was still, but we were satiated from the day before, when we had seen elephants, leopards, lions, giraffe, rhinos, hippos, and a whole bunch more. The morning of the cheetah was mostly about birds with wings like morpho butterflies, dwarf mongoose sentries, and communing with the strangler fig trees- not glamorous by African safari standards, but lovely and quiet and full of connection with nature. Kate, our park ranger and safari guide, stopped the Land Rover in the middle of a clearing. We drank coffee and laughed a lot. We weren’t thinking about cheetahs at all. Read More→