The fire is stoked at daybreak and, as the flames take hold, the all-important billie is set to boil. Coffee starts the day. Before sun-up, each soultrekker finds their private spot, coffee and journal in hand to start their day with meditation and prayer. Each person does it their way – this is a private time of connection with nature, connection with God and connection within.
With the sun still close to the horizon, the group assembles for a quick drink and pre-breakfast snack. Today’s first activity is a five kilometre game walk along the river and then back to camp. Yesterday we drove but today it’s a walk. The Rangers pack everyone in to the vehicles and proceed to the drop-off point. After a quick briefing, the rangers lead us off, one in the front leading the way and another at the back – assuring our safety.
By 9.00 am, after an incredible encounter with a herd of elephants and an old buffalo bull (that we left well alone) the group arrive back at camp. Ravenous!!! A hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs is sizzling away and soon breakfast is enjoyed by everyone. As the group sets back to discuss the walk, a ranger comes in with news of a lion kill just a few kilometres away. Do you want to go? Within seconds, everyone is on the open land rovers and we head for the lions.
The lions have killed a zebra. We huddle low on the back of the land rovers just 20 meters from a pride of lion. We can hear them rip the flesh from the bones as they devour the zebra and satisfy their hunger. It seems quite brutal but we all know this is the “cycle of life.” Barely a word is said as everyone watches in awe.
After 2 hours we head back to camp. Some chat freely while others reflect on what they have just seen. Each person has had their own encounter.