South Africa · 582 Days · 6 Moments · November 2016

Alicia's voyage in South Africa

19 June 2018

I had the opportunity to go work with wildlife again as a guide. Although I absolutely love the Wildlife, I feel I will not give it my all as I have succumbed to my wanderlust. I want to see the world, learn from the people, try different food and just roam as the free spirits that I am. Working on a National Park or Private Reserve feels so confining most of the time. When I work as a Guide, my duties are not just taking guests out two times a day for three hours at a time, I also have duties that management seem fit for us. Duties for instance is cutting grass with pangas instead of lawnmowers, repacking rocks to make the pathways more appealing to guests, our work days usually start at 5:30 and we work until 22:00 with cases of 2:00 due to being duty ranger, we are lucky if we can take a nap in the afternoon and sacrificing lunch instead. Most rotations are that we work 21 days straight and get 7 days off. It’s hard work and very long hours.

3 May 2018

I love nature! Everything about it speaks to my soul, my being. I studied for quite a long time and worked as many things, to still today not have a clue of what I want to do. I worked as a game ranger (safari guide), although I did for a living what people want to experience their entire lives. Working 12-18 hour shifts just isn’t for me. You wake up on a normal day at 4:00,dress quickly to call your guests at 05:00. In that time you make sure you have the warm drinks ready in your vehicle and your vehicle is presentable and 05:30, you are off on a 3 hour adventure. Once I am out of the gates of the lodge is where I enjoyed my job. The freedom to drive where I wanted, look for animals, observed their behavior and oh! All the tings I have seen. 8:30 you are back at camp and the guests have breakfast and then the guides have a meeting discussing what we have seen as well as what management expected of us.

30 October 2017

1 March 2017

17 February 2017

14 November 2016

Some pictures from multiple reserves where I worked...