Contributed by an African Safari Addict, Chris Petersen
Ok, you’ve made it through the hustle, bustle and joys of celebrating the year-end holidays. Time to start the next year and working on those New Year’s resolutions. But what’s that you hear … could it be drums … could it be Africa calling you back on safari?
For those of you who have not yet been on safari, the African drums may already be pounding in your brain. You can’t wait to get going on the “Trip of a Lifetime”. I’m envious … there is nothing quite like your first safari! Enjoy the planning and all the excitement if your first safari will be in 2012. But beware … while it may be a trip of a lifetime, it probably won’t be your only African Safari.
As one of the “Addicted” … I think I can hear drums
When you live north of the equator, you return from safari in the summer. Your safari memories will linger for months. And then there are your photos to remind you of stories to tell, and retell many times to all that will listen in the weeks following your safari. For most of us, the summer safari experience gets us through to the fall hunting season in the northern hemisphere.
But at Christmas it suddenly starts to happen!
When the Safari World of John X Safaris book shows up on your doorstep, you can’t help but to crack it open and see how your trophies measure up. Then all the memories of your safari experience come flooding back as you share the John X Safaris book with family and friends over the holidays. You know that you are in trouble when you dig out your best safari photos and you think you can hear the distinct sound of African drums playing somewhere in the distance.
Just one look … that’s all it took
Yes, I admit it. I’m completely addicted to safaris and Africa. As a typical first timer, my 2007 Safari was to be my “one trip of a lifetime”.
What are you waiting for – It’s time for your 2012 Safari
Yes, those distant sounds you are hearing are probably the same African drums I’m hearing. It is time to give in and be called back to Africa in 2012. My only advice … focus on the total safari experience that creates all the memories.
For me, the world-class outfitter that consistently provides the top shelf experience year after year is John X Safaris. If you are not seeing Carl van Zijl at one of the safari shows, contact him by phone or email before it’s too late … those drums will only get louder as each week passes.
As for me, I’m one of the truly lucky ones who now counts Carl as my PH and best friend. If you live in Nebraska or Iowa, you can come see Carl from John X when he hosts a reception on January 18th in my trophy room. After this experience, I would say that there is almost no chance of not hearing the drums calling me back on safari in 2012!