It was early monday, the stars were just starting to dissolve in the sunlight. We were on our way north. Hours later in another world we walked in the bushveld with lions, heard ten of them at a time make that deep rumbling in their chest that signifies that they are happy to see you. I scratched Rafiji behind the ears and gave her some strokes, I was missing our boys who were in the cattery back home. V was given a naughty look by Ruma (a euphemism for ears back, eyes wide, shoulders hunched look that roughly translated means hello little snack). I got the kind of sunburn that V calls a pommie tan.
Zambia was amazing, we met cool people, strange people and the downright bizarre that can only be found in Africa. Crossed the Zambezi in a pontoon twice, saw huge baobabs and took more malaria pills than I care to think about. The best part though was reconnecting with an old friend and seeing how well she is doing.
Anyway, we’re back and excited for the new season – we’re at Red Ivory this weekend.
There’s a sweet interview with me by Kanoa at http://kanoautler.com/2010/08/11/featured-dror-eyal-photography
If you’ve registered for RE.INVENT II – only a week to go! There are some cool surprises planned, I can’t wait.
The title of the blog post refers to an Ethiopian saying that I was sent before I went on the trip – if a lion shows you his teeth, he is not smiling. Walking in the bush with an African lion by my side was possibly the most surreal experience of my life. It still feels completely unreal. More info on African Lion Environmental Research Trust can be found here.
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