PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (AFRICAN SAFARI)

Elephant Safari in Africa

Elephant Safari in Africa

A safari holiday should be on everyone’s wish list of life’s greatest adventures. In Swahili, the euphonious everyday language of East Africa, the word itself translates to “going on a journey”. In the age of Hemingway this meant going upcountry, setting off with a tent and a rifle into the back of beyond where the wild things are. But the “hunt” has changed dramatically! Guns are not the “weapon” of choice. A camera and a keen eye and your adventure in the bush takes on a whole new feel, offering a gentler but no less thrilling introduction to the last place on earth where wildlife exists in its old abundance. 

The purpose for going on safari has not changed. The desire to reach out and touch the wild, to spend time in the sun and under the stars and come face to face with Africa’s storybook animals, not behind bars but moving free as the wind across the savannah – these are what make this a holiday like no other.

So, don your pith helmets and break out your words using them to capture the beasties of the African wild, or the sights and sounds of safari country.

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13 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (AFRICAN SAFARI)

  1. William Preston

    SAFARI

    Come with me
    past the cultured trees,
    there to see
    creatures free;
    come, embrace the wilderness
    while it still can be.

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  2. July 16 – An African Safari

    Lions and Tigers and Giraffes, Oh My!

    No passport required
    No shots and no flights
    Just a ways down the road
    Awaits wonderful sights
    A most fabulous safari
    A jungle packed full
    Board the trams for the trek
    Through an African jungle

    Lions on the hillside
    Tigers roaming free
    Giraffes craning long necks
    For food from the trees
    Hippos and elephants
    Crocs on the rocks
    And even exotic birds
    That sound like they talk

    This Animal Kingdom
    Down Kissimmee way
    Is so well constructed
    Even doubters will say
    Once off this safari
    This was the real deal
    Everything in this jungle
    Was authentically real

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  3. connielpeters

    Elephants lumber
    Hyenas slumber
    Lions slink in search of prey
    Chimpanzees hang out
    Meerkats look about
    Giraffes amble with a sway

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  4. SHOOTING ELEPHANTS

    Surly pachyderms squirm
    in the hot sun; no fun
    when Bwana comes
    for adventure and ventures
    a bit close to the pack
    on parade. Impressive,
    the excessive trumpeting
    seems a call to arms.
    All the charm you’ve ever
    herd. It’s absurd, but you raise
    the sight to your eye
    to prepare for your shot.
    You have one chance to
    bag the big one. It’s more fun,
    since you left the rifle stateside.
    Better f-stops than f-bombs
    when the behemoth charges.
    The elephants are less fidgety
    since you went digital!

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  5. […] PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (AFRICAN SAFARI) […]

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  6. Searching the Horizon

    Elephants and Trees
    emotive profiles on gold
    both black silhouettes.

    Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2015

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  7. Up Close

    Unlike the he-man hunters
    of Hemmingway’s day,
    I see a safari as a means
    of observing wonders
    of wildlife, free
    roaming animals in
    an environment
    of their choice.
    No bars, no confinement,
    no restrictive behavior.
    A gentle giraffe loping
    along, the black and white
    stripes of the zebra,
    a lion’s mane flowing
    as powerful legs carry
    him forward. A camera
    stills the motion; memory
    keeps it alive, constantly
    moving in graceful stride.

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