Arrived in Durban at noon.
This trip so far has been a crazy race. I don’t usually pick such hyper travel companions.
Truth is I’m mentally, if not physically, exhausted, have no time to write, let alone to think.
So I took the day off today!
Enough is enough! “I vant to be alone”( Greta Garbo).
Up at 5:30 to see the elephants; the rhinos;the giraffes;buffaloes;wildebeests;warthogs,all that in a semi-coma. I declined the visit to the Zulu village (fake in my opinion) and a second safari in the afternoon.
Went back to my tent after breakfast and slept until 11.
Being a pathetic photographer, it’s only because the animals were rather lethargic themselves that I managed to catch them in semi-action.
Today is pretty good though, the lodge is practically empty, I just had lunch in blessed aloneness.
I’m sitting on the wide veranda overlooking the savanna with its acacia trees and listening to the songs of weaver birds and sing-song Zulu talk of the personnel. It almost sounds like very fast-spoken Italian.
My travel companions are no younger than I am, but they all seem to be on some sort of crazy mission, as if it were their last trip: they have to see everything, go everywhere non-stop, rush from one destination to another and comment everything . You’d believe they’ve never seen anything, perhaps have I seen too much… Let’s say that I prefer to see one thing and see it well.
I usually organize my own trips, rent a car and keep some time to loiter, do nothing, get lost, absorb, listen… This time we have some sort of a mini-van.
Well, live and learn. Organizing a trip takes a lot of time and trouble but it’s worth it, you hold the rudder and sail your ship at your own rhythm.
Moment of grace this afternoon: As I was walking under the yet to be identified tree where the weavers have set up their GQ. The little guys were busy fluttering in and out of their woven egg of a nest. Fluffy, tiny yellow and black creatures.
Sounds of the night: some huge croaking frog or toad; something like two bamboo sticks knocking against each other; the birds have gone to sleep.
It doesn’t take much to make me happy, to make my day. The aloneness and little yellow birds. Walking fast on a red earth road, this morning, the endless savanna and nothing else ahead of me, except for the occasional baby antelope.