That place that Inspired me…

Giraffe Sanctuary, Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Sanctuary, Nairobi, Kenya

How can a travel destination be inspiring?
Is it a place that changed your perspectives in life?
A place that encourages you to do something more in life?
Is it simply a destination that inspires a smile on your face?
Or a happy heart?

When I think of an inspirational place that changed my life and covered all of these aspects, it’s hard to go past Africa.

It’s a place that changed the way I look at life. It changed how I see animals. It changed my perspective on owning possessions and clothes. It inspired me to be a better person. To live a more thoughtful life.

Elephant feeding, Nairobi Elephant Orphanage, Kenya

Elephant feeding, Nairobi Elephant Orphanage, Kenya

Meeting the people of Africa

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

From Sadia orphanage in Kenya, the local orphans in Kibale, Uganda to the local people on the roadside. Every single one held a huge smile and incredible laugh. They were so happy.

The things westerners generally deem necessary like a wardrobe of clothes and 5 plus a day food items, these people did not have.

Yet they were happy and full of life.

It puts in perspective how much we actually need to feel happy.

Budding photographer at Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Budding photographer at Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

Sadia Orphanage, Kenya

I buy things out of necessity usually now, some things are creature comforts but they’ve taken me years to allow myself to buy. Like a cushion for a couch. I put more value on decent food than processed now and really weigh up how many possessions I need to own to live happily.

People on the roadside, Kenya

People on the roadside, Kenya

Waving on the roadside, Kenya

Waving on the roadside, Kenya

People on the roadside, Kenya

People on the roadside, Kenya

There was heartbreak at times and sadness from genocide memorials to child labour. Sometimes it set me in a mode of sheer confusion.

Child Labour, Uganda

Child Labour, Uganda

Walking the train tracks from city to slum

Walking the train tracks from city to slum

Child on roadside in Kampala, Uganda

Child on roadside in Kampala, Uganda

Roadside cooking, Uganda

Roadside cooking, Uganda

Markets in Africa

Markets in Africa

There were so many people helping others and making a difference in the world, then there were the hidden ones that cause more damage than good. But I guess that’s the same all over the world.

Meeting the people of Africa made me want to do more in the world. To make a difference. To help others.

Seeing animals wild and free

Never again will I feel the desire to visit a zoo.

Baby baboon’s that are carried by cuddling the back or tummy of a parent, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Seeing animals wild and free roaming the African plains is incredible. They seem so happy and healthy. Yes, they are in danger of being poached, but they are living a real life.

Lion pack, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Lion pack, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Leopard, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Leopard, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

How much of a life is a lion or elephant kept in a small enclosure in a zoo, compared to the vast area of Africa’s national parks and valleys?

The sanctuaries I’ve visited in Kenya, Namibia and even in Ecuador have all given me plenty to consider when it comes to the amount of space wild animals need vs their safety and wellbeing. Each of these places tried their best to give as much space as possible to the animals, some more than others, but none of them will ever crowd animals like a zoo.

Leopards

Leopards, Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Dogs being fed

Wild Dogs being fed

Baby Baboons

Baby Baboons, Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary

The baboons and monkeys are perfect proof of this. They can run like no tomorrow (and get into all sorts of mischief). Compared to a zoo enclosure where they often see no daylight or actual grass. I live in hope that some of the zoos I’ve visited in the past improve, but it will be nothing compared to the wild.

Why have animals locked up for human enjoyment? You can’t tell me it’s always to preserve the species from extinction.

Landscapes of Africa

Then you come to the pure beauty that Africa holds in its nature. It’s stunning. It inspires peace.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Campsite at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Near Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Near Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

View from Table Mountain over Cape Town

View from Table Mountain over Cape Town

Dune 45, Namibia

Dune 45, Namibia

Sunset over Spitzkoppe with the group

Sunset over Spitzkoppe with the group, Namibia

Africa inspired me to make a difference in the world.

I’m not sure if I will ever get that chance or to what level that will be. Yet, I live in hope that I’ll find my place in life to make that difference. For the moment its small steps within my own life (and my travel blog), who knows what the future holds!

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