Growing up I loved travelling. This was hugely due to the influence of my parents who also loved traveling. Every year my parents would organize for us to go on a travel vacation. During the vacations we travelled to far away family holiday destinations. As a young boy I managed to travel to all the continents around the world.
One of the best places that we visited when I was quite young was the African Savanah. We visited Kenya in East Africa and I had an awesome time. My parents had timed the visit to coincide with the great Serengeti Migration. During this migration millions of animals travel many miles in search of pasture. Some of the animals that are predominant in the migration include wildebeest, zebras, and all kinds of gazelles and impala.
The great Serengeti Migration is one of the wonders of the world and I was able to enjoy it firsthand. I was able to view the wild animals in their natural habitat and this was a thrilling experience. It was great to see the many animals moving in one direction with a determined intensity. I was perplexed at the natural invisible force that gave them this determination.
I was particularly perplexed at the animals’ resolute determination to continue their migration despite the obstacles on the way. In the migration course, the animals had to navigate around all kinds of predators and natural barriers. There were lions, hyenas, cheetahs, wild dogs and leopards that were spread all across the animals’ path waiting to make the most of the opportunity to grab a meal.
There was also the horrific crossing at the Maasai Mara River where the animals had to swim across the treacherous waters with steep banks. The waters of the Mara are an especially dangerous hurdle for the animals since the waters are the home of vicious crocodiles. During the migration, the crocodiles lie in wait for the hordes of animals but the animals still push on and millions manage to survive the crossing.
As a young boy, the safari in Kenya made me make a vow to myself that I would strive to have an adult life where I would tour all around the world enjoying such amazing wonders of nature. At this time, with my young mind I thought I thought I would study aeronautical science and become a pilot. As a pilot I imagined that I would then have all the opportunity to travel as much as I wanted to any destination in the world.
As I grew older, I started to realize that despite a pilot being able to fly to any destination around the world, working as a pilot does not always provide liberties of touring the destinations. A pilot is mostly confined in his cockpit and there is little difference with someone working in an office.
I started having reservations for piloting and my focus instead turned to journalism. Eventually I made up my mind to study journalism in college.
As a wildlife journalist, I have been able to achieve my dream of travelling all around the world.