Michael Laubscher - safari, South Africa, Sabi Sabi, Phios - Wild Eye-4

Expressing Appreciation To Phios Mkansi

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Appreciation Definition;

appreciation
  1. noun
    1.
    recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
    “I smiled in appreciation”
    synonyms: valuing, respect, prizing, cherishing, treasuring, admirationregardesteem, high opinion

    “appreciation of literature comes only from first-hand study of the works of great writers”

This is exactly what I feel and more for the star of this blog!

In my 99th blog I would like to take a moment to thank Phios Mkansi for everything he is, for everything he had taught me, for everything he did for me and for being the kind hearted individual he is!

Thank you Phios, you’re an absolute legend!!

Michael Laubscher - safari, South Africa, Sabi Sabi, Phios - Wild Eye-4

Michael Laubscher - safari, South Africa, Sabi Sabi, Phios - Wild Eye-4

Most people think that a tracker is just a hood ornament and only good for looking for animal tracks and shine a spot light at night.

Michael Laubscher - safari, South Africa, Sabi Sabi, Phios - Wild Eye-4

Michael Laubscher - safari, South Africa, Sabi Sabi, Phios - Wild Eye-4

Michael Laubscher - safari, South Africa, Sabi Sabi, Phios - Wild Eye-4

Yes this is their main role but a tracker is SO much more than just that! I had the privilege of working with Sabi Sabi’s Head Tracker, Phios Makansi everyday for just shy of 2 years.

In this short time he had taught me & our guests so much about the natural world, the animals varied behaviors, the do’s & don’ts but most importantly, Phios taught me the most important thing, respecting the environment!

I am luck & very happy to be able to call this man not only a friend but a a brother as well!

Words cannot express how much I need to thank this man for he has played a huge role into molding me into the guide I am today!

A tracker is usually extremely humble & so next time you are out on safari, I urge you to take some time, pull your tracker aside or invite him for a drink and just don’t stop asking questions.

Take Phios as an example, he has been bravely sitting on the front of a game viewer for the past 25 years.

Michael Laubscher - safari, South Africa, Sabi Sabi, Phios - Wild Eye-4

He has seen things one could not even imagine;

He has seen things one could only dream of;

He sure is a pure soul & trust me, he has one or two spectacular stories to tell you.

Thanks again my friend! I do hope that all of you get to meet this incredible human being one day.

Until then;

Happy Snapping!

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Michael Laubscher

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Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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      Michael Laubscher

      Thank you so much Deji! Not only for taking the time to read this but for the kind words as well. He sure is on outstanding individual and I do too hope that you het to meet him one day.

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