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Thoughts from Entebbe

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This is my current view…

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I’m sitting outside my room at the Boma Guest House in Entebbe and:

  • I have just finished all my emails,
  • I’ve drank 3 (or more) cups of coffee – kinda lost count,
  • I’m trying to ID the incredible amount of birds in the garden without my binoculars,
  • I’ve just uploaded episode 140 of the podcast which I recorded on the plane from Johannesburg to Nairobi last night,
  • and am just about to head to lunch.

Later this afternoon the guests who will be joining me on the first of two back to back Gorilla safaris will join me at the guest house for drinks, a pre-safari briefing and dinner before we head out to Kibale nice and early tomorrow morning.

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur and since returning from Svalbard 4 days ago this – right now – is literally the first time I’ve sat down to kind of take stock, process the last few months and re-gear my brain for the upcoming gorilla safaris.

Sabi Sand, Mara, Borneo, Svalbard and now Uganda – all in less than two months!

Wait, wait… before you tell me how lucky I am – I know.   I am very aware of not only the privilege I have of seeing these amazing places but, even more so, the pleasure of changing the way my guests see the world by introducing them to these amazing bucket list destinations.

Change the way you see the world.

Yeah, it has a nice ring to it but the last few weeks I have been thinking about it quite a bit.  It doesn’t only go for our guests.  It’s something I feel as well. And it’s something I should feel.

Every trip, every hello, every destination, every image, every interaction, every question, every moment, every goodbye – all of these things, and more, all add up to the way we experience a safari or expedition.  It all matters and it all means something!

With the world spinning around twice a day for the last few weeks I have had to make time to actually just take a second and make sure life, these amazing moments, don’t all just blend into one another and I don’t just float from one to the next.  It needs to stay special.  It needs to mean something.  Because if it doesn’t, how can I share my passion for what I do with my guests?

I know I am super lucky to do what I do.  To have the amazing team that I do.  To have the following and interaction that I have.  To have the ability to share my world, our world, with my guests and with all of you.  To have an amazing wife who actually gets me (most of the time).

I know all these things and that is why it needs to stay special.  Why it needs to mean something.

Change the way you see the world.

It’s not just something we say at Wild Eye.  It’s a thought, a purpose, that I will continue chasing for all my guests and for myself.

For now though, it’s almost lunch time and then the next adventure starts.  It will be special.  It will mean something.

Until next time.


About the Author

Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at or follow my journey on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter a look forward to changing the way you see the world.  I also host a Wildlife Photography Podcast and I Vlog!

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