I am about to embark on Safari to Uganda and Rwanda.

What a privilege to anticipate being in the presence of some of the most majestic creatures in Africa.

The Mountain gorillas are amazing and, as always, I am looking forward to appreciating some of the little things that never fail to delight this seasoned Safari-goer.

Following my last Safari to Tanzania and Kenya, I was thrilled to report that I managed to add a bevy of new ‘little things’ to my ‘never seen before’ list. Here is my recap:

Now, my clients always have the Big 5 at the top of their lists (as they should) and don’t get me wrong… there is nothing as magnificent as the big cats in the wild – and I get as excited as any 1st-time safari goer when it comes to spotting a cheetah or being in the presence of a regal lion.

But there is something to be said for all the little bush miracles when you take the time to notice them too.

The stunning Violet-back Starling that decided to grace me with its presence, right as I was having lunch on the deck of a property in the Naboisho Conservancy.

The Jackal that stole away the young of a Topi.

The Dung Beetle hard at work – constantly pushing forward, one roll at a time.

The male & female Lilac-Breasted Rollers flirting away in Ol Pejeta.

The small water terrapin making its way out of a puddle in Northern Serengeti.

A fairly healthy size croc who helped himself to a young Topi crossing the river – the mother still waiting in the distance for her young to come to safety.

The superb Starling flying up & down from her nest tirelessly to bring food to her young – as mothers do.

Two weeks in Africa will recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your soul. The continent is always filled with the incredible… and once she opens your eyes to her finer details a whole new adventure awaits.

I wish you and yours health, wealth and happiness,

+ time to stop and savor the little things…

This article was originally published on 28 December 2017. It has been updated and reformatted. All images courtesy of Pam Langhoff.