I spent a lot of time looking for a quote that encapsulated the sense of awe one gets at just a glimpse of Africa in its more “pure” form. Driving around some of the national parks in Kenya, head sticking out the roof of a safari trekker, you feel it’s impossible that what you are seeing is real. While I never did find that “Eureka!” quote I was looking for, I’ve included a few that nonetheless stood out, along with some of my favourite shots from Tsavo West National Park.
“Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.”
~ Fransesca Marciano, “Rules of the Wild”
“Africa has a genious for extremes, for the beginning and the end. It seems simultaneously connected to some memory of Eden and to some foretaste of apocalypse. Nowhere is day more vivid or night darker. Nowhere are forests more luxuriant. Nowhere is there a continent more miserable.”
“Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.”
~ Miriam Makeba