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Author: Chris Renshaw

Growing up, I always loved maps. I would look at all the wild expanses of land across Africa and dream of visiting them one day. In particular, there was always a massive part of Central Africa that always shone green and so vast that I wasn't sure what it was. I just knew the name, the Congo. I would put my finger on the map tell my parents: "that's where I'm going to go one day!"

The festive season is, as the name suggests, celebratory and exciting. Add to this the thrill of adventure and surprise, and you have it made for an incredible safari. The family I was to guide had three young adults aged, 21,19 and 17 and their parents. I met and introduced myself to them in Johannesburg, as they wanted to learn more about the history of the country before flying out to our first safari destination.

Whenever I think of Africa during the season of plenty, I think of new life, bright green hues and vivid colors. The young of many animal species take their first steps into the world, while migratory birds flock to Africa for its wealth of food. Everything seems easier in this time of plenty, the scenery reflecting the abundance and beauty of new life surrounding it.

The energy that first-time safari goers exude, that of complete innocent excitement and anticipation, is extremely infectious to all who witness it. This feeling is also amplified as the upcoming experience is something completely new, out of one's comfort zone, venturing onto a new continent that you have only watched documentaries on or dreamed about