Friday, 14 December 2012

Following in Livingstone's footsteps

I hadn't realised that 2013 is the bicentenary of the birth of the explorer David Livingstone. His expeditions enlightened the world about Africa and started what (over a century after his death), is still a worldwide fascination with this wonderful continent.
During a recent visit to the Royal Geographical Society, Carol and I spent sometime in the members library enjoying a quick cup of tea and I had a chance to explore the African section. I came across some words from a journal written in May 1913 by the then president of the RGS, Earl Curzon.
In recounting Livingstone's explorations he said:
Livingstone demonstrated boldness of conception, by fertility and courage in execution and by noble endurance. He wrested triumph from failure and in the darkness never failed to see the dawn.
Livingstone took a stand against big game hunting and in that helped to change general opinion towards wildlife.
On Track Safaris was conceived to not only provide a unique and exciting wildlife experience  but also to help to raise funds for our work in conservation. Of-course a modern day safari doesn't require 'noble endurance', quite the opposite. But we all follow in Livingstones footsteps by coming on safari, in more ways than one.

Written by Will Fox

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