|At the New World Makati last night,
living a #Travelife
The New World Makati is very well located and some years back, I hosted an outdoor barbecue for 40 persons at the poolside for someone’s birthday and we all had lots of fun.
Recently, the entire area was refurbished, making it a wonderful and versatile venue for all kinds of events. More on this later.
Then I went over to the Greenbelt Cinemas, where French Ambassador Gilles Garachon and the team of the embassy of France had organised black-tie cocktails and a red carpet screening of a movie to mark the opening of the French Film Festival.
More on this later as well.
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One of the topics discussed at these two events tonight was about the mauling and very unfortunate death of a 22-year-old American tourist on safari in a well-known lion park just outside Johannesburg.
Lots of people I met tonight mentioned it to me as they knew I had just arrived the previous night from four safaris in Africa and a short stay in Tokyo.
On safari, you’re encountering wild animals, so there’s always an element of danger. Wild animals are unpredictable, after all.
|I took this photo on my last day
on safari in Africa, living a #Travelife…
But this is also why I never tire of stressing to friends and acquaintances: “Book the best safari you can afford.”
It’s not just for the luxury aspect, either, but for the safety aspect as well.
IN GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
(THE SABI SANDS)
In addition, the rangers operate with a tracker many times, so that there is one person driving the jeep and another to track animals and scout for danger.
In cases where the rangers operate alone, that ranger is usually a very experienced ranger.
The top safari lodges also follow safety rules very strictly and you get a safety lesson before you go on your first game drive. Basically, you are not to do anything to attract the animals’ attention.
And this includes talking or chattering unnecessarily, making sudden movements, moving your hands too much and standing in the vehicle.
It is very important to follow safety rules in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.