Posted on Jul 13, 2015 in Alumni News and News
Zambia and Botswana are not the most accessible places in the world, but that didn’t deter a group of Jayhawks who were determined to experience a true African safari. Some of the travelers in our group boarded as many as thirteen flights to complete this journey, but not a single complaint was heard.
With the help of our tour guide, Robyn, we immersed ourselves in the African culture and wildlife. As we learned the tales of African explorer David Livingstone (and the origin of the iconic phrase “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”) and picking up our “bush babies” before bed, we experienced all the mystique and romance that southern African has to offer.
While some may think of going to Africa as “roughing it,” the outstanding hospitality of the native people makes it anything but that. In addition to enjoying delicious lunches out in the bush, we were also entertained by traditional songs and dances before our evening meals. I can’t forget to mention that in true Jayhawk fashion, we always found time to stop for “sundowners” before heading back to our lodges or camps.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of taking a trip to Africa, I would say only one thing: GO! The wildlife, scenery, hospitality and the culture are truly the experiences of a lifetime—something that I will not soon forget.
More pictures of the Botswana Safari trip are available on our Flickr page.
—Tyler Rockers, coordinator of alumni programs, hosted the Flying Jayhawks Botswana Safari from June 24-July 7, 2015. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks program, including the 2016 schedule, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.