Arnelle’s Gone Wild.


I’ve been saying for quite some time now that once I “retire”, if I ever do (probably not though because I plan on doing what I love until I die), I’d like to become a wildlife photographer. Partially because I love photography, partially because I love animals, and partially because I love that becoming a wildlife photographer often goes hand in hand with becoming an animal activist. So many things to do in this lifetime. So. Many. Things.

The good news is this past weekend I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get my feet wet … I went on my first safari! Maria and Anthony took me to Akagera National Park where we spent our days stalking majestic animals and our nights/early mornings in complete and utter serenity at Karenge Bush Camp. We watched an absolutely breathtaking sunrise while sipping coffee atop a mountain overlooking Lake Ihema, and we ate delicious dinners around a campfire while partaking in idea-centered and inspiring conversations. Also, words cannot explain the magnificence of seeing these creatures in the wild and in their natural habitat.

This experience was instrumental in allowing me to unplug and disconnect from civilization and the online world in order to reconnect with the earth and my inner self. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been able to simply sit and watch the sun rise in such a meditative way before, thinking about absolutely nothing except how beautiful it was and how blessed I was to be sitting there watching it. I also haven’t been so relaxed in years, and I can’t even remember the last time I was able to fall right to sleep at 8:30pm so effortlessly; again, thinking about absolutely nothing but the soothing sounds of the night creatures and the incredible connection I felt to my natural surroundings. I’ll never forget this weekend. A huge thank you to Akagera National Park and Karenge Bush Camp for having us. If you ever find yourself in Akagera, make sure you visit Karenge. The overall experience that they’ve put together for their guests is unlike any other.

A more detailed recap of the safari trip – and our entire Rwanda trip for that matter – is coming via a vlog on my youtube channel! Please stay tuned. In the meantime, here are a few of my photos from the weekend! Enjoy!
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