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For many of us, nature has become a destination. It’s somewhere we go for a holiday or over a weekend. We leave our preoccupied lives behind and venture off to a national park or game reserve in our fossil fuel guzzling 4×4 laden with all the necessary gadgets and accessories. In reality however, nature is not just a place where we visit to relax.
Nature is where we are right now, it is where we live, and where we get our basic requirements for life. It is amazing what a week in the bush can do for the soul; it is a pity that we do not take that connectedness back home with us and relive that feeling every single day. It is possible!
Our idea of a natural environment is largely determined by what we see on television. Vast areas, where the plants and animals exist without interference of man. However, our definition of the natural environment should not exist as a naïve Utopian analogy. Africa is blessed with many open spaces such as the Serengeti, Masai Mara, Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert; however, these are not the only natural places.