Robyn vs. Africa (spoiler alert Africa wins)

A couple years ago I had an amazing chance to visit southern Africa for a few weeks and I made it my goal to spot as many different animals as I could.

Robyn vs. Africa

I’m kind of weird like that. Making goals and stuff. OK well maybe that’s not weird but my reaction to my goals is kind of…extreme. You see, when I make a goal it becomes my goal. In life.

Example: Seeing Africa animals.

My reaction: I’ve never wanted to do anything more in my entire life than see ALL the African animals.

You see what happened there? My goal of seeing “as many as possible” somehow turned into “ALL” when I repeated it back to myself. Even now, years later.

Good thing I was on the surprise adventure trip of a lifetime and had the surprise opportunity to see ALL the animals in southern Africa. Good thing I thought I was going to the beach.

I think this is the trip I realized packing lists are useless if you don’t know where you’re going. I kept a diary of the trip and I published it once, but I took it down because it was probably the most emotional, irrational, and ridiculous I’ve ever been. And I’ve been those three things a LOT. Just saying.

This counts as an animal battle because it was my own personal battle to see these wild animals. It caused me to do things a really shy and introverted personality wouldn’t tend towards.

My personal battle with Africa meant:

  • Bumming rides on VIP animal safaris at a five-star resort at dawn and again at dusk for seven days straight
  • Keeping a journal of animal names and check marks for three weeks
  • Suddenly being OK with blood and guts and live action animal fights
  • Bugging tour guides, rangers, and trackers to teach me about animal patterns, tracks, behaviours, and tendencies
  • Staying out of the safety of my tent when The Elements came to our campsites. The Elements being things like elephants, honey badgers, and scorpions (I will note I cried like a baby when lions were hunting nearby our campsite. You can feel those roars inside you)

Read Robyn vs. Africa part 2.

A couple years ago I had an amazing chance to visit southern Africa for a few weeks and I made it my goal to spot as many different animals as I could.

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