-26-08 White 3I did indeed see a lot of wildlife. But Africa is not quite the place that most Americansexpect from watching
. Wildlife does indeed exist there in greatnumbers, but it does so only in the larger game preserves, and one often has to travelgreat distances to see
. Elsewhere in the country are only endless fields, farmland,suburbs, gold and diamond mines, many small towns and occasionally larger cities.
Timbavati Game Preserve
, which I mentioned earlier, is where, a few years ago, a minorstrain of naturally "white" lions (previously only legendary) made their appearance (seethe websitehttp://www.responsibletravel.com/Copy/Copy101740.htm), and the Kruger
National Park is the largest game preserve in South Africa (and one of the largest in theworld). There are several websites mentioning the
Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park
is so big that you can literally drive around in it all day longand never see a single sign of human life (other than the dirt track in front of you andbehind you). It is about the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island together. It was likebeing trapped in an episode of
. I saw plentyof gazelle, giraffe, wildebeest, hippos, lions, elephants, zebras, antelope and springbuck,plus baboons, tree monkeys, wild dogs, hyenas, etc.That huge diversity of God's creatures there, plus the deafening silence constantlysurrounding us, and the incredible sense of desolate isolation, left me overwhelmed withemotion, and thinking that I had at last found the fabled "Garden of Eden" itself. Such asense of peace and tranquility exists out there! I honestly did not want to return to theStates--to my own
, and family! What sort of experience is it that can produce aneffect like that?That sensation of
utter and profound isolation
is what so significantly changed my life. Iwas only there in that game park for one day, but that
day, and the raw experiences itcontained, was sufficient to forever alter the course of my life and my thinking.You who have always lived in a house, in a city or suburb, and have never spent morethan an hour or two literally a hundred miles from the nearest other human beings (oreven
sign of human life
how overwhelming it can be, to experienceisolation like that. Persons shipwrecked on a desert island, like Robinson Crusoe, lonelyexplorers in the vast Sahara, or perhaps scientists in Antarctica, or oil-drillers in Siberia,will have had such an experience; but not many people normally have experiences likethat. This is why, when they do occur, they are life-changing experiences.I grasp at words, trying to describe what is was like for me, standing there that day on thehot, dusty African plain, with nothing for literally a hundred miles around, except my twofriends, one automobile, one dry, dusty dirt road, and endless miles of grass, bushes,scattered thorn-trees, occasional wild animals, and endless blue sky and puffy whiteclouds. I struggle, and cannot seem to find the right words to convey just how awesomean experience it was, and how reverently and profoundly moved by it I was. Suchoverwhelming peace, and tranquility! One could literally sit there all day long, and never