My Journey “In the Tracks of Giants” – Meeting Ian Player & Heading out on Trail

Just a very brief update….today we met up with Charlotte Baron, the Chair of WILD’s Board of Directors and Magnus Sylven and his wife Bettina from Switzerland.  We drove north from Durban to Howick, and had tea with Ian Player — WILD’s founder and legendary conservationist.  It was an amazing experience and I promise to write more about it soon. 

We arrived at the Wilderness Leadership School just after dark and met our guide for the next 5 days.  After dinner, we heard instructions on packing of ‘kits’ and then got to work!  We have just finished packing and are enjoying nice conversation and the quiet countryside.  We’ll be up very early tomorrow, leaving the school by 6:30am to drive to the Umfolozi Game Reserve, one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa and a very important place for the history of WILD and South African conservation. 

I won’t post blogs while on trail – we’re not allowed to have phones or even watches.  Will post photos and stories when we return on Wednesday night here!  Wish me luck in the wilderness…….

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