African Safari Family Legacy
FIRST STORY FROM RECENT TRIP TO AFRICA
NOTE TO ALL REGARDING LEGACY SAFARI STORIES:
THE WONDERFUL STORIES ABOUT OUR TRIP TO AFRICA ARE IN THE STEW POT, STIRRING THEIR WAY TO LIFE. I HAVE SOME INCREDIBLE INTERVIEWS WITH FASCINATING PEOPLE WHO COMPRISE THE HEART AND SOUL OF TANZANIA, AND HAVE BEEN UNDER SOME PRESSURES FROM OTHER AGENDAS THAT HAVE KEPT ME FROM WRITING ABOUT THE EPIC JOURNEY.
I AM STARTING TODAY TO COMPILE THE STORIES, AND WILL POST THEM EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT FINALLY POLISHED FOR ULTIMATE PUBLICATION WITHIN A FEW DAYS.
SO, IF YOU'RE A FAN OR EAGER TO LEARN ABOUT THE SAFARI LEGACY AS SEEN FROM MY EYES, HANG IN THERE.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOPICS FORTHCOMING:
THE MAASAI WEDDING--THE BOND BETWEEN ANCIENT AND MODERN TIMES
HUNTING WITH THE BUSHMEN--THE OLDEST TRIBE IN THE WORLD AND WHAT WE GOT ON THE HUNT
THE CHILD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROLE--A GRIPPING TALE OF A YOUNG BOY WITH HIS HAND OUT
BEING CHARGED BY TWO BULL ELEPHANTS--AN EXHILIRATING, FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE
A LEOPARD STALKS THE CAMP--WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU HEAR THE PURR OF THE LEOPARD?
CIRCUMCISION OF THE MAASAI--A RITUAL OF TIMELESS MATURATION
BABOONS AND WOMEN, OR WHY THEY FEAR NOT THE OTHER HALF--
AND MUCH MORE....
(Note: This site is under construction. You may find links that haven't yet been finalized. Also, certain subjects have not been fully developed as yet, until the completion of our own African Family Safari Legacy is completed. Thank you for your interest. Cliff McKenzie)
Who We Are
AfricanSafariLegacy.com encourages, promotes and reports to individuals and business leaders the importance of creating an African Legacy Safari.
A safari translates into a "journey." Better put, it becomes an indelible experience worthy of passing on to future generations. Designed and executed properly, an African Safari is more than simply an adventure or vacation. It is a generational legacy you treasure and bequeath.
A "Legacy" is created when something timeless and perpetual occurs. It grows in stature over time as one generation polishes the Legacy and passes it forward to another generation, who, with the same respect, burnishes and enhances its gift in preparation of handing it over to those next in line.
The modern family often can't lay claim to any "personal family legacies." In a world filled with harried moments rushing into other harried moments laced with the race of a madding modern world, the idea of stopping time and freezing all forward motion seems impossible to achieve. Until, that is, one stops and thinks about the African Safari Legacy.
What if, for example, a family decided to share an experience so powerful that it would last forever in the memories of all?
And what if this experience was done with the idea of passing it on to future generations so they might enjoy a similar experience and pass it on to their children's children?
A Family Safari Legacy is far more than a vacation.
It involves going to the center of human existence, to the core of our beginnings, and touching the true Fountain of Life.
In Africa, quietly nestled between the jaw-dropping sight of giraffe's chewing on leaves four stories high, and lions moving effortless near zebras, elephants and wilder beasts, rests the bones of the earliest humans in recorded history.
The great human legacy of being the only creature on earth with ultimate free will, able to choose and think and dream and plan above and beyond the basic instincts of survival and forces of evolution sewn into the chemistry of all creatures, exists only in Africa.
No other place on earth contains the vast and varied diversity of creatures who seem to guard the human Fountain of Human Life. The closest replica of this sight is a zoo, where, unfortunately, the wild is trapped behind bars and illusions are created to make one struggle to believe what they see is some semblance of reality.
But the Truth of Life exists only in one place--Africa.
And, if a family seeks to enrich its members with the Truth of Life, and to bond together in a deeper, more meaningful way than ever before, then a Family Legacy Safari becomes the sinew of the family muscle. It stitches into the heart and soul of parents, children, grandchildren and other loved ones who make the journey together the Oneness of Humanity.
There is little question that the family unit is fraught in the modern world with attacks on its unity.
Forces of modernization create diversions that steer the average person and family away from the fundamental values of life that bond and bind us. Pressures to make money, to live the good life, to achieve the most in the shortest time and to look the best or better than others, tend to suffocate the true character of a person and family.
The high rate of divorce and often cited alienation between teenagers and parents, illustrate a Great Rift in fundamental communication and fundamental bonding of parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, cousins and other extended family members.
Part of the problem of a tree that can be blown over by high winds is the lack of deep roots. The more shallow the roots, the greater the chance of the tree falling.
If a family is a tree, its branches will grow stronger and more prosperous based on the depth of its roots.
Africa is about taking root with the basics of being human beings bound together in a common family unit.
The safari is a journey into the trunk of the African tree, where, once inside its magic and magnificence, members of a family share the incredible experience of seeing first-hand the true Meaning of Life.
It is here, amongst the gorillas, the cheetahs, the lions, the elephants, zebras, hippos, jackals, hyenas, rhinos and countless other creatures, that the essence of humanity is illustrated.
This is not a Disney World with fake rocks and man-made Tree Of Life and make-believe characters dancing about--it is the "wild,"--the Fountain of Life. A child and parent or grandparent who drinks in the sweet waters of the African Family Safari Legacy, is eternally bonded not only with one another, but with the land, with the history and the importance of preserving and protecting it for future generations.
The family is not restricted to simply people with children.
The family includes the man and woman about to get married, or recently married, who travel to Africa on a Legacy Safari to bond and bind their Twoness into Oneness. While exciting as a vacation or honeymoon, if undertaken as a Legacy Safari, a set of notes are taken on the Meaning of Life, and later shared with the children who have yet to be born.
At the right age, the parents now take the children to Africa to create their own Family Legacy. A nd, then, when parents evolve into grandparents, they take their grandchildren or help fund their children's and grandchildren's' Legacy Safari.
What chisels the Legacy Safari into the hearts of the family members is the preparation that goes into it. Instead of saying: "We are going to Africa on a safari vacation," the right comment is: "We are going on a Family Legacy Safari to Africa to look at the Fountain of Life."
There is a huge difference between a trip and journey.
This event is about discovery. People discover in Africa the key to a prosperous life--that we are all cut from the same cloth, and while some of us may wear different clothing and live in different parts of the world with greater or lesser degrees of wealth and health, when the water is boiled, we all have the Oneness that started in Africa. We all have the free will and the spirit of investigation to go beyond our differences and respect all life and all peoples in ways we might not have thought of before.
This includes one another.
Those Great Rifts between mothers and fathers and children and brothers and sisters and grandparents melt away as the landscape of Africa and its massive Oneness and Diversity collide in a magical harmony of competitive cooperation.
Here, creatures of different sizes and shapes coexist, each dependent on the other in a mixture of symbiotic formulas that ultimately provide prosperity for all. With one exception.
The encroachment of humanity.
Herein lies the challenge for all who seek to enjoy a Family Legacy Safari--how to preserve and protect the wild for future generations to enjoy its pristine nature?
One of the great bonds of any family is the common cause, the common purpose. The Family Legacy Safari offers endless opportunities for its members to agree on how each can contribute to the preservation and protection of the great wilderness for their children and loved ones to enjoy.
Through this common bonding of purpose, the family learns to communicate in ways it might not have before. Truth and honesty takes on much more significant role in the communication, and carries itself forward long after the safari itself is completed, the journey toward a truer meaning of family life, has only just begun.
Inside these pages you will find a wide variety of tools, exercises, articles, viewpoints and ideas on how to make your African Safari Legacy one of lasting value.
We invite you to examine our site's contents.
If you are a business person, we believe a business is a family, and the same concerns that address a family regarding communication, challenge any business. How can a business family better bond itself to its members?
Corporate Family Safari tools are also included. We invite you to take a look at them and pick and choose which works best for your company or business.
Finally, we understand that our knowledge of Africa is limited by our experience. As we make our own African Family Safari Legacy come to life, we will be enriching our views accordingly.
This web site is evolutionary in that respect, and we do not pretend to have any vast degree of answers to a myriad of questions.
Therefore, we invite any comments, suggestions or opinions as the site grows.
Enjoy your journey through life. And make it as prosperous as possible for all within your reach.
Cliff McKenzie, Founder, AfricanSafariLegacy.com