Living Africa Photo Journal | Haunted by Africa

Dusk over Moremi. Botswana. Leigh KempDusk over Moremi. Botswana

Africa - the name inspires, evoking images of a forgotten part of us / our souls - a part that we yearn to embrace or that we attempt to keep hidden far from our present-day ideals. Africa frustrates those who fight its rhythm - and rewards those who surrender to its charms.

[Africa is a contradiction - a name so evocative
all have opinions about it.]

Africa's great rolling plains, brooding mountains, steaming rivers and vast menagerie of wildlife - combined with intriguing cultures and turbulent history - ensures the continent its foremost position in peoples' [ideals].

Here is a place that awes, frustrates and inspires - a place that never allows anyone who has felt the brush of the air to remain silent in expression.

[Today]

Lions at a Kill. Leigh Kemp

I have been privileged to have experienced varied aspects of the African continent - from hearing the slanted whoop of a hyena carried on the night to seeing the face of an excited little child upon seeing a wild animal for the first time. I have heard the silences of a desert night, with the only intrusion the thoughts of the mind and seen into the eyes of a blood-splattered buffalo fighting to the death against a pride of lions.

I have heard the terrifying screams of a young girl possessed by the 'Tokoloshe' and the ancient sound of a lion's roar from the edge of wilderness, carrying across time and I have seen a seasons' dust rising from a yearning land - and I have experienced the evocative release of the soul as the season's first rains caress the earth...

I have heard the ideals of those that do not live on the continent, so innocent / self-righteous in misunderstanding ....

Baboons make a water crossing. Lee Kemp

I am easily seduced by Africa - the mere whisper of the word sending my mind into dreams of its plains and rivers. I find myself dreaming through books and websites showing the remote regions of Africa - areas such as northern Zambia, Lake Tanganyika and northern Kenya ....

I am haunted by Africa .... Africa haunts me .... a haunting that happens from living Africa every day.

Giraffe in Okavango. Leigh Kemp

Expressions and impressions of Africa is a collection of thoughts and ideas from the continent's haunting of me - thoughts from a life of living Africa every day.

by Leigh Kemp

African Safaris Guide to South and East Africa
  • Customer Support
  • Tel: +27 21 424 1037
  • Fax: +27 21 424 1036
  • Contact by Mail
  • Business Hours
  • Mon - Fri. 08:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday. 08:00 - 12:00
2017 Siyabona Africa (Pty)Ltd - Private Tours and Safari