tanzania

Exploring South Africa and Tanzania with Reuben Hernandez by Katherine Yaksich

My guest post and Africa images on the We Keep Exploring blog:

My dear friend Andrew and I decided to do a 6 week adventure in South Africa, Tanzania, and Zanzibar because he quit his job this year and launched his own company. We wanted to do some things we have never done before, such as summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits and the highest mountain in Africa. I was on a personal long time mission to see Great White sharks breach in South Africa, which I missed on my previous two trips to Cape Town. Just over five years ago, I also quit my full time job, hit the reset button, and hopped on a plane bound for South Africa.

For the past five years, traveling and exploration has been much of an independent pursuit, as I am often sent out on assignments on my own or other people just don’t have the flexibility to join me. A huge challenge with being away on the road so much is that I can sometimes feel disconnected from my community and friends. Building community, exploring, and creating are some of my core values, and to be able to share all of those things together at the same time with a good friend is quite meaningful and memorable. And at times it was beautiful and transcendent, especially at the top of Africa at nearly 20,000 ft above sea level, and when we took a boat out to surf the outer reefs of Zanzibar. 

Lately, I’ve had this grand vision of building community through travel, exploration, and creating art, and I’m reminded of the following quote by Christopher McCandless, “Happiness only real when shared.”

There is beauty everywhere worth pursuing and exploring, even in the places that we least expect it. Get out there and find it. Be fearless. Be wild. Be free.

All My Best,
Reuben

by Katherine Yaksich

“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.” - Rumi 

 Zanzibar actually has decent, untouched surf. We took a boat to the outer reefs and were pleasantly surprised.  

 2 of 2 for @topodesigns  
#bigcatsplayball 

  (at Zanzibar, Tanzania)

“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.” - Rumi

Zanzibar actually has decent, untouched surf. We took a boat to the outer reefs and were pleasantly surprised.

2 of 2 for @topodesigns
#bigcatsplayball

(at Zanzibar, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Despite barely scratching the surface, Africa is teaching me a lot.   

Mt. Kilimanjaro broke me, but also taught me how to persevere and find strength when there is nothing left to give.   

Our planet is truly a wonderful and beautiful place, incredibly diverse and magnificent, despite it’s complexity. It is worth protecting.   

The wilderness has the power to transform and build character. There is nothing quite like being in the wild and you can get trampled by an African elephant if you’re not careful.   

I’ve been enriched and moved in so many ways, mainly by the people that I’ve encountered along the way.   

There is beauty everywhere worth pursuing and exploring, even in the places that we least expect it. Get out there and find it.   

Be fearless. Be wild. Be free.   

All My Best, 
Reuben  

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball  

(at Zanzibar, Tanzania)

Despite barely scratching the surface, Africa is teaching me a lot.

Mt. Kilimanjaro broke me, but also taught me how to persevere and find strength when there is nothing left to give.

Our planet is truly a wonderful and beautiful place, incredibly diverse and magnificent, despite it’s complexity. It is worth protecting.

The wilderness has the power to transform and build character. There is nothing quite like being in the wild and you can get trampled by an African elephant if you’re not careful.

I’ve been enriched and moved in so many ways, mainly by the people that I’ve encountered along the way.

There is beauty everywhere worth pursuing and exploring, even in the places that we least expect it. Get out there and find it.

Be fearless. Be wild. Be free.

All My Best,
Reuben

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball

(at Zanzibar, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Today’s surf mission on the outer reefs  

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball  

(at Zanzibar Island)

Today’s surf mission on the outer reefs

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball

(at Zanzibar Island)

by Katherine Yaksich

Went diving and found a few fish  

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball  

(at Zanzibar Island)

Went diving and found a few fish

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball

(at Zanzibar Island)

by Katherine Yaksich

Surface to Air II  

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball  

(at Zanzibar Island)

Surface to Air II

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball

(at Zanzibar Island)

by Katherine Yaksich

My travel partner in crime @andrewmklein in the light.   

We’ve had one hell of an unforgettable African journey together that included getting chased by elephants at camp and seeing great white sharks swim inches from our faces.   

He led me to the summit of Kilimanjaro, and looked after me after I barely made it down.   

This journey wouldn’t be the same without him, and my heart is full after sharing this great adventure together.   

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball  

(at Zanzibar, Tanzania)

My travel partner in crime @andrewmklein in the light.

We’ve had one hell of an unforgettable African journey together that included getting chased by elephants at camp and seeing great white sharks swim inches from our faces.

He led me to the summit of Kilimanjaro, and looked after me after I barely made it down.

This journey wouldn’t be the same without him, and my heart is full after sharing this great adventure together.

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball

(at Zanzibar, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

RAWRRR!!   

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball  

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

RAWRRR!!

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

We are the reckless,
We are the wild youth  

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball  

(at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania)

We are the reckless, We are the wild youth

#thisisafrica #bigcatsplayball

(at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

A lioness on the hunt  

#bigcatsplayball #thisisafrica  

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

A lioness on the hunt

#bigcatsplayball #thisisafrica

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

A sea of pink flamingos   

#bigcatsplayball #thisisafrica  

(at Lake Manyara, Tanzania)

A sea of pink flamingos

#bigcatsplayball #thisisafrica

(at Lake Manyara, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Our first up close and personal lion encounter in the Serengeti.   

We easily saw over 100 big cats in the Serengeti.   

#stayfierce #bigcatsplayball  


(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

Our first up close and personal lion encounter in the Serengeti.

We easily saw over 100 big cats in the Serengeti.

#stayfierce #bigcatsplayball

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Lions don’t have a very high success rate when it comes to hunting. We saw 4 prides of lions fail to capture their prey, and here is an image of 2 lions failing to take down a Cape buffalo. It literally scared the crap out of the buffalo afterwards.  

#keepitwild #bigcatsplayball  

(at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania)

Lions don’t have a very high success rate when it comes to hunting. We saw 4 prides of lions fail to capture their prey, and here is an image of 2 lions failing to take down a Cape buffalo. It literally scared the crap out of the buffalo afterwards.

#keepitwild #bigcatsplayball

(at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

One rite of passage from boyhood to the status of junior warrior is a painful circumcision ceremony, which is performed without anaesthetic. These young Masaai warriors have been recently circumcised.   

#bigcatsplayball  

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

One rite of passage from boyhood to the status of junior warrior is a painful circumcision ceremony, which is performed without anaesthetic. These young Masaai warriors have been recently circumcised.

#bigcatsplayball

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Maasai and their cattle on the way to the Serengeti. Sometimes the Maasai have to defend their cattle from lion attacks using their spears.  

#bigcatsplayball  

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

Maasai and their cattle on the way to the Serengeti. Sometimes the Maasai have to defend their cattle from lion attacks using their spears.

#bigcatsplayball

(at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

Kakesu
Maasai village of Baraka, Tanzania  

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people that live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They still continue their age old customs despite pressure to become modernized.  
 
#bigcatsplayball  

(at Tanzania)

Kakesu Maasai village of Baraka, Tanzania

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people that live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They still continue their age old customs despite pressure to become modernized.

#bigcatsplayball

(at Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

At the summit we were greeted by spectacular views, like this one of the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro casting a shadow across Mt. Meru  

#bigcatsplayball  

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

At the summit we were greeted by spectacular views, like this one of the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro casting a shadow across Mt. Meru

#bigcatsplayball

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

by Katherine Yaksich

Above the clouds at 14,000 ft   

#takeflight #bigcatsplayball  


(at Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania)

Above the clouds at 14,000 ft

#takeflight #bigcatsplayball

(at Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania)