Trust = Treasure
A temporary home from home, Losoloago Pan shimmers her welcome. Oppressive desert heat drives us straight to our freezer, emerging with cans of half-frozen mango juice. Stretching, we soak it in, along with the silence. Like shrugging into a familiar shirt, we begin the process of unpacking. Some way off, the silhouette of a Spotted Hyena, less hairy than its Brown brother, lopes behind bushes. We know from last time that both may be about, unusual as it is for their territories to overlap. They’ll visit later no doubt, when the flames of our fire begin reaching for the stars.
The gurgling of a Hornbill catches our attention. Dave is ready, aiming his Nikon into the overhanging thorn tree, which provides scant shade for our rooftop tent. Not to be upstaged, a Francolin scampers towards his feet, followed by some Ground Squirrels. They’re shy at first, growing bolder when we offer little bits of bread. Teeny paws pull our hands closer, light as the brush of eyelashes to cheeks. Never before have we interacted this intimately. Tentative, but determined, they test the limits of Trust. The pleasure, of course, is entirely ours.
Quotes to consider:
“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald
“Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough” – Frank Crane
Here are some more images to illustrate the scene:
- Botswana: Safari Under Cover (audleytravel.com)
- Botswana High Court denies Kalahari’s indigenous Bushmen water rights in their homeland (foxnews.com)
- Taking a punt on the polers of Botswana’s Okavango delta (guardian.co.uk)