Safari School The Beginning

Jan Leeming

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Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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Safari School - The beginning

Date: 1st June 2006

We travelled Business Class to Johannesburg, then to Port Elizabeth and from there we flew in a Piper Chieftain to the Shamwari Air Strip. As we came in to land, we saw a large table spread with white cloths and what looked like some Magnums of Champagne. They turned out to be Terracotta vases and the repast was Tea and sandwiches. As is usual with filming, the flight in had to be shot again and the pilot asked if anyone wanted another flight. I dashed for the plane along with a few of the others. It was fantastic as this time the pilot was performing purely for the camera. We were flying very low when suddenly the pilot took off almost vertically and we were all thrown back in our seats - great fun. After the usual shillying and shallying we eventually embarked onto the Safari we eventually embarked onto the Safari vehicles - the usual 4 x 4's with the raised seats to give better game viewing. The skies were blackening and we were informed that the journey would be about three quarters of an hour. Along the route we saw many warthogs, some giraffe and a lazy lioness who could only just about be bothered to move out of the way of the vehicle.

In the living room was a Blackboard with the four words KNOWLEDGE, OBSERVATION, SKILLS, PASSION. This was quickly adapted to NO LEG OVA KILLS PASSION We met the Rangers, Graeme McLeod and Andrew Kearney - both very Afrikaaner and Macho. We were told how seriously we had to take the exercise and that we would wear uniform at all times and were informed of some of the Golden Rules of the Bush - the foremost being DON'T RUN. (Try sticking to that rule if a Rhino is charging you!

Safari School - The beginning

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