The Reality!

There was many people tell me that I’m too chilled and that I didn’t really do the walk enough justice as far as how extreme and remote it has actually been…

So I will try…

From day one I was left alone, alone in the middle of one of the remotest wildernesses on earth, to then walk by myself through deep forests, overgrown bush and places where ‘white’ people don’t venture, due to fear of witchcraft, murder, landmines and the unknown..

I was accused of being a witch, a devil, a ghost… Smuggling diamonds, Ivory and gold and many more..

People ran in fear at my presence, screaming and then alerting the whole village that a ghost was walking through their land…

I then faced interrogation about “why are you here? and why are you walking” from very suspicious and sometimes angry locals..

I then walked out of their village to then go through the next village and repeat the same process around 20 times per day….

The heat left me sick, weak and seriously dehydrated on a daily basis…

And when its wasn’t always possible to stay next to the river, I often walked for hours without certainty that I would be able to locate water and then walked in fear that I might die of seriously overheating and dehydration…

I had to be alert at all times and was constantly looking around for snakes, crocodiles, hippos and numerous other creatures that might want to eat me….

When it became dark I had to protect myself from mosquitoes with repellents and mosquito nets, because if I didn’t then I would have most probably contracted Malaria or various other deadly diseases…

I often walked for days without human contact and when this happened I had to try and remain mentally focused and strong, which became a daily struggle…

Because of all this, the biggest question I got each day was “Why?”

This was true adventure, true exploration, a true challenge, and this is what I wanted.

Did I have a right to complain about any of these things? its what I chose.

People live in these conditions everyday of their lives, so what makes me any different?….

I smiled, laughed and played it down because it was all I could do. I felt so honoured to be there, and felt truly blessed to have had this privilege.

After all, it was – The Wildest Journey

 

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