South African Wildlife!

Hello everyone! Here are some of the photos I promised on my last post from my trip to South Africa. It was a truly amazing experience, pictures simply cannot capture it’s beauty. Enjoy and let me know what you think! I will be back soon with my fourth anxiety help guide post.

To be honest I got more videos than photos which will all be combined into a YouTube video which will be posted on my channel- Hannah Grace- soon! I saw lots more animals than just these few but I wanted to enjoy the present moment when I was there and not live behind the camera or through a screen, I hope you all understand.

All my love,

HG

A more serious blog post

Hello beautiful readers, I hope you’ve all had an amazing day or are currently having an amazing day. I am currently in a siesta in South Africa, so most people are napping before we head out this evening for a night drive which should be exciting. On regular monitoring during the day, the majority of the animals here are passed out sleeping or are just very inactive, this is because it’s cooler in the evenings therefore they are more active then, so tonight should be interesting! 

Being here in South Africa has been really fascinating, it wasn’t quite what I expected but then I didn’t really have any expectations anyway! To be honest I thought I’d cope better with travelling alone because I am a confident person but as I mentioned in my previous post I did struggle for a couple of days. Overall the entire experience has been incredible and I would recommend it to anyone, it’s so refreshing to be outside every day, the scenery here has been insane and of course the wildlife is incredible. It’s actually rather surreal to see animals such as giraffes, elephants and lions in the wild rather than behind a fence at a zoo in small enclosures. Being able to help the local communities too has been wonderful, and every day I learn something new about a species of animal here. The best part is everything is a surprise, you may go out planning on tracking rhinos and come across an entire herd of elephants in the process. I’ll be sharing even more photos at the end of next week once I’m home again, since I have too many to share! 

One of the places I visited this week is called Born Free, a place where rescued big cats can find solitude and finds forever home, after being either abused or mistreated by previous owners. One of the lions, King, was particularly friendly, although this was adorable it was pretty evident that he would never be able to get released into the wild because he was too confident around humans which could lead to him being poached. They have Born Free centres worldwide, places like this really deserve recognition, and although I got to visit as a volunteer these places are not zoo’s, and there was only a small number of us visiting the sanctuary on this morning. I really appreciate the work of places like this, to be able to visit here was a really lovely experience, and although it was sad hearing these cats back stories it was also reassuring to know they are in good hands now.

Another memorable experience this week was seeing a black rhino in the wild, for those who don’t know this species of rhino is particularly endangered, rhinos in general are regularly poached for their horns. For anyone who can it would really be amazing if you could sponsor a rhino or help contribute to this species survival, part of this means spreading awareness that rhino horns don’t have any medicinal value which is believed in many cultures but is false. If we get rid of the consumers there is no need for the product therefore rhino horns wouldn’t be in demand and they wouldn’t be getting poached. 

I know this post was a bit more informative than my others, and I still have lots to talk about with South Africa, but I just felt the need to help everyone understand that this trip wasn’t just for fun I’m educating myself in conservation and helping protect species that may not be around in the next 20 years! We should all spread awareness for animal conservation, because are we really happy with our children only being able to see an elephant or rhino through a picture book? I think not. Have a beautiful week.

All my love, 
HG 
(The Broken Pearl) 

P.S: I apologise for this post being delayed, I have just been very busy here and timing has been a struggle, I hope you understand

The one thing stopping you from doing what you love

Hello beautiful readers, I am currently feeling super motivated and fancied writing while I was in the zone. To be honest, I just want to help as many people as I can with my advice. As I’ve mentioned multiple times I love giving to others, and as Jen Sincero taught me in her book You are a Badass– in giving to others you will undoubtedly recieve an abundance of goods, because that’s the way the Universe works, what you put out you recieve… and I freaking love that!

So I remember when I started University, or even when studying my A Levels that I had a really strong feeling and passion about going to one of Africa’s many countries and getting involved with the wildlife out there. I’ve always been one of those people who sits on the edge of their seat while watching Planet Earth as David Attenborough narrates the life of a penguin, whale or zerba. I love the beauty and complexity of the Earth and nature itself, it’s always been something I’ve held such admiration for. I think growing up in the countryside of Kent in England has contributed to this. Forestry and endless rolling hills are scenes that have become normalised for me but some people dream of in their built up towns or sky-scraper cities.

As I said however this has become normalised to me, I know there’s so much more exotic wildlife out there, and I want to witness it. I’ve never been one to watch a lot of TV, in my opinion I’d rather be experiencing or doing what I’m watching rather than sitting on my bum and commenting on what other people are achieving. I’m not saying I don’t relax and chill out sometimes, but I am such a do’er so I wasn’t just planning on watching David Attenborough narrate about zebras I was going to do it myself.

When I ran into a large sum of money at the end of 2018, I didn’t pay back the student loan I owed immediatly, I didn’t use it to learn to drive which perhaps would have been the ‘sensible’ thing to do. Instead I used it to do something I was super passionate about and knew I would cherish in my heart forever… I BOOKED A TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA TO WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER.

If you’re new here this is news for you, for those of you who have been here before, your ears are probably bleeding from hearing me talk about this again and I apologise. But I cannot contain my excitement enough!

What I’m trying to say is that sometimes it’s important to go for what feels good rather than what other people are trying to convince you to do, or what might be the ‘sensible’ thing to do. Be wild and crazy, pursue what many would think you were stupid for doing because at the end of the day as long as you’re happy and your soul is content what is there to worry about?

Most people back out of things they truly desire out of fear. Don’t be that person. Make your dreams a reality. Travel through your TV screen, start living the life you’ve always wanted. For me South Africa is the start of something beautiful, it’s the start of a new addiction, an adventure of a lifetime.

I hope you go after what’s calling you too.

All my love,

HG

(The Broken Pearl)