Before I joined this two week walking safari in Botswana I had already been to Africa quite a few times. And I thought I knew the bush and was at ease with it. But only after swimming in the river after the hippo’s had just left and having learned how to approach elephant on foot and spend some time with them in perfect harmony I realized Africa now is the natural place for me to be. Thanks UbuntuTrails for connecting me!
Being ‘of the grid’ surrounded by wildlife, making long bush walks including running into elephants, crossing rivers and steering your mokoro through the Okavango Delta is a lifetime experience by itself. However, this trip was more. It is also about leading your ‘team’ through the bush and providing hospitality to your ‘customers’. Just give me 24-hour notice, and I will join you again on the plane to Africa!
It is so beautiful to experience the rules of nature and to learn that these are also present deep inside yourself. You just have to wake them up. Trust yourself, your fellow travelers and the environment without losing sight of them.
As a general manager people expect you to always be in control. But when you’re in control you’re not going fast enough. The leadership course has learned me to trust my instincts and improvise when your plans don’t work.
I’ve been on trail with UbuntuTrails many times. I quickly realized that being in the bush requires one to be extremely knowledgable and very versatile. Every day you start with a plan. Executing this plan in such unpredictable conditions requires you to improvise almost immediately after you have left camp. On top of that you need to have courage and trust your team members when facing challenging situations such as encountering a herd of elephants or buffalo. When you are committed to each other and work together, you will always get the maximum out of each situation.
A leadership trail is a great way to challenge your personal leadership. I have always been an ambitious person but out on the trail I again realized that everything in life and in business is teamwork. Winning together is more fun!
Sharing camp with a lot of fellow entrepreneurs and some elephants was awesome. The nights at the campfire have learned me to be at ease in any situation.
In the bush there is no tomorrow and running away, so you have to figure it out and deal with it! I now practice this valuable lesson when I manage my business. Soon I will go on my fourth trip with Ubuntutrails.com