Few places spark the imagination or have been such a source of inspiration as Africa. The continent calls to those with an adventurous spirit to come and walk her lonely lands, and in doing so, they will become bewitched under her spell. Here are five quotes from those who have loved all that is Africa.
“There are as many Africas as there are books about Africa — and as many books about it as you could read in a leisurely lifetime. Whoever writes a new one can afford a certain complacency in the knowledge that his is a new picture agreeing with no one else’s, but likely to be haugthily disagreed with by all those who believed in some other Africa. …Being thus all things to all authors, it follows, I suppose, that Africa must be all things to all readers.
Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just ‘home.”
– Beryl Markham
“Already I was beginning to fall into the African way of thinking: That if you properly respect what you are after, and shoot it cleanly and on the animal’s terrain, if you imprison in your mind all the wonder of the day from sky to smell to breeze to flowers—then you have not merely killed an animal. You have lent immortality to a beast you have killed because you loved him and wanted him forever so that you could always recapture the day.”
“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
– Karen Blixen
“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all”
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy”
– Ernest Hemingway