“I feel as though the cardboard box of my own reality has been flattened and blown open. Now I can see the edge of the world.” Tom Hiddleston
It’s time to log off and put your devices down. With lockdown lasting longer than we’d like, we have all become hyper-connected to our screens as we depend on it to stay distracted, connected with friends, family and work remotely.
We already live in a world where technology is taking over more of our time and attention, but how do we turn off when we rely so much on our devices? With social distancing and isolation in place, reaching for our phone, tablet, laptop or TV remote has become a coping mechanism for many. But with local travel reopening, you can now trade in checking emails for some much needed time in the bush!
At Iconic Africa, we believe that “switching off” and getting in touch with real-life is imperative to our wellbeing. Doing this in our world’s most primitive natural habitat (the African Wilderness or as we call it here… the “Bush”) can only speed up and enhance your experience. As the world heals, we need to heal too! Experience the primordial rhythms of Africa and let it resonate back home; let the stunning landscapes and sceneries of the Kruger infuse into your mind and heart; appreciate the sustainable bounties of the African bush from 5-star gourmet meals to signature cocktails; let your heart be guided by yoga and meditation; meet new, life-long friends who will become family; and reconnect to your true self and bond with your loved ones in a way that can only happen in the bush.
The more technology takes over our lives the more nature we need…
Humans are hard-wired to love and thrive in nature (and more specifically in the endless space of dusty savannahs)
The bush makes us feel alive – it awakens all our senses
It has the ability to heal the heart, mind and body
The beauty of the African wilderness makes us more efficient, inspired and creative
It can reduce depression and improve psychological wellbeing
Animal-human interaction builds social bonds and grounds us
Nature bonds families and friends
Now that we know why it is important here a few tips on how to digitally de-power on Safari:
The minute you leave the airport and head for your luxury safari destination turn off everything digital except your camera.
Make an effort to do things you wouldn’t normally do and do them at a slower more leisurely pace i.e. take a long bath, read a book, go for a long walk, sit and watch the beautiful African sunrise and listen to the sounds of the bush waking up.
Be aware and observe like a scientist! Immerse yourself in your surroundings and connect with the present by learning as much as you can about your exciting new
Meditate to the sounds of the African bush this will create clarity and calm the mind in a way you didn’t know was possible.
Relax, sleep and let Africa spoil and treat you in a way you have never been treated before.