When I got back I was like:
“You have to go, it’s wonderful.” So next year
I brought other people. They’d complain:
“What if nothing happens? I wanna see animals!
If I see none…” They didn’t get it. -It’s impossible to not see animals.
-Well, look at this guy here. I saw several animals! -Several ants.
-I saw more rhinos than anyone! -They were around me.
-People were like: “I bet I’m not gonna see anything!
You’re a jinx.” But that’s like jumping into a pool
expecting not to get wet. -Yeah.
-Of course you will! It’s impossible
to miss the animals. When you arrive, there’re so many
zebras, wildebeests… You don’t empathize
with wildebeests. And you begin the safari,
you’re feeling all excited, and suddenly you come across
a gazelle. Everyone’s smitten! Even though
it’s super far away! And you take
dozens of photos. Then you walk 60ft more. “Another gazelle! Wow!”
You’re still entranced. In 10 minutes, you’re like:
“Oh look, a gazelle.” My friends and I
had an inside joke. We said zebras are
the pigeons of safaris. Seeing the first one
is like you described. Minutes later
you’re sick of zebras. -They just blur together.
-“Look at the zebra! Awesome!” Then you’re like:
“When’s that zebra gonna die?” “Where’s the lion
to kill that zebra?” LAW OF THE JUNGLE One of the greatest thrills
is seeing a hunt. -You must’ve seen a million hunts.
-Not a million, no. I’ve seen one complete hunt. Four lionesses
beside our car, asleep, and one lion
on the other side, asleep too. I’d hit the side of the car,
trying to wake them up so I could take a photo
of the lion with his eyes open. Suddenly the guide tells us: “There’s an impala
right behind us. Be careful.” I could only fetch
the camera and point it at the impala’s
direction. It went straight
to the lionesses’ jaws. I think I took
a dozen photos. In more or less ten seconds. -You saw a cheetah hunting?
-Yeah. A cheetah running must be
a beautiful sight. Yes. We couldn’t
see everything because it strayed very far.
But it was after a gazelle, making those really sharp turns,
just like the prey. Suddenly they were super far away
and we’d only see dust. In Botswana I saw
a wild dog hunt. I’d never seen wild dogs
in Kenya or Tanzania. But I saw them in Botswana. They’re like a mix of wolf
and hyena… -Like a maned wolf.
-It’s the African wild dog. And it was crazy.
We were getting back… At about 5, 5:30pm we were
returning to the lodge and the Sun was down. Suddenly we see
a pack of six wild dogs. They were running
one after the other, kinda like a trot.
It’s not a run, just a little jog. And they just don’t tire. They’re prancing around
when they see a gazelle. So they start chasing it. The gazelle flees, they stop,
look around and keep on jogging.
We saw them like that a few times but nothing came of it. The next day we arrive
at the hotel in Botswana. We went to our room,
which had a view to this pond. I went out to the balcony. All of a sudden,
right in front of our room, there’re like 12 wild dogs
running after a bunch of gazelles.
I was like: “A hunt! Look!” The dogs
and impalas running. Then a bunch of impalas running
right below us. And the wild dogs
hot on their trail. When I opened the door, the gazelles and the dogs
were right in front of me! A gazelle actually invaded
someone’s room! -I swear!
-That’s bull! We were freaking out, but we’d given up on seeing
an actual, complete hunt. We were thrilled anyway. Then out came a little gazelle
way behind and a wild dog after it. Like 30ft away
from the hotel. The gazelle jumped,
but it landed on the water. -It fell into the pond?
-Yeah. The dog went straight at it
and started mauling it. It was taking the gazelle away,
when out came 12 other dogs, each ripping out a piece.
It wasn’t even a gazelle anymore. -It was a thing…
-It was steak au poivre. Each one took a piece away. It was magic, we were fascinated
by them eating. TIPS My tip is for you to go
on a safari with people who are familiar
with them and who’ve already been
to the place. The animals may be close by and you end up missing them
by a few feet because you
didn’t have a guide to point you out
in the direction of where
the animals are. So go alongside
knowledgeable people. THE COLORS OF AFRICA I’ve seen Fabio’s
Namibia pics. You see all those colors,
the sunset… It was shocking, a completely
different color palette. Africa’s different.
A different Sun… -There’s no sunset like it.
-It’s incomparable. -It’s impressive.
-Those dunes, Sossusvlei. -D’you go there?
-Yeah. The Big Daddy. I’d never seen
that color before. -That orange…
-It’s orange, -the blue sky…
-The white vlei… -It’s impeccable.
-It’s a combination of blue -with orange.
-And the colors change a lot. As you drive by, there’s
undergrowth, then some trees which even look kinda tropical. Then a yellow stretch of land.
That really stood out to me. And when you drive
with your friends, the whole route is a safari.
There are animals everywhere. When I went to Dead Vlei,
as I was walking, I came across that animal,
the… oryx? Yeah, that’s the one. What a coincidence! -They planned it.
-Perfect timing to show the book! We’d been planning it. Namibia and an oryx.
I ate oryx there. -So did I.
-Did you eat zebra meat? -I did.
-I tasted it, nearly crying. I’m a vegetarian,
I don’t run that risk. -That’s what we were talking about.
-Dead Vlei. Look at the orange,
the sandy white, the blue… And the black trees,
which have been dead for 600 years. Namibia’s interesting because,
despite the animals in the desert, -it’s not ideal for sightings.
-You see more of them in Tanzania. But the desert itself
is fascinating, because you have this very arid, windy,
hot landscape, with a beautiful sky. At night it’s super starry. I stayed in a hotel where
you can sleep outside, watching the stars. It’s the most unique place
among the safaris I’ve been to, because it’s a total desert. You bump around more
when you drive, and it doesn’t rain
in the desert. You drive across the dunes, which is beautiful, -but exhausting.
-About raining in the desert, I made the mistake
of believing it didn’t. That’s because you bought
such a great travel deal! In Namibia, I knew there was risk of raining,
but I thought if that happened, the water would be drained
or something. When I arrived in Windhoek,
the capital, I got the car and drove
straight to the next city. It was about a 4-hour drive. We took nearly 12. Because it’d poured. We were driving
and driving… -He needs a hug.
-He totally does. As we were driving, the road
simply didn’t exist anymore. It was just a huge puddle. -We were going to Seeheim.
-I know Seeheim. We got constant floodings.
All the time. Then we got to a lodge…
I’m a DIY kind of guy. I plan for my own trip, I drive
myself, I get the cheapest car. -And doesn’t see elephants!
-Yeah. And gets stuck in the mud! But that day we paid for a lodge
because that region was difficult. We could’ve camped,
but I wanted the lodge. Begrudgingly, I paid…
Well, it wasn’t that much. I wanted to treat myself. I was gonna bathe
in the desert pool and do stuff I never did. I arrived at 3am,
everything was closed. And I had to get up at 6am. I arrived super bummed
and got up super bummed, half an hour before everyone
so I could take a walk. WHERE TO LODGE It’s interesting how, even though
the infrastructure’s good… On my first time, I was gonna stay
in a hotel in the savannah. But some friends told me not to,
that it’s cooler to camp. Even if it’s glamping. As long as it’s actual tents
in the middle of the forest. You have the infrastructure,
but in the middle of the chaos. From Brazil we usually land
in Johannesburg, which is the hub from where
you leave to other places. On my first trip
I went to Kenya. So, you get to Nairobi. From Nairobi you take
another plane, which lands in the middle
of the zebras. The plane circles for a while
to disperse them. You can’t just wing it. You gotta have a hotel
and guide hired and paid for, and a car waiting for you.
The plane just drops you there and leaves.
So it’s not easy. You’re not in a luxury resort,
you’re in the savannah. It’s an adventure. Yeah, there’s
an adventurous vibe. Yeah, the adventure
is implicit in the plane, in the landing
and stuff. I went to Kenya, Tanzania,
Rwanda, Botswana and Namibia. Maybe because it was the first,
but I found Kenya the coolest. I loved the Kenyan people. In Tanzania, I found the people
a bit serious. The Tanzanians. You can’t be too at ease. In Kenya, they’d take us
to the middle of nowhere. It’s not just tiny roads,
but they’d go there. In Tanzania you kinda have
to stick to established routes. But in Kenya and Botswana
you wind around the forests. Something I think
it’s a cool tip: when I arrived in Nairobi
I stayed in the Giraffe Manor, which is very expensive. But it’s awesome,
you have breakfast with giraffes. It’s actually
a giraffe sanctuary. You go to sleep and when you
wake up next morning there are small windows
with food for the giraffes. They stick their heads inside
and you feed them. Then you go down to eat breakfast,
the giraffes are there, too. There’s also
an elephant orphanage. You’re in full contact.
You get your clothes dirty, you can hug the elephants, they squirt water on you. You stay among tons of them. You spend the morning with
giraffes and elephants, go back to the hotel, shower
and go straight to the safari. He’s not into it, but there’s
this restaurant called Carnivore. -Yeah.
-It’s a kind of barbecue place, but instead of bringing
spits to the table, there’s this gigantic oven
in the middle of the restaurant -with all kinds of meat.
-It’s the cast of The Lion King. -But dead.
-On the grill. The whole movie’s there. TIPS My tip for those who want
to go on safaris is to take a backpack
or lighter traveling bag. Preferably a small one. Because
you’re gonna have to carry it. You can’t always pull those wheeled
types, because of the terrain. Also, wear light
and airy clothing. That way you can blend better
into the landscape. The mosquitoes
won’t get you as much. Khakis are a good choice.
Hats, lots of sunscreen, and bug repellent, always. Something we always… Also, always bring a coat.
Preferably waterproof. Because it’s really cold
early in the morning, then it gets hot,
then cold again. And it might rain. Also, don’t bring too many clothes.
You can wash them there. Just enjoy the trip,
don’t carry too much. BREAKFAST WITH THE LIONESSES I didn’t camp,
I stayed in lodges. And the food is delicious. They
don’t really have a staple food. There’s game meat. But it’s very homemade-like.
It’s very tasty. In the lodges you notice
they use their own seasonings… But what’s the basic? Like rice
in Asia and corn in South America. They eat
a lot of vegetables. -They eat a lot of pot roast.
-Yeah. -I ate that a lot.
-They eat tons of meat. From the oryx, right? They eat a lot of oryx meat. -Yeah.
-They like stew a lot. Usually bred in farms. -They breed the animals.
-I ate oryx, kudu and zebra meat. -I liked all three.
-And for vegetarians? Well… in safari lodges,
if you say you’re a vegetarian, they prepare
some wonderful dishes. It’s international cuisine. I think it’s interesting to discuss
the day-to-day in a safari. You usually wake up super early,
like 5am, when is still dark and cold. They bring you coffee or tea
to your tent, and at 5:30am your group
has to be ready to leave, because from 11am to 3pm
nothing happens. It’s scorching hot,
so the animals just wanna chill. You have two options:
go out from 6am to 11am, or from 3pm to 6pm. -You can go at night, too.
-Yeah. But, during the day, you leave
when it’s still a bit foggy to search for a lion
that’s going to hunt… -Returning from his night out.
-Totally. So you go around, exploring. By 8am, more or less,
when it’s full daylight, the excursion stops,
the guide looks for a spot and they prepare a breakfast
for your group. After checking if there are
animals around, of course. My friend Iara
was gonna do exactly that. The guide checked and saw
two lions about a mile away. So he finds a clearing
and the group gets out. They’re eating breakfast,
three adults, one kid and the guide. All of a sudden there’s
a lioness some 65ft away. She points the lioness
to the guide. The guide says:
“Get in the car.” She like, throws the kid
inside the car. Then there are five lionesses
surrounding them. And the guide stayed
out of the car. The lionesses come closer -and the guide says: “Go away!”
-“Scram!” Because you can’t run.
You can’t show fear. And then the lionesses
went away. But they got super close. There’s this tension… -This constant tension.
-And it’s really cool. PEOPLES AND TRIBES Did you guys see
any indigenous tribes? Who saw the Masai Mara? I did. In Tanzania there were always
one of two of them around. I took pictures.
They walk in large groups. -The Masai warriors.
-They do this beautiful dance. We saw a dance performance. -They jump super high.
-It’s called “adamu”. -It’s a competition, right?
-They do these jumps in order to show
their future wives -who can jump higher.
-Yeah. -There’s this manliness to it.
-I jumped with them. I’d be the last pick. -I saw the Himba.
-The Himba are a pastoralist people -in Namibia.
-In Namibia. They live in Angola and Namibia,
those regions. But there’re specific regions
they stick to. The tribes change,
but there’s always someone there to benefit from tourism. There’s always a group there,
even if it changes. I went there,
but I was kinda scared. Not scared of the tribe
per se, but I didn’t wanna
do something wrong. Like some stupid white supremacist
checking out “inferior people”. I was terrified of that,
I kept hesitating. And when we arrived there,
it was already closed to visitors. We begged them
to let us in. They called someone in the tribe
who could speak English. And I came out very emotional.
The curiosity is mutual. They’d answer our questions
and ask questions, too. -And the women are beautiful.
-They are beautiful! They paint their faces
with a red paste, a mix of rancid butter
and iron ore, that gives them
this bronze hue. And they have red braids. And it’s not their real hair,
it’s an extension. -They told me there.
-It’s a hair weave! And they don’t clean up
with water. There’s this ritual
with smoke. And they sell
some souvenirs, too. I even brought one. They sell some stuff. When we were there, one of them said something
and the others laughed. But we were totally
out of the loop. This girl had found me handsome,
and she kept smiling. My friends started
making fun of me. -She was like: “You can stay!”
-“Wanna play in the smoke?” -Did you hook up?
-We didn’t. -But I bought some of her stuff.
-Alright, then. I saw the Masai, too. I camped inside
the Masai Mara, so we spent an entire day
with a Masai tribe. And there was that mutual
curiosity indeed. I interacted a lot
with the kids. There was this little boy
I took a picture with. He was wearing sandals and was fascinated about
the size of my boots. He asked to try my boots on
at one time. There was also their ritual
performances. You can visit
inside their houses, see how they look,
what the people eat, -where they sleep.
-How they reproduce. It was the same with the Himbas.
There are tons of kids. They come running
to see you. The moms love it, it’s like:
“Finally I can take a break.” In went to Kenya
and saw the Masai tribe. They make
some beautiful fabrics. And it’s nice to buy something
to encourage local trade. -Ethical tourism.
-Exactly. To be honest, it felt a bit staged
for the benefit of tourists, like:
“Look at them jumping.” They’d just be chilling, then a tourist arrived,
they’d start jumping. -“Let’s see the house.”
-Right. Kinda like
an open-air museum. It was interesting,
but not very… authentic. I felt the same, but everything changed
when the kids arrived. Because they didn’t care
about acting or showing off. The adults would wear
traditional clothing, some with their own fabrics,
the women wearing necklaces… All kinda organized to show you
this spectacle, step by step. -But it’s worth it.
-Of course. There’s a really cool way
you can see the Masai in the north of Kenya. They’ve built a lodge there -and they themselves are the owners.
-That’s very cool! That’s how things
start to work. I talked to one
of the managers, who told me
he’d studied marketing. The opposite happened
in southern Ethiopia. It’s not very far from Kenya,
some 300 miles north. In the south of Ethiopia
you can find the last
truly pastoralist tribes who remain nomads,
in the Omo Valley. Those people with tribal face paint
and headdresses. The photos I took there are simply spectacular. BEST TIME TO GO It’s important to choose carefully
when you go to each country. There’re rainy seasons
and dry seasons. The animals migrate
according to the season. I went to Botswana
in December and January, when it didn’t rain much. So you can do something
really cool: you stay in hotels in the rainy
season, and due to the flooding, all the lions and buffalos
are stuck in the same island. You see a lot more hunts
and stuff. When I went it was all dry, so the animals were
scattered. It wasn’t as great
an opportunity. But in Botswana
I did something I hadn’t done in Kenya
or Tanzania, a boat safari. -So I could see the hippos.
-In the Okavango. But it’s best to visit Etosha,
for instance, in the dry season. The animals have to go
to the water sources, so you can just go
and wait for them. -You have to do research.
-Exactly. You can go anywhere you want
to have fun, especially cities, but if you want to see animals,
you have to be informed -or it won’t work.
-Yeah. At least go with someone
who knows the region. Exactly! Wanna go in a safari now? I’m gonna be humble
and admit I’ve never been to one. But now I really want to. -Excited to go?
-Totally! It was very lively. I learned so much with them,
it was like watching a movie. What do you most
want to see? I want to do this thing,
like stay in a car and pretend I’m an animal
watching other animals. -How beautiful.
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