New beginnings: 2020

Sabi Sand | December 2019

With every new year comes new beginnings, it’s a time to start fresh and work toward a new purpose in your life. Not only are we moving into a new year, but we are moving into a new decade where there is much uncertainty for what the future will hold. As long as we stick to a positive mind and grasp the idea of faith and trust in our journeys, it can only be a decade filled with growth and fulfilment.

This time of the year in the bush is always one of new beginnings, the rains bringing new life to the vegetation which seemed almost completely lifeless a few months ago are now bursting with colour and growth. Young animals are born into a time where they are able to develop with generous amounts of food and water and the sounds of the bush are filled with the calls of our migrant bird species who are here to start the life cycle of their kind all over again.

There is a kind of magic in the air as we wake up to the morning sun that warms our skin, the smell of wet soil from rain throughout the night which radiates through the breeze and the excitement that builds inside as we begin our new day in this spectacular wilderness area.
One can only start their day with an incredible, overwhelming sense of gratitude when you stay at Singita.

Not only is it a new start for us, excitedly turning the chapter into 2020 our resident female leopard, the Schotia female is a new single mother to at least two new cubs which she has been keeping under wraps since the beginning of December. With two little, spotted fur balls coming into the world she will once again be using all of her strength and energy this year to make sure her offspring flourish and make their way into adulthood, all while fighting for her own survival.

There is such incredible strength and resilience in nature. The pure instinct to survive and thrive as a species is something which we can all learn from when out in the bush and I believe it is a true lesson and testament to the ways in which we should be living our own lives.
Each and every one of us has a purpose and if nature can teach us anything, it is that we all have a place and purpose to be here on this earth. My advice for 2020 is to take time away from busy life to be still, be present in the moment, breathe and know that each breathe you take is a gift. Each and every living being out here in the bush is a gift to us, one of beauty and tribute to how incredibly spectacular our world is and how important our wilderness areas are to us.

Singita is a place of miracles and I have no doubt that 2020 will be filled with many more wonderful miracles both out here in the bush and for each and every one of you reading this.

“And suddenly you know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart