Even from a young age, I knew that I couldn’t work at a desk.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad place to be if you love your work, and it’s probably still a possibility for me in the future.
For now though, I have chosen a much better office – the bush!
The African bushveld is one of the most amazing and beautiful places. Each area in Africa is different to the rest – each has its own unique landscapes, flora and fauna.
The amazing part is that you don’t even have to travel too far to reach a completely new ecosystem, with a vastly new look and feel.
When I first started to plan where I would end up one day, I never could have guessed it would have been somewhere as incredible as Lion Sands.
The best part about this life and type of work is that you can pursue it in many different locations, and who’s to say the next place I end up working won’t be as far afield as Alaska or Australia.
There is always another option; you just need to be willing to learn. The perks of living in the wild are the experiences you get each day.
The best way to wake up in the morning is when the sun starts to shine through your windows, and as you slowly start to rise, you hear the birds sing, the hippos in the river moan, and if you are really lucky, you the distant whoop of a hyaena, the roar of a lion or even the trumpeting of elephants nearby.
Those are my absolute favourite mornings. As field guides, we are usually awake before sunrise, so we get to hear all those amazing sounds as the morning unfolds.
The end of the day is another time when nature really shows off. Watching the sunset is one of the best experiences you can have, especially when it is coupled with an ice cold beverage and some animals moving about in the foreground.
And the symphony of sounds doesn’t hurt either.
It has always been a dream of mine to live and work in a place like this.
Words and Photos by: Scott Boake