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Extraordinary Experience

Katie Hazard
Views: 306 Visited: Aug 2012 Reviewed: Jan 08, 2014

Wow! I can’t imagine a better way to experience the “real Africa” than with the Open Heart group. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and definitely exceeded expectations.
I went on the trip with my 72-year-old father, and we both had such an incredible time and it was a wonderful experience to share together. One of my highlights was seeing a wild leopard just a few feet from our jeep – it was so magnificent & moving, it almost brought me to tears. And spending a day volunteering in a slum in the capital, seeing the way the people lived and being able to make a small contribution, was also very moving. It’s hard to know what to do with feelings like that since those experiences were so much more intense than my daily life here. Having a close group that I could process that stuff with and share how we each experienced things made a HUGE difference in my time there.
I loved the Open Heart activities (yoga, meditation, reflection, etc.) – they helped me feel more present & connected. I was able to experience Africa on a deeper, more meaningful level. From day 1 our group really opened up to one another and experienced a heartfelt connection, which Tom was instrumental in initiating. So many times on the trip I thought how grateful I was to be with this group and that I wouldn't want it any other way.
The itinerary was a great mix of spending time with spectacular wildlife in beautiful national parks, and then spending time with local people in various settings. The food & the lodging were both over & above what I expected.
Tom and Laura did a wonderful job leading the group. Tom is incredibly knowledgeable about Africa and the animals we saw (and the guides in the national parks were exceptional too). Laura did a great job leading the group in yoga & expressive movement sessions, which really made a difference in feeling embodied in the experience. The two of them make a great team.
This really is a once in a lifetime experience, and I really think going with Open Heart Safari is the best way to do it.

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