by Matthew Sterne
on April 7, 2017
3 min read

1. You look for tracks in the ground and markings on the trees when you go for a walk in your local park.

Photo: Marataba Trails Lodge

Photo: Marataba Trails Lodge

2. You don’t look at house cats the same way. I mean, they’re like tiny leopards, right?Leopard cat

3. David Attenborough has now made it onto your list of the three people you’d most like to have dinner with.David Attenborough close-up

4. On the topic of dinner, welcoming guests with a song seems completely natural.greeting song in botswana

5. You prefer your meat cooked on an open flame.

a waterside fire and sunset view

Photo credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

6. For some reason, you want to call your mother and thank her for everything.hyena with cubs

7. You don’t ask questions like this…Mean girls Africa quote

8. Niagara Falls just doesn’t look that big anymore.Rainbow in front of Victoria Falls

9. Neither do the trees in your street.baobab with vultures
10. And your treehouse just isn’t up to scratch anymore either.

View of Tinyeleti Treehouse in the day

Image Credit: Lion Sands

11. Your preferred sundowner is now a gin and tonic and your preferred coffee has Amarula in it.Sundowners in the Serengeti

12. When things get stressful at work, you simply smile and say, “Hakuna Matata.” Before you can explain, Steve from Accounting says bitterly, “Don’t worry, we know what it means.”hakuna matata
13. When someone describes their new car as powerful you laugh and ask, “But can it uproot a tree or throw a buffalo over its head?”


Photo credit: Kim Maurer

14. Stargazing has replaced the television as your favourite source of entertainment. silhouette tree with stars
15. You’re less likely to turn to Google for an immediate answer and prefer to ponder the question now.leopard relaxing in a tree

16. Your social media activity has slowed like an old buffalo in mud, but when you do go on Instagram your feed is flooded with wildlife images. And you love it.

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17. You now have a thing for leopard print.

leopard cub learns to crawl up a tree

Photo Credit: Lauren Coape-Arnold

18. Your old pool float just ain’t gonna cut it anymore.Line of mokoros in Okavango Delta

19. Now when you dream of flying, it’s more bird than Superman.

African fish eagle in flight

Photo credit: Sabi Sabi

20. You can’t stop watching National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.majestic cheetah on rock contemplating life
21. Stopping everything you’re doing to take the time to appreciate a sunset is normal. Couple sundowners in the desert
22. When someone describes somewhere local you’re going as wild you simply shake your head and whisper, “You have no idea…”

pride of lions hunt in water

Photo credit: Duba Plains

23. You’re more likely to correct someone when they say, “South Africa and West Africa, they are both great countries.” (Authentic Paris Hilton quote)Paris Hilton quote
24. Every time you see a movie set in Africa, you say to anyone who can hear, with a toss of the head and a smile, “Been there…”tree silhouette sun through clouds
25. You know lions don’t walk the streets, not everyone lives in a hut and there are more amazing things to see and do in Africa than there are blades of grass in the Serengeti.Aerial View of Mauritius
26. You’ve eagerly read through this list and grinned smugly every time a point applied to you.Orphan African Portrait Black Child Africa
27. You’re ready to go back…hot air balloon above Africa