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“The minute I got here, I knew it was the right decision for me. I was in exactly the right place,” Felix says emphatically. Here I have learnt minimalism and how little one needs to live, and how to work with people as a team because you are with others 24/7.”

Felix says he knows he will return to Germany to study Engineering once he completes the Field Guide course, but he will return to Africa as soon as possible.

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Jule Friehs – Photograph © Vinicio Herrera

“The ‘lion is staring’ feeling you can only get from a lion staring at you, nothing else,” he explains. “I can’t get rid of the bush now; it’s in me. The freedom I feel while in the bush is something I have never felt before, only here in Africa. I have never experienced this sense of freedom before, seeing how everything is connected and understanding more about how things work. Having this new knowledge is fun, and I always feel present.”

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Felix relates an up close and personal encounter with a giraffe that touched him deeply.

“I was emotional for hours. I just cried. Truly, I feel completely alive and free here. It was an excellent decision to come.”

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About the Author: 

Keri Harvey is a Travel Writer and Photographer.

For Keri, travel is life, like breathing. She is a modern-day nomad from her home in the Cape to Cairo, Abidjan to Zanzibar, into the Middle East, Europe and Asia. With about 50 countries visited date, her stories are told on blogs and websites and in over 3 000 magazine feature articles spanning over 20 years.

Previously an award-winning editor on various South African lifestyle, travel and wildlife publications, Keri has worked freelance since 2001 and published articles in over 100 magazine titles. Every day, Keri wakes up to write or to travel, and her greatest wish is to inspire people through her stories to pack their bags and allow the travel bug to bite.

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