Oct 26

Matunkha Desktop Calendar November

Elephant are remarkable animals, I think most people will agree. You don’t experience that very well in a zoo and our visitors often respond on our suggestion to see them in Vwaza: “we have already seen elephants”. Once in Vwaza, because we always persuade them to go anyway, their assumption appears to be wrong. Elephants in the wild are fascinating and also a bit frightening animals. The latter not because they are aggressive, but mainly because in Vwaza your are just amongst them: there is no protection between visitors and animals. Suddenly people feel vulnerable.

That vulnerability we also experience at the Nyika Plateau. 2.300 meter above sea level. Silence and clear skies. No light-, air or noise-pollution. You just gaze into the skies. A human being is soo tiny. Much smaller than most people realize. Writers in the Bible also experienced that and especially the Psalm-poets wrote beautifully about it. I like Psalm 8 so much:

“I often think of the heavens your hands have made,
and of the moon and stars you put in place.
Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans?
Why are you concerned for us weaklings?”