It’s been an epic few days living the life of a Black Mamba.
This night patrol was beyond exciting! I wasn’t sure what to expect and what I would see. It didn’t disappoint. There were two black mambas, Leytah and Belinda, Charlie and myself. Our vehicle, known as “Dave” had two seats in the cab and two elevated seats on the back. Leytah and I sat on the back, in the open air.
I’m excited to be joining the G Mambas for a day and a night at their picket, to join them on their night patrol and their morning patrol tomorrow. I feel privileged to be invited into their ‘home’ and have the opportunity to immerse myself into their daily life and routine.
A statuesque woman pointed at the jeep door and said ‘enter’. I entered. Then she climbed in, sat down, leaving me firmly sandwiched between two mambas. I sat there quietly.
In the next breath, I was telling them how passionate I was about the work they do and how I think they do a fantastic job.
I am super excited to be accompanying the Black Mambas on their night patrol this evening. I have no expectations as yet as who knows what’s in store! I’m guessing a lot of time they don’t know either given the unexpected and quickly changeable nature of their work.
It was a huge privilege to be invited to the local hospital where one of the mambas gave birth to a baby boy. The strong ties formed amongst these women is clear to see. They literally trust each other with their lives and the respect, strength and loyalty I witnessed is humbling.
Today I decided to take a day to catch up on emails etc. as my feet haven’t touched the ground since speaking at two conservation and travel conferences in Cape Town over the last two weeks.