PEOPLE OF THE WILDERNESS: BRUCE LAWSON *watch the full video: link in bio
Bruce Lawson has defined the meaning and value of true wilderness for the many, many people who have had the opportunity to walk with him, be guided by him, and learn from him in the bush. His enthusiasm for the natural world, and to totally submerge himself and others in it, is not a passion; it is a belief. Brett met Bruce in 2005 when he was trained under Bruce and mentored by him, forming a steadfast relationship that has led to countless unforgettable experiences on safari. 🐾
For eight years, Bruce was a Director of Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), and was a guide trainer and assessor for Level III field guides training for Specialised Knowledge and Skills (SKS) qualifications in both dangerous game encounters and birding. He wrote the FGASA syllabus for birding, and has in his career seen over 800 bird species in Southern Africa. Recently, Bruce logged his 17 000th hour on trail, and of the 48 000 km he has walked, 35 000 km have been on trail in the wilderness. He has had over 4500 meaningful encounters with the Big Five and has guided in many of Africa’s top Big Five game reserves. Bruce earned a place in the Guinness World Book of Records and was named Captain Morgan Adventurer of the Year when he completed a 12 000 km walk from Cape to Cairo, unsupported by vehicle. This enormous achievement adds to Bruce’s long list of accolades, which also includes being a Parabat for the South African National Defence Force. 🐾
In this edition of People of the Wilderness, Brett chats to Bruce about what he interprets as a way of life. Sitting around a campfire with a handful of close friends and bush lovers, Bruce talked about the importance of every person having a wilderness experience once in their lives, taking the giant leap from everything man-made into the wilderness.
Video by @kevinmaclaughlin
Day 7- thankful for the walking safaris that allow me to take as much time as I want admiring the beauty of nature. I particularly enjoy the Pangani Forest trail with the underwater view of the hippo, the enclosure with the small rodents and amphibians, and, of course, the gorilla area. Have you taken the time to wander the trails at Disney's Animal Kingdom? #thankful#wdw#disney#animalkingdom#panganiforest#gorillafalls#safaritrails#walkingtrails