Investigate your learning question using the wisdom of nature at Kruger Park

A personal and completely customized search based on a learning question in and around Kruger National Park. For a group of 1-3 people who love nature, peace, growth and challenge. Work is done under the guidance of an experienced Dutch-speaking coach.

 

The best period for your journey of discovery

It is winter in South Africa between the end of May and the beginning of October. There is hardly any rain, the sun shines frequently, the temperature is between 20 and 30 degrees, there is little leaf on the bushes and the grass is flattened, so you can observe many animals well. Ideal to do a journey of discovery together with me and the nature around you where your learning question is central.

 

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is the mother of all nature reserves and is located in the northeast of South Africa. It is one of the best places on the African continent to spot wildlife, see a wide variety of birds and enjoy a diversity of landscapes. Join me on a tailor-made journey of discovery!

An unforgettable voyage of discovery

Come to South Africa with me prepared with a question, and let yourself be surprised by the wisdom of the nature of Kruger National Park and its surroundings. Listen to your inner voice,  and marvel at what can arise when you are connected to what nature has to offer. Picture it: an array of wild animals and birds scattered across a stunningly beautiful and natural landscape. Large herds of buffalo, zebra and impala mingling with smaller family groups of giraffes and solitary elephants to feed in the vast savanna or bush land. Early in the morning, you might spot a pack of lions, a clan of hyenas, a leopard lying on a rock, or a herd of elephants taking a mud bath among which baby elephants, playfully teasing each other and making trumpeting sounds with their trunks to scare off other animals. And if you’re really lucky, you witness a pack of hunting wild dogs or a flock of beautifully coloured birds in flight. This visual spectacle is set against a backdrop of golden sunrises, deep red evening skies and spectacular starry nights. At all times you feel embraced by the space around you and the silence of the bush.

I am deeply moved every time I return to Kruger National Park and feel a sense of profound connection and belonging to this environment and immensely grateful to be a part of this. Nature offers endless possibilities to work with metaphors and symbols, and it does not judge or hold expectations, which makes it the ultimate surrounding for gaining new perspectives and insights. Almost effortlessly, the answers to your questions occur naturally.

Feeling a connectedness with this gorgeous environment is what I would like to share with you, taking time to absorb these surroundings and truly experience being immersed in something larger than oneself. Let yourself be amazed by what literally might cross your path. Find inner peace in exploring your own thoughts and knowing that nature is where you can truly be yourself. Together, we will venture on an impressive and unforgettable journey: me as your guide and coach, and you with an unquenchable thirst for discovering what wants to happen, using the wonders of Kruger National Park and the space it offers for moments of silence and reflection. This journey we will be on together, is called the Elephant program.

Why choose Bed and Beast and the Elephant program?

You get acquainted with the impressive wildlife parks in the north of South Africa at your own pace, emphasizing a deeper connection and awareness of the value of nature in a broad sense.
You form your own travel party of 1 to 3 people who love nature, landscapes and stillness, and are willing to team up and explore what can and needs to be discovered. Thereby staying in discovery, using the the ever-expanding field of awareness, which will open the door to your greatest potential and that of the situation, the project, or the organisation you are working in.
You forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life and find time to connect with yourself and your aspirations instead of the Internet. A conversation that takes place in the open, offers space for moments of silence and reflection. This natural so called third space holds much unspoken wisdom to come forth!
You receive personalized service in your own language, exclusively and fully tailored to your own wishes. The minimum period of the program is 5 days (ex-traveling), and it can be extended to a maximum of 2 weeks. According to personal needs long-term support can be offered.
We take care of all arrangements for you: Bed (Accommodation) and Beast (Transport and Tour Guide)!
You benefit from an experienced guide that leads you safely into Kruger Park and surrounding areas, and who will be your private driver and contact point during the entire trip. For wilderness trails, bush walks, and night drives in Kruger Park, and for game drives and walks in other wildlife parks, Bed and Beast hires certified South-African rangers for you.
You are accompanied by a private guide with a passion for photography (and wants to help you to improve your photographic skills) who understands that wildlife and all that flourishes and grows in the wilderness – not solely the ‘Big 5′ – is worthy of attention and respect.
The Elephant program uses simple, practical, and impactful approaches and tools that can serve you no matter what your question, project or challenge may be. The underlying foundation for the program is the work of Alan Seale, called Transformational Presence. All the time and in a collaborative process with nature you will be invited to focus on the opportunities, choices and potential of the situation/question, sensing the role that is asked from you, determining your next steps.

Planning Your safari trip

An unforgettable safari starts with a customised inventory of your needs and wishes to ensure a truly personalised experience.

About me

I have been coming to Kruger National Park every year for usually a period of three weeks since 1995. Sometimes I would stay in the Southern part of the Park, sometimes in the North, and at other times I would travel across the entire park. Over the years I have come to know every road inside that park like the back of my hand. My experience extends to developing skills on how to safely encounter wildlife and what to pay attention to in a specific area of the park.

My passion for wildlife had made me sign up for an introductory course in 1995 at the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). Furthermore I attended several conferences on wildlife in the Park itself, and went on a number of so-called wilderness-trails with skilled rangers.  Whenever I am in the bush, my fascination with animal behaviour leads to blissfully long observing sessions of the animals.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is considered the mother of all natural wildlife and game reserves. Its rich flora and fauna have been protected since 1898. The park is situated in the northeast of South Africa.