27 Signs That You’ve Been to Africa

By Matthew Sterne, Rhino Africa

1. You look for tracks in the ground and markings on the trees when you go for a walk in your local park.

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Photo: Marataba Trails Lodge

2. You don’t look at house cats the same way. I mean, they’re like tiny leopards, right?

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3. David Attenborough has now made it onto your list of the three people you’d most like to have dinner with.

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4. On the topic of dinner, welcoming guests with a song seems completely natural.

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5. You prefer your meat cooked on an open flame.

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Photo credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

6. For some reason, you want to call your mother and thank her for everything.

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7. You don’t ask questions like this…

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8. Niagara Falls just doesn’t look that big anymore.

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9. Neither do the trees in your street.

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10. And your treehouse just isn’t up to scratch anymore either.

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Image Credit: Lion Sands

11. Your preferred sundowner is now a gin and tonic and your preferred coffee has Amarula in it.

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12. When things get stressful at work, you simply smile and say, “Hakuna Matata”. Before you can explain, Steve from Accounting says bitterly, “Don’t worry, we know what it means.”

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13. When someone describes their new car as powerful you laugh and ask, “But can it uproot a tree or throw a buffalo over its head?”

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Photo credit: Kim Maurer

14. Stargazing has replaced the television as your favourite source of entertainment.

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15. You’re less likely to turn to Google for an immediate answer and prefer to ponder the question now.

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16. Your social media activity has slowed like an old buffalo in mud, but when you do go on Instagram your feed is flooded with wildlife images. And you love it.

17. You now have a thing for leopard print.

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Photo Credit: Lauren Coape-Arnold

18. Your old pool float just ain’t gonna cut it anymore.

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19. Now when you dream of flying, it’s more bird than Superman.

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Photo credit: Sabi Sabi

20. You can’t stop watching National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

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21. Stopping everything you’re doing to take the time to appreciate a sunset is normal.

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22. When someone describes somewhere local you’re going as wild you simply shake your head and whisper, “You have no idea…”

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Photo credit: Duba Plains

23. You’re more likely to correct someone when they say, “South Africa and West Africa, they are both great countries.” (Authentic Paris Hilton quote)

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24. Every time you see a movie set in Africa, you say to anyone who can hear, with a toss of the head and a smile, “Been there…”

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25. You know lions don’t walk the streets, not everyone lives in a hut and there are more amazing things to see and do in Africa than there are blades of grass in the Serengeti.

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26. You’ve eagerly read through this list and grinned smugly every time a point applied to you.

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27. You’re ready to go back…

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This post, by Matthew Sterne first appeared on Rhino Africa – blog.rhinoafrica.com – and is republished on SAPeople.com with kind permission.