The media loves big, exciting, daring adventures and expeditions.
The best weekend of the year has come around again and adventurous folks from all around the country will be descending on the Royal Geographical Society.
A spotlight burst into life, momentarily panning across the far bank, before returning us to darkness. Adolfo slipped the blade of his hand carved hardwood paddle into molasses coloured water, adjusting the course of our dugout canoe with precision developed over a lifetime plying these waters.
On one particularly tiring and long day, the very instant my head hit the pillow (insert: a sandy pair of rather grim trousers) the valley boomed with the rasping bellow of an Arabian Leopard.
Have you ever heard of the 'Big 5'? Supposedly the five African animals most difficult and dangerous to hunt on foot. Unfortunately, it's more a marketing term aimed at tourists than anything else.