Testimonials from our Namibian MidLifers

Written by Milly Whitehead on 05 / 12 / 2018

MidLife Mutterings

Sara Koe

"My trip to Namibia will be the platform for the rest of my life. It was vitally important for me to be challenged, tested and taken far away from home. The environment in Namibia is so far removed from the privileged life I lead in England and the enormous personal strain from family illnesses and teenage demands. Namibia was so utterly dramatic in its beauty and so humbling in its simplicity. To be ‘unplugged’ from my life was incredible. It made me respect my health and my sense of purpose. It made me ‘regroup’ amongst nature that is so pure - I felt honoured to be there.

Living in tents and being part of a group was fantastic fun. Getting to know myself in that environment was valuable and liberating. So many fears were dispelled by the whole experience. Trusting in people and nature was an essential tool and seeing the different strengths in new friends was wonderful. I think people at the middle point of their life are losing their sense of adventure and purpose. The main reason is we are all so lucky and there are very few experiences that can remind us how much we have got that wrong.

Ed and Andrea have chosen to be brave and courageous to stand for everything that matters to them. Where this is so inspiring is to watch young people turn against the pressures of today’s society and say it matters to save one species. I was humbled to see such a genuine and delightful couple stand together against a world that shows little respect for nature. I champion everything that you do and I want you to know that it does matter!

Thank you for organising a fantastic trip with love and laughter! Thank you for letting me rest when I needed to and encouraging me to ‘push on’ when it mattered. Thank you for the most fabulous memories and happy times.

Namibia with The Leap is the most rewarding and valuable trip of my life.

Much love

Sara x"

Alice Fisher

“I never planned to go to Namibia - I was planning for my son to go in his gap year. The online photos looked amazing and he was all set to go. When it became clear he sadly couldn’t go and I thought why don’t I go instead?! So I did!

On arrival the trepidation and pre-match nerves soon disappeared and I realised it was the best decision I had ever made. The photos are amazing, but to be there is even better.

Having never had a gap year, been camping, been away without family, been to Africa or known anyone on the trip beforehand I was taking a big Leap into the unknown…..and I LOVED every minute. It was a wonderful and unique experience.

I now miss waking up in camp every morning, chatting and laughing with a very special group of now lifelong friends, being inspired by the amazing Dre and Red, looking at the beautiful stars, trekking to the top of mountains to admire the never ending breathtaking views, and feeling the warmth of the rocks.

It was a great to feel part of the inspiring conversation work that Dre and Red and doing at Oana, and I enjoyed helping with the the cutting down and burning of invasive trees and completing the beautiful moon shaped water hole.

The white water rafting and camping on the side of the Orange River towards the end of the 9 days enhanced what had already become the most phenomenal trip. I feel everyone should now make that Midlife Leap and then truly understand why it is so extraordinary and inspiring…."

Lucy Walsh-Waring

“Although I had been promised true wilderness, it wasn’t until we finally arrived in camp that I properly understood that this was exactly what we were getting. Completely off grid, in beautiful surroundings, we were made incredibly welcome by Red and Dre, who then proceeded to put us to work! What was so extraordinary about the trip was that not only did we feel that what we were doing, along with all the other volunteers, really would make a difference in helping to transform and rewild the landscape in this remote corner of Namibia, but also that by being there as individuals, with no other halves or children to worry about or manage, it was a chance to reflect and to reset. I came home a changed person and cannot recommend the experience highly enough. If you can, just do it!"

Carrie Watson

"Going on The Leap Mid Life was a great decision for me: spending time with a very entertaining and engaging group of people in the amazing and ancient landscape of Namibia on a meaningful adventure has been a wonderful experience. Oana is a very special conservation reserve, and the passion, vision and determination of the camp managers has inspired a long term make-a-difference approach in us all. Although I have left Namibia and am now back in England, the memories of a fantastic and happy community thrown together for a purpose under the African skies will stay with me for ever."

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