The Incredible Adventure of My Wilderness Cap

By Bronwyn Lambrecht

In the midst of my journey through the untamed wilderness, a remarkable tale unfolded. A story I fondly refer to as ‘The incredible adventure of my Wilderness cap’.

As a proud member of the Wilderness team, I found myself immersed in the company’s exciting rebranding process. I was thrilled to receive a cap adorned with our brand-new logo, a symbol of our collective ambition and spirit. Little did I know that this cap would become the protagonist of an extraordinary escapade.

In a stroke of good fortune, I was honoured with the title of best dressed in a December competition, earning myself a trip to the awe-inspiring land of Botswana. Overwhelmed with excitement, my husband and I set off for this magnificent destination, eager to explore its treasures first-hand. It was an opportunity to connect with nature and embrace the unknown, all while proudly donning my cherished Wilderness cap.

We found ourselves nestled within the enchanting Wilderness Vumbura South, a sanctuary of luxury surrounded by the untamed beauty of the Botswana wilderness. Here, our senses were indulged with delectable cuisine, and our every need was catered to with the utmost care. The campfire stories and local delicacies enriched our experience, forging memories that would last a lifetime. In this magical setting, I truly understood the essence of being a part of the Wilderness family.

As our departure drew near, a day filled with adventure awaited us. Little did I know that this day would become a turning point in the story of my Wilderness cap…

On our way to the mokoro excursion, our vehicle’s radio crackled to life with the voice of our guide, G. The radio informed us that a pride of majestic lions was on the prowl, seeking their evening feast. My heart skipped a beat as I realised the proximity of these fierce predators to a group of warthogs we had encountered earlier. Nature’s unyielding law was about to unfold before my very eyes.

With unwavering determination, G seized the moment, determined to make our final hours in Botswana extraordinary. We raced towards the location where five lionesses lay in wait, their eyes fixed on their unsuspecting prey. Their co-ordinated movements and intent gazes foretold the imminent chase. G, unfazed by the impending thrill, skilfully navigated our vehicle, evading any obstacles that dared to challenge our pursuit.

Amidst the adrenaline-fueled race, I clung onto my Wilderness cap, ducking under branches and immersing myself in the thrill of the moment. It was a wild ride, an adventure unlike any other I had experienced. And in the midst of the exhilaration, my beloved cap slipped from my grasp, carried away by the wind as a testament to the untamed spirit of the wilderness.

While a pang of disappointment tugged at my heart, I accepted that my cap had become an offering to the wild expanse. Yet, G, embodying the spirit of Wilderness, refused to let my tale end on a sombre note. He reached out to his fellow rangers, describing the cap with unrelenting determination. Hope flickered within me, though I had already resigned myself to its loss.

As we embarked on the tranquil mokoro journey, surrounded by the harmonious whispers of nature, I couldn’t help but marvel at the wonders of Botswana. The landscape seemed to hold secrets of its own, perhaps even harbouring the fate of my lost cap.

Returning to camp, anticipation mingled with the memories of our adventure. And then, like a scene from a fantastical tale, G appeared before me, his smile as radiant as the African sun. In his hands, he held my Wilderness cap—a symbol of resilience and unwavering dedication.

I was overcome with gratitude, appreciating the lengths to which Wilderness would go for its clients and staff. This incredible adventure has not only gifted me with lifelong memories but also exemplifies the spirit of unity and commitment that defines our journey together.

Today, as I share the story of my extraordinary encounter in Botswana, my Wilderness cap serves as a reminder of the indomitable spirit that lies within us all. It is a testament to the magic of the untamed wilderness and the incredible adventures that await those who dare to embrace them.