Into the Eye of the Storm


In Africa, water is the most precious commodity, except in the wet season which we happen to be right smack in the middle of. In the past two days we have seen what the wet season in Africa truly means. A sunny scorcher, can turn into a fury of lightning and a flash flood of rain in minutes.

Without a cloud in the sky, I was enjoying a dip in the pool at my camp site. In the distance, I can see clouds forming and a roar of thunder silences everyone in the pool. Luckily this storm passes by us in the distance, but two days ago we were not so lucky.

As I closed my eyes to go to sleep I could feel the thunder shaking the ground beneath the tent. Looking up through the mesh window all I could see was the starry night sky, so I went to sleep. A short while later I am awakened by a slight spray of water. The sky had turned from clear to menacing in a very short time and I realized that I didn’t have long to batten down the hatches. I ran outside, forgetting about Puff Adders and Black Mambas and zipped down all the rain covers on the tent. The second I was back in the tent, the sky unleashed a torrent of rain that I don’t think I have ever seen. The fire was snuffed out in seconds and our dusty camp site turned into a mudslide.

It is times like these you are thankful for Gore-Tex Tents!

700 Year Old Baobab Tree

700 Year Old Baobab Tree


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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