Out here, if you’re not fast… you’re food.


I normally consider myself to be a morning person, until this leg of the expedition. We are up every morning before dawn to get the best sightings of wildlife. I have spent the last three days on game drives through Etosha National Park and it has been worth every 4:30 am rise.

After a quick breakfast, we are off in the safari vehicle and the sun has barely broken the horizon. Giraffe and Zebra are here in big numbers. It is actually difficult to take a bad photograph! We also had two sightings of male Lions and a trio of Rhinos crossed right in front of the vehicle. Vultures feasted on a recent kill among the many skeletons of the featured menu items lying beside the dirt road. Seeing all of this exotic wildlife was remarkable but surprisingly it was not the best part. What is even more surprising is that the highlight of Etosha was not even visual. I was woken up in the middle of the night to the sounds of Lions roaring and Hyenas cackling. They sounded like they were right outside my tent! That is something you never forget.

After countless hours of watching wildlife documentaries throughout my life, I am actually living in the middle of one.

Zebras having a drink at Etosha

Zebras having a drink at Etosha


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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