Ten Minutes to Live

Our local guide “Galaxy” pulled us aside right before venturing out on our hike to give us the two minute survival brief. He explained that if charged by a rhino, elephant or hippo, you have to run as fast as you can in a zig zagging pattern and then up a tree. At this point I was wondering what I had gotten myself into.

He made it very clear that he was not kidding, and then went on to explain the true killer of the Okavango Delta. The Black Mamba has the most deadly bite in this area. If bitten you have ten minutes to make your last blog post or Blackberry BBM message. He assured us that if bitten by a Puff Adder, we had 24 hours to get to a hospital (or Internet Cafe).

After the survival brief we ventured out into the lush green grassland to see elephants, storks, hippos and many other animals in their natural surroundings. The mercury soared to 38 degrees Celsius as we hiked around the huge elephant footprints that looked like bomb craters.

At this point, you realize that you are in the animal’s domain, living by their rules. There are no cages, fences or snack carts. You have a real feeling of danger and you realize that this is nothing like going to the zoo…

Sunset on the Delta

Sunset on the Delta

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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