The writer, jazz musician, and academic Jay Keyser is not exactly an intrepid traveller. In fact, he has a hard time leaving the comfort and security of his house in the morning.
So it comes as no surprise that an African safari is his nightmare vacation. The very idea of it – the vaccinations, the unfamiliar foreign country, the fraternising with hippos and lions – terrifies him. And yet he’s gone on three such expeditions and survived to tell the tale.
He feels overwhelmed every minute of his time in the game parks and spends his days writing a diary as a form of escape. When people ask him whether he’s enjoying himself, he says “I won’t know until I go home and read my journals.”
Despite his deep ambivalence about the elephants, giraffes, and impala, Kaiser delights in sketching his fearless companions – mostly women – having such a grand time.
We’re going on an Accidental Safari in this hour of The Connection with Gaby Whitehouse, who runs her own safari group and Jay Keyser, writer and reluctant traveller.
(Hosted by Bob Oakes)
Gaby Whitehouse, who runs her own safari group and Jay Keyser, writer and reluctant traveller.