Although your partner will always have centre stage, your role as leader of the back-up team is essential to the success of the hunting operation—you are the heart and soul of the safari company!
Do not expect to be “the lady of the manor” or “Madame” in camp.
Do expect to be: Chief cook and bottle washer Housekeeper Bartender and sommelier Chauffeur Administrator, accountant and booking agent Gardener, florist, electrician, plumber, sanitation expert, water supply engineer and general handyman First-aid specialist and psychologist Chief purchasing agent Social director Personal shopper for your clients Goodwill ambassador for your country Charming and hospitable at all times, even when exhausted or under extreme stress. And, often, a single parent.
You must be the boss in camp, but with a light touch that doesn’t offend or threaten all those macho, mine-is-bigger-than-yours guys.
If you are perfectly comfortable with your femininity, you should be woman enough to thrive in a testosterone-driven world where SIZE REALLY DOES COUNT!
You will be sharing your life with a man who lives his passion through his career and who, to quote Joof, “lives life dancing to the rhythm of his own heartbeat.” That has its merits! You will also meet some of the most interesting people on earth and travel the world to market your safari company. This is a lifestyle, not just a job.
Most of us ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
By Marina Lamprecht, Hunters Namibia Safaris (firstname.lastname@example.org)