Described as a land “so wild even roads seem a luxury ”, Qorokwe remains a mystery as I dig deeper into its soul. I take the opportunity to explore and my mind wonders… it wonders of years gone by and how evolution has carved its personality on this land parched by the African sun through millennia.
Why do I feel lost in a world with no boundaries and why do I continuously wonder what waits around the next corner of Wilderness’ newest partnership in sustainability and luxury travel?
Is it the abundant smell of wild sage that hangs in the air, or is it the rhino bull who dashed in and out of sight as it exploded into an acacia thicket, or perhaps the elephant bulls that glided mystically through the mist during my previous visit?
Whatever it is I can’t place my finger on it, and I ask myself “why the feeling of mystery” and “why the feeling of something watching you from the depths”? All of this flashes through my mind as I sit with a pride of lions cleaning fresh blood from their paws as squadrons of vultures descend on the diminishing remains of a giraffe…?
Could it be that giants once roamed this land, and now their spirits hang in the darkness, keeping a watchful eye on our every move? Could it be that the crocodiles that frequent the channels, and the birds that set a picturesque sunset, are the descendants of ancient inhabitants that once left footprints in the fertile sands of the Gomoti? Perhaps the ancient leadwoods, gnarled and scarred, silently hide the stories! Entrenched deep within their hearts and freed only during the hot autumn fires which reduce them to ash, burying them in the earth before giving way to the new.
I guess I will never know as my research on dinosaurs existing in the Okavango Delta comes up empty-handed, so the mystery of Qorokwe remains unanswered for me (for now)… but until my next visit I shall carry on guessing, yet for what it is today I cannot fault.
Qorokwe is a prime game-viewing destination that holds untold history which shall now be conserved in our blueprint of Purpose and Sustainable Luxury!
Written and Photographed by Deon de Villiers