Fab day out taking a break in Africa … right here in Suffolk

We all need a break now and then don’t we? While we dream of our summer holidays to some exotic location, all too often we ignore what’s right on our doorstep.Longing for a lost love: Chimpanzee at Africa Alive

I am a passionate wildlife lover. My dream vacation? I yearn to go out on safari of course and see apes, tigers, elephants and more out in their natural habitat. As a photographer my hope is to one day capture their beauty in all its natural glory.

I live in the rural countryside of East Anglia. I am blessed. We have a bounty of beautiful animals and wildlife here … deer, hares, birds of all variety, horses galore, and farm animals of all kinds from cows and sheep to lamas.

No lions roaring though. No monkeys playing. No cheeky yellow mongoose to make us smile or lemurs jumping through the trees. No giraffes strolling elegantly. No elephants roaming. No ….

Or so I thought. I was wrong. A friend introduced me to the delights of Africa Alive this week. Run by the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), Africa Alive is located just off the A12 at Kessingland, near Lowestoft. It is the sister park to Banham Zoo (also in my neck of the woods here in East Anglia).

Yes, it can be tough seeing these wonderful creatures in enclosures, but the conservation work funded by ZSEA is invaluable. Ditto for the education work the folks at ZSEA do. And that goes for many others such as the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) which runs London Zoo and Whipsnade – see some cracking photos from London Zoo here.

Yellow Mongoose: they know how to Rage With A Smile!

I had the most wonderful relaxing day roaming around Africa Alive meeting the wildlife, such as these cute Yellow Mongoose and the gorgeous Chimpanzee above.

It only served to enhance my passion for conservation and my love of wildlife even more. I recharged my batteries and I got some great photos – I will be posting more photos from my day at Africa Alive on my Rage With A Smile Photography website soon.

I can’t wait to visit Banham Zoo next (I got a ZSEA season ticket so I can visit both zoos anytime I want in the next year – price was great).

I still plan to go on safari at some point, but for now I can get my wildlife fix right here on my doorstep. And I’m betting so can you.

Zoos run by the likes of ZSEA and ZSL do vital work to help save animals all over the globe. By supporting them you help. Plus you have a great day out.

So why don’t you start planning your travel plans by looking for things to do right on your doorstep. You’ll be amazed at what you might find.

Enjoy x

PS. Zoos aren’t just for children! I’m 44 years old and I loved my trip to Africa Alive with my friend of a similar age – no children just us. Zoos are open all year round so if you don’t want to go with kids, go without them when they and their little counterparts are safely at school! You won’t regret it — a truly fabulous day out indeed.



About Gail Shameza Rajgor

Gail Rajgor is a business journalist and editor specialising in global energy and environment issues. Her current clients include Energy Demand (Editor) and Renewable Energy Focus (Editorial Consultant and Renewables Analyst). With a career spanning the last 20 years, previous positions include Managing Editor of Renewable Energy Focus and Senior Editor of Windpower Monthly, while her freelance clients have included Renews, PV Insider, Wind Energy Update, and Tidal Today alongside general business magazines including Risk Specialist and Director. She has also produced her own magazine, Sustainable Energy Developments, in the past. Today, in addition to her freelance editorial roles, Gail is also a professional photographer running her own company Rage With A Smile Photography.
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2 Responses to Fab day out taking a break in Africa … right here in Suffolk

  1. Anne-Marie Howe says:

    Dear Friend,
    Thank you for this eye opener. So true, you do not have to travel thousands of miles to find the beauty in nature.. It is just outside our door.
    I am just about to publish the Spring issue of The Sindal Report, including an article on our South Africa adventure.. May I have your permission to add a link to this wonderful article?
    One day, I shall stop by Suffolk and together with you and your camera enjoy Africa.
    I wish you a wonderful weekend,
    As always your friend in SoCal,

    • Thanks Anne-Marie … one day I’d rather do a trip to South Africa with you!!x
      Yes by all means link to the blog, that would be great … THANKS x
      You have a good weekend too,

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