Hi, my name is David Yekutiel, I am 58 years old and currently live in the countryside near Sint Truiden, Belgium. I have lived a somewhat nomadic life and recently discovered a new (for me) country that totally captured my heart – Tanzania. Among the many things I have done in my life, leading tours to wild places where people can enjoy the wonder of unspoiled nature has been the most satisfying and enjoyable.
The tours I run usually go pretty well ( see the diary posts in this blog) and people think I (or they) are lucky or that maybe I have some special tricks ; The truth is very simple, but a bit hard to explain. Actually, I can’t explain it. I have rewritten this bit again and again and it either sounds like some mystical mumbo-jumbo or that I am bragging. Lets just say it’s about giving priority to the experience over the program, and being flexible and caring for the people on the tour (all of them!) and leave it at that. And then magic does happen, all by itself. If this doesn’t make any sense to you, just forget it. Read the blog posts and you will get some idea of how it is to be on tour in Tanzania with me and my friend Modest.
I don’t want to bore you with a lengthy account of places I’ve been and things I have done – if you come to Tanzania with me we can swap stories in the balmy African night round a camp fire or in a Hotel bar. I’ll just add (in case you wonder) that I am a fairly keen bird-watcher, have a degree in Zoology, have been (besides a guide and zoologist) a cook, permaculture designer, gardener and (briefly,long ago and not very successfully) a bicycle salesman.
I love birds and animals and over the years I have learned to get on quite well with people – some of my best friends are human beings. I am saddened by what we are doing to our beautiful planet, and admire those who are struggling to change things for the better. I believe that intimate contact with nature, animals, trees, wild places and people can inspire us to treat each other, ourselves and our planet more lovingly – perhaps facilitating this contact is what I can do.
I have never constructed a website before (I am sure it shows!) – thanks to the fantastic free website The Blog Builders and some very helpful tips from Court Tuttle (who seems to run it) I have managed to get this far. Many thanks to Dirk Jennes and Hilde Albert who kindly shared their beautiful photos from our trip in Tanzania.