Rewild yourself in the Richtersveld
Click. The torchlight fades and your eyes begin to adjust. No lights, no TV, no mobile phone. Only the dappled glow of the campfire, and a vast ceiling of stars.
Your body feels exhausted, but satisfied. The day’s exertion and exposure to the elements have brought on an immense hunger. With no fridge for instant snacking, a hot meal cooked patiently over the coals will be the evening’s focus, and the day’s reward.
Every sound is unusually clear and intense. The irregular crackle and pop of the flames, wind swooshing past rocks and shrubs, feet crunching on soft sand, a sleeping bag zipping down and up; in the distance, jackals yowling in the darkness. The air is cool; everything is crisp; your senses are alert.
With limited vision and no devices to interrupt or distract, choices are simple: think, talk, listen, cook, eat, sleep. This kind of minimalism and simplicity is a rare luxury. It allows focus. It can bring about your clearest mind, your most meaningful conversations and your most satisfying night’s rest.
Rewilding is the act of returning to a more wild or natural state; it is the process of undoing domestication.1 It’s a conscious step away from the rushed pace of modern madness; a re-immersion in nature; a celebration of our natural selves.
The WWF Desert Challenge is your opportunity to ‘rewild’ yourself; to experience what is natural, that which we seem to have moved so far away from in our modern lives. To simplify. To throw the bare minimum into a bag and get out there, on a rugged adventure through one of the oldest and most remote wilderness areas in Africa. To be humbled by the wide open spaces; to embrace dirt and discomfort. To appreciate what is pristine.
You’ll feel small, you’ll feel pushed to the limits of your comfort zone – but most importantly, you’ll feel alive. Because you’re not seeing it on TV, from the plane, or out of the car window; you’re finding a raw and personal connection with nature – and those legs are having to work for it.