The current Formula One season is halted for a much-needed summer vacation after a draining halfway into the campaign.
Lewis Hamilton kicked off his summer vacation to Africa, his first trip to Namibia, where the Mercedes driver took part in several adventures in the Southern African country, notably a hot air balloon ride with his closest friends.
The 37-year-old, via an Instagram post, explained his recent trip to Africa has been long-desired and that he finally had the chance to trace his roots. He wrote: “This year, I’m spending my summer break doing something I’ve wanted to do for years.”
“I’m finally tracing my roots through Africa, and guys, to say this journey has been a grounding experience is an understatement.”
After several days in Namibia, he continued his trip across Africa to Rwanda and didn’t hesitate to share his experience with millions of followers on Instagram. He described his experience in the Eastern African countries as ‘speechless’ after being warmly welcomed and sightseeing gorillas in their natural habitats.
In a lengthy caption, despite being on vacation he once again used his platform to raise awareness by advocating for animal rights, his caption on Instagram read: “How does one describe such an experience that leaves you so speechless?”
“My second stop was Rwanda. We were welcomed with smiles and music from the beautiful Rwandan people, we hiked up through beautiful green fields where children would sing to us and up a volcano where we found Gorillas. What a sight it was to see them in their natural habitat, relaxed and protected by the community around them,” he added.
Hamilton’s summer experiences will be handy in his bid to ascend the Formula drivers’ championship standings after streaking of podium finishes before the break. The Formula One season resumes at the end of August.