Wilderness guide Sicelo Mbatha witnessed his cousin being dragged away by a crocodile when he was a child. This should have turned Sicelo against the surrounding wilderness. Instead, he was irresistibly drawn to it. As a volunteer at Imfolozi Nature Reserve, close encounters with buffalo, lion, elephant and other animals taught him to ‘see’ with his heart and thus began a spiritual awakening. In 'Black Lion: Alive in the Wilderness', co-written with environmentalist Bridget Pitt - Sicelo provides a profound account of life as a wilderness spiritual guide. Below is an extract from the book.