Rooted in Nature, Roaming Free.

Empowering a life enriched by adventure, exploration, and authenticity. In the heart of Belize’s lush jungle, Safari Arie commits to sustainable practices that preserve nature’s wonders, cherishing the experiences that define our shared journey. Guided by a passion for the wild and a dedication to conservation. My hope is to inspire others to embrace the extraordinary, respect the environment, and live life fully immersed in every moment.

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My website

Welcome to the Safari Arie website an attempt to document my life and what goes on inside my head at any given moment.

The genesis of this website was to document my bike ride travels from Canada to the bottom of Argentina.  Let’s just say I got about half way down before time caught up with me and I had to abandon that dream to pursue another dream of living in Belize. 

Ideally a website has a single focus to attract a specific target audience, my website does not have a single focus.  Ultimately this website has become a hodge podge of many subjects and themes.

Some of the categories of content that can be found here includes the following:
> My latest endeavor, life coaching
>documentation of my day-to-day life and struggles in the jungles of Belize
Belize flora and fauna that I come across in my day
documentation of my 26,000 km bike ride across Canada, the US and Mexico to my home in Belize
assorted blog posts on bike touring in general
personal journaling of how I interpret my life (a form of therapy) and thoughts about reflection and wisdom
my poetry

Expanding on these categories

Life Coaching

I have been a few years without a job or career. I feel life coaching will be a really good fit for me given my lifestyle experiences and I feel I have something to offer people looking to transition away from a more traditional lifestyle.  There is more to figure out and more to come as I explore this new path.

Life in Belize

My first visit to Belize was in 1997.  I bought a house in the Community Baboon Sanctuary in 2003.  Currently I live in Belize on a 42 acre farm in the village of Scotland Halfmoon.

Belize – Flora and Fauna

On any given day I come across creatures that I have never seen before or creatures that I see on a regular basis. One of two things happens, either my favorite photos get lost in the hundreds of photos I take on a monthly basis or after getting help with identifying an insect (for example) I have forgotten what it is six months later.  This page helps me keep my best photos all together and is an easy reference for my to be able to re-identify an unusual insect that I have found again.

2019 – 2021 Bike Ride

On November 12, 2019 from St. John’s NL, I biked 12,340 km’s across Canada during the 2019-20 Canadian winter and Covid-19. I continued south through the USA biking almost 8,000 km’s along the Pacific Ocean and South West.  Entering Mexico at Mexicali I biked another 6,000 km’s south and across Mexico to Chetumal arriving at my home in Belize November 25, 2021.

Bike and Camping

Biking 26,000 km’s gave me some insight to a few categories about bike touring in general.

Personal Journaling and Reflection

This category is a work in progress and I am not sure what this will look like or where it’s going.  The internal works of my mind is not a pretty sight.  I also like to collect quotes of wisdom and reflection through better questions.  Its my hope to explore that here also.


Most of my poetry is not exactly uplifting.   Read at your own discretion.

Arie H

So ultimately this is a website for better or worse about a guy named Arie Hoogerbrugge.

Who is Arie Hoogerbrugge?   

Arie was born May 18, 1973 and raised middle class in the small town of Grimsby, Ontario Canada with 2 younger brothers.

The following terms in one form or another reflect who Arie is as a person.

Christian, introverted, passionate, alone in the world, risk taker, socially awkward, a thinker, broken inside, adventure seeker, organized, a farmer, lover of beauty, mindful, financially broke, complicated, reptile and amphibian lover, freedom first, unorthodoxed, despises stupidity, podcast lover, accountable, poet, generally misunderstood, tree lover, probably foolish, minimalist, conscious, entrepreneurial, trusts no one, impatient, hard worker, blogger, single, old fashioned, ex-truck driver, cheap Dutchman, stubborn, loyal, serious personality, goal oriented, cyclist, lazy, romantic, fussy eater, photographer, unbalanced lifestyle, neat freak and has many failures and regrets in life.

Thanks for stopping by

Arie Hoogerbrugge

“May your greatest dreams and goals be ahead of you; not behind you.”


***Note – It took me 18 months to get an internet connection in Belize. I am working my fastest to get up to date on my Belize blogs.  I currently about a year behind in posting my daily Belize blog posts.

Safari Arie’s Latest News

Well this is new!

If you are not following me on Social media you probably don't know that on November 17 & 18 I inherited two very malnourished jungle dogs.  Saucy arrived on the 17th out of the jungle and then...

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More Exciting News!!!

I have just released and made Live my new online Print-on-Demand clothing store.  Please check out Safari  

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Exciting News!!!

After 18 months of grief and frustrations I finally have my own internet connection.  You can read about the journey HERE.

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Recent Blogs:

Belize Part 64 (Jan 11 to 17)

Belize Part 64 (Jan 11 to 17)

January 6 Life in the jungle: I woke up in the middle of the night (early morning) and I never fell back to sleep.  This morning I spent the whole morning lying in my hammock with my eyes closed.  I...

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Belize Part 62 (Dec 30 to Jan 5)

Belize Part 62 (Dec 30 to Jan 5)

December 30 Life in the jungle: I started my morning finishing the framing for my screen-enclosed greenhouses.  I wanted to get that job out of the way quickly, as 2x2s warp quickly in the sun.  The...

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Belize Part 61 (Dec 23 to 29)

Belize Part 61 (Dec 23 to 29)

December 23 Life in the jungle: By going to bed early last night, I got an early start this morning.  I had to plant pineapple (tops) at the ponds so I spent my morning chopping at the ponds.  I was...

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Belize Part 60 (Dec 18 to 22)

Belize Part 60 (Dec 18 to 22)

December 18 Life in the jungle: Today is my Sabbath.  I continue reading Walking with God by John Eldredge.  Of course, I also took a nap.  In the afternoon I was thinking about a question I wrote...

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I can’t breathe My chest tightens My heart beats faster Why do I feel so alone inside? This feeling never leaves How am I to know that you are real? Days turn into weeks Weeks turn into years Why do...

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