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:

– 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 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

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 – After having no internet connection for 18 months I finally have internet. I am working my fastest to get up to date on my blogs.  That being said I am currently over a year behind in posting my daily Belize blog posts.

Safari Arie’s Latest News

My Mexico Route is Complete!!!

Over the last 160 days from June 9 to November 15, 2020 I biked 6,020 kms through Mexico from Mexicali to Chetumal. I am currently in Chetulmal for the next week getting 100% caught up on all my...

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Recent Blogs:

Belize Part 33 (July 3 to 9)

Belize Part 33 (July 3 to 9)

July 3 Life in the jungle: It's Sunday so it wasn't my most productive day.  With a late start to my day, I retrieved some more 1/2" PVC pipe that had previously been laid and buried out towards the...

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Titan Beetle

Titan Beetle

Wikipedia page - I only ever found of these guys. Click on image to enlarge More Belizean Creatures Pepper Tree Frog...

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Belize Part 32 (June 27 to July 2)

Belize Part 32 (June 27 to July 2)

Of note, last week I finally started building my greenhouse. June 27 Life in the jungle: I had a much better sleep last night.  Orlando and Joseph showed up this morning.  No concrete work today. ...

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Belize Part 31 (June 21 to 26)

Belize Part 31 (June 21 to 26)

June 21 Life in the jungle: I slept okay last night but at 6 AM I woke up with a horrible cough.  So bad I got up and took a walk around the yard and went back to my hammock and fell asleep until 11...

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Belize Part 30 (June 13 to 20)

Belize Part 30 (June 13 to 20)

June 13 Life in the jungle: It rained all morning.  My allergies were at their worst and my cough was bad.  It took some Jack ass bitters that I had picked last week.  Last week Verna Mae showed me...

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My confession

My confession

I fall to my knees I look away in shame I bury my face in my dirty hands Darkness rolls in The rain drops begin to splatter upon the earth Lightning streaks across the sky I confess, I confess, I...

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