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Lewis Hamilton shares snaps from his travels to Africa amid poignant journey to ‘trace his roots’

He has been spending the Formula One summer break ‘tracing his roots’. 

And on Wednesday, Lewis Hamilton shared a selection of stunning snaps and videos of his recent travels in Africa as he remarked that ‘I’m not the same man I was before this trip.’

In a inspiring post reflecting on his poignant journey to ‘connect to his history’ on the continent, the racing driver, 37, remarked that he could ‘feel my ancestors with me now stronger than I ever have before.’

Journey: on Wednesday, Lewis Hamilton shared a selection of stunning snaps and videos of his recent travels in Africa as he remarked that ‘I’m not the same man I was before this trip’

Among the images shared to his Instagram, Lewis was seen standing high up on a mountain, with a breathtaking mountainous landscape seen behind him.

The star, dressed in a khaki ensemble with a bucket hat, perched his leg on a rock as he looked into the distance and took in the view.

Other images amid his visits to Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania saw him interacting with local villagers, with Lewis seen beaming and spreading his hands out towards the camera.

Emotive: In a inspiring post reflecting on his poignant journey to 'connect to his history' on the continent, the racing driver, 37, remarked that he could 'feel my ancestors with me now stronger than I ever have before'

Emotive: In a inspiring post reflecting on his poignant journey to ‘connect to his history’ on the continent, the racing driver, 37, remarked that he could ‘feel my ancestors with me now stronger than I ever have before’

Further snaps saw him chatting to children in their homes, while the sportsman was also seen checking out elephants in their natural habitat.

In the most recent leg of his journey, Lewis also spent time with the Pokot people in Kenya, with a video shared by the star showing them up close as he filmed them sitting together in their village.

Lewis also was also seen diving into the sea and taking a moment for himself in the beautiful setting.

Nice to see you all: Further snaps saw him chatting to children in their homes

Nice to see you all: Further snaps saw him chatting to children in their homes

What beauty: While the sportsman was also seen checking out elephants in their natural habitat.

What beauty: While the sportsman was also seen checking out elephants in their natural habitat.

Taking a breather: Lewis looked in a reflective mood as he took as quiet moment to himself in one image

Taking a breather: Lewis looked in a reflective mood as he took as quiet moment to himself in one image

While anther video sees the racer, his pals and some guides dancing along to Bob Marley’s track Is This Love? during a hike together.

On his stories, he also spoke further about the Pokot people and told how he has a deeper understanding of where he came from, adding that he was grateful for the experience.

Other images saw him checking out the villagers’ clothes and having a close encounter with an ape, before concluding his posts with a stunning image alongside the word ‘Motherland’.  

Making a splash: Lewis also was also seen diving into the sea and taking a moment for himself in the beautiful setting

Making a splash: Lewis also was also seen diving into the sea and taking a moment for himself in the beautiful setting

Loving life: While anther video sees the racer, his pals and some guides dancing along to Bob Marley's track Is This Love? during a hike together

Showing their moves: Lewis' pals were all smiles as they danced to the Reggae song

Loving life: While anther video sees the racer, his pals and some guides dancing along to Bob Marley’s track Is This Love? during a hike together

Showing them how it's done: The guides were full of smiles and rhythm as they dances to Bob Marley

Showing them how it’s done: The guides were full of smiles and rhythm as they dances to Bob Marley 

Close: In the most recent leg of his journey, Lewis also spent time with the Pokot people in Kenya, with a video shared by the star showing them up close as he filmed them sitting together in their village

Close: In the most recent leg of his journey, Lewis also spent time with the Pokot people in Kenya, with a video shared by the star showing them up close as he filmed them sitting together in their village

Taking to the caption, Lewis reflected on his two week trip and noted that he’s a changed man because of it, remarking that he’d connected to his roots before thanking everyone for their welcome.  

He penned: ‘These past two weeks have been some of the best days of my entire life. I’m not the same man I was before this trip, all the beauty, love, and peacefulness I experienced has me feeling fully transformed. 

‘No amount of photos could capture how I’m feeling now and what I’m trying to say. Just know, where words fall short emotions run deep.

Experience: He told how he has a deeper understanding of where he came from, adding that he was grateful for the experience

Experience: He told how he has a deeper understanding of where he came from, adding that he was grateful for the experience

Lovely to see: Other images saw him checking out the villagers' clothes

Lovely to see: Other images saw him checking out the villagers’ clothes

Wow: Lewis donned neutral  clothes and a face mask  while having a close encounter with an ape

Wow: Lewis donned neutral  clothes and a face mask  while having a close encounter with an ape

‘I connected with my roots and my history and I feel my ancestors with me now stronger than I ever have before. Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania thank you. To the people here, the nature and the wildlife thank you. 

‘We were welcomed to each beautiful place we visited. We were treated like family. 

‘To my brothers who joined me on this journey, thank you. I know we’ll be talking about this forever.’

Breathtaking: Lewis concluded his posts with a stunning scenic image alongside the word 'Motherland'

Breathtaking: Lewis concluded his posts with a stunning scenic image alongside the word ‘Motherland’

Moving: Taking to the caption, Lewis reflected on his two week trip and noted that he's a changed man because of it, remarking that he'd connected to his roots before thanking everyone for their welcome

Moving: Taking to the caption, Lewis reflected on his two week trip and noted that he’s a changed man because of it, remarking that he’d connected to his roots before thanking everyone for their welcome

On Tuesday, Lewis took to Instagram to share stunning photographs from his time spent with the Pokot people in Kenya, and couldn’t hide his delight. 

The Mercedes racer was dressed in a long sleeve khaki shirt and matching cargo shorts, both which featured statement front pockets, and wore a fisherman hat.

Lewis happily danced around with one woman wearing a traditional colorful necklace, beaded headgear, brass jewelry and big loop type earrings. 

'We are all family!' On Tuesday, Lewis took to Instagram to share stunning photographs from his time spent with the Pokot people in Kenya, and couldn't hide his delight

‘We are all family!’ On Tuesday, Lewis took to Instagram to share stunning photographs from his time spent with the Pokot people in Kenya, and couldn’t hide his delight

The sportsman also checked out on of the Pokot people’s spears as he integrated himself, and crouched down to spend time with some of the younger children. 

He shared to Instagram: ‘I spent time with the Pokot people in Kenya and just to be in their presence was one thing… To be welcomed was something different entirely and a massive honour I don’t take lightly.

‘The way I felt here is how I feel with my family back at home. We are all family, anyway. I’ll carry this experience, and all my other memories from Kenya and from this journey as a whole, in my heart forever.

Getting involved: The racing driver also crouched down to spend time with some of the younger children

Getting involved: The racing driver also crouched down to spend time with some of the younger children

Checking it out: The sportsman also checked out on of the Pokot people's spears as he integrated himself

Checking it out: The sportsman also checked out on of the Pokot people’s spears as he integrated himself

Dressed for the occasion: The racing driver was in a long sleeve khaki shirt and matching cargo shorts, both which featured statement front pockets, and wore a fisherman hat

Dressed for the occasion: The racing driver was in a long sleeve khaki shirt and matching cargo shorts, both which featured statement front pockets, and wore a fisherman hat

Photo time: Lewis posed with some Pokot woman wearing traditional colorful necklaces, beaded headgear, brass jewelry and big loop type earrings

Photo time: Lewis posed with some Pokot woman wearing traditional colorful necklaces, beaded headgear, brass jewelry and big loop type earrings

Kenya has about 620,000 Pokots, 2009 census statistics show, and some also live in neighbouring Uganda’s Karamoja region. 

Earlier this month, Lewis shared photos to Instagram from a recent trip to Namibia, where he was ‘tracing his roots’ amid the Formula One summer break.

The professional drive cut a stylish figure in a black Balenciaga padded jacket and matching trousers as he rode a quadbike through the desert.

In his caption, he explained how he would be travelling through Africa to discover his family origins, describing it as a ‘life changing reset’.

Incredible: Some of the photographs showed off the Pokot people's traditional dress

Incredible: Some of the photographs showed off the Pokot people’s traditional dress

The Pokot people: Kenya has about 620,000 Pokots, 2009 census statistics show, and some also live in neighbouring Uganda's Karamoja region

The Pokot people: Kenya has about 620,000 Pokots, 2009 census statistics show, and some also live in neighbouring Uganda’s Karamoja region

Having a blast! Earlier this month, Lewis shared photos to Instagram from a recent trip to Namibia, where he was 'tracing his roots' amid the Formula One summer break

Having a blast! Earlier this month, Lewis shared photos to Instagram from a recent trip to Namibia, where he was ‘tracing his roots’ amid the Formula One summer break

Wow! Further shots saw Lewis pose against a breathtaking mountain-lined view while cutting a black T-shirt and a coordinating bucket hat

Wow! Further shots saw Lewis pose against a breathtaking mountain-lined view while cutting a black T-shirt and a coordinating bucket hat

The sportsman wrote in full: ‘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.

‘This has been a life changing reset. I feel like I have gained a new perspective on life, grown an even stronger love for animals and became even closer with my brothers who I’ve shared this special journey with.

‘Everywhere I look I’m surrounded by so much beauty, and I feel truly re-centred and at peace. My first stop was Namibia, one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. Words and pictures do not do it justice.

Amazing: He also stood in front of a colourful array of deflating hot air balloons

Amazing: He also stood in front of a colourful array of deflating hot air balloons

Busy bee: In his caption, he explained how he will be travelling through Africa to discover his family origins, describing it as a 'life changing reset'

Busy bee: In his caption, he explained how he will be travelling through Africa to discover his family origins, describing it as a ‘life changing reset’

‘The hot air balloon ride was surreal. We had to land sideways which is definitely something I’ll never forget. I could not think of a better place to spend this time off. Sending everyone peace and light, I’m off to the next stop ~ ❤️.’ 

Further shots saw Lewis pose against a breathtaking mountain-lined view while cutting a black T-shirt and a coordinating bucket hat.

He also stood in front of a colourful array of deflating hot air balloons, before covering his face with his tattooed hands. 

Edgy: Lewis also covered his face with his tattooed hands in a portrait shot

Edgy: Lewis also covered his face with his tattooed hands in a portrait shot

Views: 'This has been a life changing reset. I feel like I have gained a new perspective on life, grown an even stronger love for animals and became even closer with my brothers'

Views: ‘This has been a life changing reset. I feel like I have gained a new perspective on life, grown an even stronger love for animals and became even closer with my brothers’

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