The wind is blowing in our faces, the car is bumping, around us bushes and wide planes. The open vehicle we’re sitting in finds its way on tiny little paths through the Shamwari Game Reserve where we will spend the next three days with twenty seven graders of the Fontein School.They are the best students of their grade and will get the possibility to experience wild life and nature in a completely new dimension to learn about it and develop the wish to preserve it.
Our first activity was a game drive and just after ten minutes our guide Graham found a herd of elephants including little cubs. We were amazed by the beauty of this species and how friendly they look like.
Our group was split up into three smaller groups in different vehicles. The guides would show us around individually which gave us the chance to profit from the discovery of the others. When we found the herd of elephants Graham told the others where they were so that they could see these majestic animals.
We even got to see one of the Big 5: the rhino! We were extremely close to a mother and her child which should actually have been scary but we felt completely safe because these massive animals were just calmly eating without taking notice of us. Moreover we were very lucky to see a hippo which is normally were difficult to spot.
The kids enjoyed this first game drive as much as we did and are very much looking forward to the next days which will be fully packed with activities about wild life conservation.
Now we totally understand the advantages of going to a game reserve with a real guide because he knows exactly where to look for a specific animal and can drive off road very close to them.
The excitement didn’t decrease after the first day but grew even bigger as we now know what unique activities will await us in the upcoming days!