I’ve been at the garden route game lodge for just over a week now. We get up and feed the elephants at 630am then go out on the reserve for the morning. We find inyunga the cheetah who is out on the reserve with her babies and record their location, watch the sun rise while we take our coffee break surrounded by this gorgeous landscape and amazing animals then spend the rest of the day doing anything that need to be done. Sometimes we feed the cheetahs and clean their enclosures, clean the elephant boma, repair roads or remove alien plants.
There are two other volunteers: eda and bianca. They are both from Germany. Eda is just learning English and we have some really funny misunderstandings because of it. The three of us work with liezel and the four of us just pretty much spend the entire day laughing, I have usually almost peed my pants from laughing so hard at least twice by breakfast time.
Mostly this is just pictures because I’m too lazy to write a whole thing and i have to study, so enjoy!
My first day out we found inyunga and the cubs eating an impala
A live puff adder, much prettier than the dead one I found at the nature college
We did a tour of the reptile center
A glass of wine by the pool! There was a staff party and no guests in the lodge on Monday so we were able to relax by the pool for the afternoon
Buffalos looking for food
Morning coffee break
Fixing a fence around a protected tree, milkwood, so the animals don’t eat it.
Bianca and eda
Time to feed the cheetahs!
Killing some invasive plants with machetes
We got to have dinner stay in the chalets at the lodge. Best ever.
Bianca me and eda headed for dinner and drinks at the lodge
We went to knysna for the weekend and i went for a morning canoe trip down a river just out of town
A bird on the river, it let us get very close before taking off
Back at the game lodge on our morning truck ride to feed the elephants
I loove these guys
Some road repair
Annnd more giraffe
So south Africa is awesome… I tried to extend my fliht departure, but it would have cost to much so I’m back in Canada on the 19th. Excited to see everyone and hear about what’s been going on there!