Monthly Archives: September 2013

Start of week 2 at Shamwari

Early start this morning, though not by Zimamga standards! We were in the vehicles by 7.30, half an hour earlier than normal as a couple of the volunteers were leaving so it allowed them to go out on drive and … Continue reading

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Weekend off

It’s been a while since I’ve had 2 days in a row off so it has been quite relaxing. Yesterday I went for a walk with Jon my room mate from Melbourne in Australia. It’s fairly safe to walk around … Continue reading

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Community Work

Today we went to the local village called Patterson to paint a classroom at the primary school. It’s a project the Shamwari volunteer project has been involved with for some time. It was a late start following a cooked breakfast … Continue reading

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Hippo capture

The schedule today was thrown on its head as during the night 2 hippo were caught in a boma and had to be loaded onto a lorry to be moved to a different reserve. We were requested to assist in … Continue reading

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Elephant monitoring

I must say, getting up at half 6 instead of 5 is very nice. This morning we were tasked with elephant monitoring and so we set off in search of one of the 3 herds. We soon found them and … Continue reading

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Update from Shamwari

After a very good nights sleep at Port Elizabeth I was dropped off at the airport where I was shuttled to Shamwari game reserve, about an hours drive north east. On arrival I was shown to my room. A twin … Continue reading

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Goodbye Zimanga

That must have been the quickest 8 weeks of my life which I guess shows how much I enjoyed the experience. I’ve made some great friends over my time at Zimanga but now its time to move on to my … Continue reading

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Saving the best till last

Last drive today at Zimanga so we went out at usual time hoping to see something good. We decided to look for the dogs first and found them fairly quickly and they were looking hungry and hunting. They disappeared round … Continue reading

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Bush walk

Andreas, the regional project manager for GVI offered to take us out on a bush walk today. He is a qualifies tracker and has the other required qualifications to take people out on foot safaris as well as a large … Continue reading

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Town run

Had a bit of a strange night suffering a bit from tic fever but got up at 6 to get things ready for town run to Saint Lucia. The 2 hour drive passed quickly and after a coffee I decided … Continue reading

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Somber day in camp

On returning from drive today we sat around the table to be given some sad news about the future of GVI at Zimanga game reserve. Andreas, the regional project manager informed us that the reserve owner gad been made an … Continue reading

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Water shortage

Normal morning drive with good elephant sightings though on returning to camp we found all the taps in the house had run dry and when the dam at the top of the hill was checked it was found to be … Continue reading

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Not for the Squeamish

Warning – This post contains images that some people might find disturbing! There, that’s my bit done so if the photos make you feel a little queazy, I did warn you. Up at usual time this morning and we went … Continue reading

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Base duty day

Base duty today which means a few jobs around camp, cook lunch then I get the option of going out on afternoon drive. Got up fairly early, around 7 and had all the jobs done, with Alex who is on … Continue reading

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Day off

A few quiet days on the blog so sorry to those wanting photos of animals fighting and getting eaten. Day off today which means sort out some personal stuff such as laundry which is hand washing only as there is … Continue reading

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Back to Richards Bay

Town trip day again so off to Richards Bay. A 2 and a half hour trip south on the N2 main road. Not much news to mention other than I bought a beard trimmer to keep it under control. Sitting … Continue reading

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Back on drive

Normal day today so up at 5 and out by half past. We went tracking the dogs and eventually found them near the northern fence line of the reserve and they were hunting. They came across a zebra which was … Continue reading

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Camp duty again!

Well today I was on camp duty again which means I do cleaning chores around camp and cook lunch and dinner! The good thing is I get a bit of a lie in, the bad thing is cooking for 15 … Continue reading

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More elephants

Just spent the afternoon with the elephant herd so here are a few more photos for all the elephant lovers out there.

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Having a good day

This is where I am right now!

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