The Trinity Trio

Two Irishmen and an Englishman took off from London, Dublin and Cork. We met in Amsterdam to catch our onward flight to Johannesburg and on to Port Elizabeth. Our first night in South Africa was probably the roughest of the lot, camping out on the smooth hard floors of OR Tambo International Airport. Despite us being the only ones in the airport for the duration of our layover through the night,…

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A night spend under the stars

A night spend under the stars

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A must do while in the African bush is to spend a night under the stars. This was at least the idea when the volunteers went camping. However, the weather had other plans. Setting up camp, building shelter and getting the fire started in the rain was challenging to say the least. But the volunteer team came together and made it an enjoyable evening. All the volunteers agreed that this was one of…

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Vuyani Easter

It’s hard to compete with the joy one gets from giving. So true was this at the Easter party held with Vuyani safe haven for children.  

Vuyani Easter

It’s hard to compete with the joy one gets from giving. So true was this at the Easter party held with Vuyani safe haven for children.  

Perhaps the most enjoyable activity on the reserve is tracking the cheetah. To be in close…

Perhaps the most enjoyable activity on the reserve is tracking the cheetah. To be in close proximity to these endangered cats is truly a privilege and an experience that can be rivalled by none. Now that Sibella’s cubs, Chilli and Pepper, have grown up to become sub adults, the time will soon come for them to leave their mothers side. Of late this has become particularly apparent as Chilli and…

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New homely feeling to Samara camp

New homely feeling to Samara camp

IMG_2213Camp Update The volunteer programme is now under new management, and with the change in personnel comes changes within the camp.

In the last three months the volunteer camp has received some much needed TLC and the upgrades are most definitely noticeable.

The garden around camp is the most striking of these upgrades. 10 new trees have been planted, grass lawn areas established and the succulent…

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Maike (Germany)

I arrived at 2nd of May, now is the 14th and I can hardly believe it that I have only two whole days left.

My time in Samara went by quite fast, but actually thats not a surprise. Because I saw animals I’ve never seen in my life before and learned a lot about them. I noticed how exciting it can be too live and work in a reserve,  how small things can make a diffrence and I got to taste the south…

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Chalis - USA

Chalis – USA

 

So much serenity.

I traveled to Samara for the purpose of stool collection for my Master’s research project- Molecular and Evolutionary Analysis of South African Gastrointestinal Wildlife Parasites. Other than working on my project and the other established projects, I did not know what to expect.

Upon my arrival, I quickly discovered how special the Karoo, Samara, and all of the people…

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Alessio, Switzerland

3 April 2014

2 weeks at Samara volunteering are gone, for the second time the worse day of all, the last day, has arrived.

Those 2 weeks has passed fast, too fast maybe, but this happens when fun, speck boom, giraffes,

camping, rain, hot sun, jackals, cheetahs and monkey (eating cupcakes) are involved.

With the Mammals monitoring, bird watching, the trackers and our awesome “managers” this time

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