It is a Thursday morning at 09h00. I start my day with the usual morning brief. I’ve been informed that I have a Bush Safari going out with students who have never been in the bush before…
The clock announces that it is 09h30 and I’m prepared to take my group out. Although the group of students arrive late, I was sure that we can still see a lot of animals with my many years of experience in the bush. I start to count as everyone signs their indemnity forms, twenty in total – wow, this is going to be challenging to keep these young minds interested during my drive.
As I start with the introduction, I became aware that they really don’t know what to expect. We start the drive and not even 10 minutes later we spot a heard of Wildebeest. One of the kids peeps up and ask: “Sir, is that a Buffalo?”. I said no and explained to them in detail that it was in fact a heard of Wildebeest. After a half an hour we saw Giraffes about 20 meters from the vehicle. This sight generated a whole lot more questions. At this point I realized that I can take them to another world. Once I had their attention I could enlighten them with all the wonders of our natural environment.
I gave them a chance to really experience the Klein Karoo bushveld with all their senses – see, smell, hear and feel. Sharing my knowledge and thoughts about the bushveld with these kids and seeing their faces light up with joy made me realize the importance of keeping them informed and passionate about our heritage. For their sake and future generations!
Guide: Elton Kawa