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The Veranda

The Veranda

The Veranda Upon arriving for my 3 month internship, one of the main concerns I had was how to engage with a group of 20+ people whom I had never met and had all been here on base a month prior to my arrival. The one thing that helped me through this greatly was the...

Babies of Africa

Babies of Africa

Ok, so if you know me, you’ll know I have the biggest weakness when it comes to babies....seriously though, who doesn’t? There is nothing more infectious than the smile of a toddler playing in a crèche trying on your sunglasses or a mother lion giving her cub a bath...

Open doors

Open doors

First off; look at that sexy picture. Just take a moment and look at the line work, shading and color, if that doesn't make you want to jump on a plane and come over, nothing will. Ok, so now that's out of the way, let's get down to it. It's been a little over two...

Never a Dull Moment at the Community

Never a Dull Moment at the Community

“This girl is my sister!” How those words filled me with warm fuzzies on our recent visit to Diputhi, the local primary school within The Oaks community. This phrase came from a year 7 student as I laughed with her and her friends on our way back to class, where we...

Exotic Bird Bingo – A tale of victory and heartache

Exotic Bird Bingo – A tale of victory and heartache

It was a pleasant end to the blistering month of March on a slightly breezy Monday afternoon in the South African Lowveld. The hornbills were flapping about gracefully and the sun was poking his head out just enough to keep you comfortably warm, but not so hot that...

Surprises left, right and centre

Surprises left, right and centre

The GVI wildlife research internship has been an experience of a lifetime. I had always wanted to venture to Africa and see the incredible wildlife it is home to. I have just finished my Zoology/Ecology degree so I thought Africa would be the best place on earth to...

Spirit of South Africa

Spirit of South Africa

If people were to have told me that I would be enjoying South Africa this much I would have told them that they were wrong. However, it turns out I am wrong. Against a mountainous back drop, Karongwe Game Reserve is what many people would class as paradise. Stunning...

With the rains come new life

With the rains come new life

Over the past 6 weeks Karongwe has been blessed with well over 150mm of rain. This includes having 77mm dumped in the past 5 days. With the rain brings new life, in plants and animals. A lot of the antelope species in the area try to time their pregnancy for when the...

The Little Things..

The Little Things..

So when you tell people you’re going to South Africa, the first things they think of are the Big Five: Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and of course the king of the jungle; the Lion. You ask a guide what their guests want to see and naturally the Big Five is the...

What I will miss at Karongwe

What I will miss at Karongwe

Hadeda Ibis screaming through every Sundown Sky Hyenas howling their ‘whoop whoop’ at night Zebras turning to gaze their majestic stare down Duikers and Guinea fowl always running away Sophie mimics them every other day That night when the sky was clear And the moon...