WildReach Amakhala Visit

Amakhala has been WildREACH’s partner since its commencement. Just 40 km from Grahamstown the 5 star lodge lays nestled in a valley and the wildlife is incomparable.

Four members of the WildREACH team and twenty learners visited the reserve mid May. Our tour began with an informative talk by Jennifer the reserve’s manager, about the history, wildlife management and conservation. The talk was followed by some welcomed refreshments, lunch and three and a half hour game drive, spotting three of the big five with the friendliest game rangers. Not even a little rain could stop the learners from having a good time. 

We were welcomed back to the environment centre with a much needed cup of warm coco. As we waited for the specially prepared potje to simmer to a halt, a campfir was lit and the learners filled the air with spontaneous singing. The learners animated the rest of the evening by recounting what they had learnt during the day in form of skits and song. It was some of the most animated and creative performances that the team has seen.

The second day was filled with as much excitement the learners were awake before sunrise. The group was taken on a toured walk on a predator-free property where they could view zebras and antelopes and learn about the many South African endemic plants.
The learners were sad to leave, and many expressed that this was the best experience that they had ever had.

Collen mumbasa, one of the WildREACH comm members explained that, the trip broadened the horizons of the learners by giving them a once in a lifetime experience. He was truly amazed at the creativity of the learners performing their skits.

The WildREACH commitee, would like to extend their gratitude to Amakhala game reserve, for hosting us once again, untill our next visit.

Sheena Talma
WildREACH Vice chair.

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