With the arrival of both Sophie and myself on Friday evening we were very happy to see just how nice the campsite looked, little did we know this was not going to last.
On the first day the group went bouldering followed by an arts and crafts session with Tash in which we all made our own books (some better than others). So far all was quiet in the camp. Very shortly after the weather began to deteriorate but we thought nothing of it and so everyone went off to bed. It was only later that night that the camp was hit by the mother of all
storms and it was not until the morning that we saw the extent of the damage caused by the storm. The wind was so strong that it had managed to flip Red’s and Andrea’s with them inside and it was safe to say that all plans were put on hold that day. It was that evening that the
whole camp piled into one tent to watch David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet.
Finally things started to look up as we left the camp for Sandfontein. As we approached the luxury resort the general mood of the team greatly improved. We spent the next two days exploring the park and tracking the Black Rhino. It was impressive to see the park’s foreman
use an incredible amount of skill to track the rhino unfortunately we did not see any rhino.
Lastly we left Sandfontein and headed to Warmbad. In the morning we worked in the creche and played with children aged two to five and later in the afternoon we helped teach children with learning difficulties how to read english. Finally we took our own classes to teach the children about our chosen subjects for example monty and I chose to teach chemistry; Sophie and Liv taught geography; and Emma chose to talk about geology. This was an amazing and rewarding experience and a highlight of the trip for all of us.