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Conservation Volunteer Testimonials July-Aug 2011

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Kariega Game Reserve Conservation Volunteer Testimonials July-Aug 2011

I’ve had such a brilliant time at Kariega Game Reserve, loved every minute of it and will never forget it. Here are some of my highlights: Teaching at the primary school was amazing. Hopefully all the students will now read their poems with a Donegal accent!; Walking with cheetachs – I will never forget it; Any excuse to roll up my trousers and get my feet wet and muddy – canoeing down the Kariega river and wading through the river; Standing in the Indian Ocean during a lunar eclipse; Sand boarding in Port Alfred; Seeing the Black Rhino so close and in the open; Cutting down wattles with the giraffes standing besides us; Seeing a 3 day old baby elephant; Spending my last night watching the elephants in frot of the sunset was amazing. All I want to say is that I had a fantastic time. This is the biggest thing I’ve ever done and I won’t forget it.Thanks Kariega!

- James Brolly, 6 June – 4 July 2011

My time as a volunteer on Kariega Game Reserve has been truly amazing and 4 weeks just wasn’t enough! I really fell in love with it here and have had some incredible experiences.To witness the lions hunt and kill was phenomenal - as was being surrounded by the elephant herd. Justine has been a brilliant volunteer coordinator and really made me feel welcome and involved in all the activities from the moment I arrived. Not only will I be taking home some amazing memories (and hundreds of photos!) but I’ve learnt loads of facts about conservation ecology and African wildlife here from Justine. I’ve also made some wonderful friends and feel like this experience has helped me mature as a person. Thank you Justine for making my stay such a pleasure.

- Eleri Pritchard, 12 July – 8 August 2010