I’m so excited finally get to see my Shamwari Diaries project completed, and hold in my hands a beautifully printed, full colour, 360-page copy of my Shamwari travel diary from my days volunteering at the private game reserve, back when I was 18 years old.
Tomorrow, 11th June, is my 30th birthday. Rather than thinking about parties and presents, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight some recent, poignant rescue stories from Born Free and some of the amazing people who are raising money for the charity during this time.
Arriving back home from South Africa, it felt like the most exciting adventure of my life had come to an end. Find out how the experience has shaped the decade of my life that followed.
In this week’s Shamwari series blog post, it’s time to say goodbye to South Africa and begin the long journey home. Importantly, I also learn the meaning of the word ‘Shamwari’.
In this week’s Shamwari series an angry white rhino charges our vehicle during a night drive and I spend my final day on the reserve.
In this week’s Shamwari series I head to Mossel Bay to swim with Great White Sharks.
In this week’s Shamwari series, we head to Port Elizabeth for some sand boarding, and I discover the importance of fire.
In this week’s Shamwari series, I return to Shamwari’s student programme, where conservation work gets physical once more, and I find myself in the middle of a herd of 26 elephants!
This week we discover young lions playing with a discarded glass bottle, and have the exciting task of assisting the vet with darting a lioness.
In this week’s Shamwari series I say goodbye to Shamwari student lodge and move to neighbouring Amakhala Game Reserve, where I learn the ropes of volunteer duties on a relatively new reserve.