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    • Day 10

      Weekend Activities

      October 1, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      This is the first weekend on the Reserve, we are not working but instead can use our spare time to relax, discover etc...
      We (Sarah, Toni and myself) decided to go to Port Alfred on Saturday, which is about a 45 minutes drive from the Reserve and explore the city a bit, playing games with the rest of the volunteers in the evening...
      Today we went to Cannon Rocks Hiking Trail, so beautiful, through the dunes and along the sea, for a couple of hours...even though its only spring here, the Indian Ocean is warm enough to swim in.
      For dinner there was Braai, around the fireplace with the stars coming out...
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    • Day 2

      Port Elizabeth to Kariega

      January 11, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Refreshingly, a great sleep for all of us. We had a lovely breakfast and set off for Kariega Game Reserve. We detoured via Kenton-on-Sea, a beautiful seaside town where we had a lovely drink and snack. We checked in to our 3 bedroom chalet and enjoyed a late lunch and chill before we were picked up at 4.30pm for our afternoon drive. Our first safari drive did not disappoint, our wonderful guide Matthew drove us through stunning scenery to see 2 of the big 5 and amazing animalsRead more

    • Day 148

      Kariega Game Reserve Day 3

      August 17, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Heute pflanzen wir Porkbush. Eine Pflanze die im ganzen Nationalpark wächst und in Südafrika heimisch ist. Vor allem Elefanten essen diese sehr gerne. Nachmittags fahren wir dann nach Kenton-on-Sea und helfen dort bei der Ausgabe von Essen für arme Kinder.
      Am Abend gibt es eine südafrikanische Pizza mit Banane, Speck und Avocado, eine sehr interessante aber gute Mischung.
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    • Day 7

      Release of the Cheetah

      September 28, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Today we were able to watch something absolutely fantastic: the release of a female cheetah from a Boma (holding ground). She was brought into the Reserve to join the two male cheetahs a couple of weeks ago and being kept separate, today she was going to join the other two. Everybody was around watching and prodding, in the end she only got out, after everybody (besides us) left.Read more

    • Day 28


      October 19, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Its sunday again, I have now been on the Reserve for four weeks - time flies. The people I started with have meanwhile become friends, but will be moving on tomorrow. I'll miss them: Sarah, my roommate and Toni, together we are the three musceteers :-). Spending the days and weekends together is something special, we've had a lot of laughs and great experiences.
      Due to a lot of people leaving on monday Jaco took us for a Sunrise drive on Friday morning. Getting up at 3, all bundled up it was still dark and really cold, hence the beanie and the jacket. This time we went up a montain where we could watch the animals coming alive in the valley, heartbreakingly beautiful...
      After a quick breakfast we started again on the fencing, getting the wire out, meanwhile it was hot again and we were glad about any shade, but happy to do some manual labor.
      On our way back we came across the lions, taking a sunbath and not being bothered by us at all, they are just like big cats.
      Going out in the afternoon it started raining again and temperature dropped by 15 degrees and we were completely soaked, in one day we have had all the climate zones, no surprise I can't get rid of my bronchitis.
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    • Day 3

      A safari experience extraordinaire!

      January 12, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Surprisingly there were no angry words uttered as we awoke early and got ready for our 6am safari pick up. This time we went to another part of the reserve in search of lions and elephants. The adventure did not disappoint! We saw hippos, a jackal, giraffes, Guinea fowl, a zebra carcass (apologies for the gruesome shot, it looked like something from a movie) knowing lions must be near. We then found a lioness and her two cubs - quite incredible seeing them in their natural habitat and then they sought shade after their full bellies of zebra. We found plenty of fresh elephant poo, no elephants this time. We came back to the main lodge and had a hearty buffet breakfast. Pete had a snooze, the kids chilled. I went on a walking safari with our guide Matthew and the 4 Germans who are part of our safari group. It’s so different and quiet seeing the landscape by foot. Beautiful adventure and the baboons started signalling across the valley that we were approaching. We saw an amazing amount of animals up close - giraffes, impala, a tortoise, water buck, wildebeest, ostriches- including a 3 day old chick who started following us, which we encouraged it back to its Mum so it wouldn’t attack us! We had a swim in our plunge pool and chilled back at the chalet, reading and playing games. Despite our big breakfast we were hungry for lunch, Ted tried ostrich steaks, the rest of us settled for salad and pasta. Everyone chilled and we then assembled for our afternoon safari at 4.30pm. The next safari chapter was a longer drive in search of male lions and elephants. Wow. We found the 2 males, chilled on a hill and then the elephants ruled. Alarmingly close and so majestic. There were so many. After our fix of elephants we had a sundowner and made our way back for a BBQ dinner and singing by a local choir. A perfect day.Read more

    • Day 147

      Kariega Game Reserve Day 2

      August 16, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Nach einer Einweisung in das Reserve und die Umgebung müssen wir erstmal den Jeep putzen. Anschließend fahren wir durch das Reserve und sehen Zebras, Giraffen, Antilopen und vieles mehr. Aber eigentlich suchen wir eine Elefantenherde am Ende des Reservs, da das Baby von der Herde getrennt wurde und nun (hoffentlich) wieder zurück gefunden hat. Wir finden die Herde und das Baby.Read more

    • Day 173

      Pottery Class

      September 11, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Heute fahren wir zu einer kleinen Töpferei in der Nähe des Reservs. Aus Ton töpfern wir Tassen und kleine Tiere. Ich probiere mich an einem Elefanten, ein Nashorn und ein Büffel. Dabei gibt es viele Geschichten des Besitzers zu hören. Er hat die Idee vor über 40 Jahren gehabt und hilft auch anderen in die Selbstständigkeit. Am Abend machen wir ein Braai, so wird hier dad Grillen am offenen Feuer genannt.Read more

    • Day 165

      Surfen Part 2

      September 3, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Es geht wieder an den East Beach von Port Alfred zum surfen. Diesmal sind wir insgesamt sieben Surfschüler und drei Trainer. Die Wellen sind heute sehr gut für Anfänger geeignet, da gerade Ebbe herrscht. Bei Ebbe gibt es weniger Strömung an dem Strandabschnitt. Auch das Surfen funktioniert schon viel besser als noch letzte Woche. Das Wasser hat noch sehr frische 16 Grad und eder bekommt natürlich ein Neoprenanzug.Read more

    • Day 4

      Lion, elephant and boat adventure

      January 13, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Another sound sleep and the kids and I headed off for our 6am safari with guide Matthew and the 4 Germans. Pete opted for a lie in and to rest his back, after we left he had FOMO. Every safari is different and you never know what to expect. We decided to return to the zebra carcass to see who was feeding on it around the area. It was in worse shape than yesterday (smell and look). We ventured further down the track and found the two sisters and female cub. A different spot than yesterday and closer to the zebra (lions don’t usually stray far from their kill). Two kyte birds were hovering near the zebra, keeping an eye on the lions and swooping in for a feed themselves. It was a bit cooler this morning and the lions were all in a row, the cub in a pit. Again, amazing to watch and observe these creatures in the wild. As Ted said, you could stay watching them for hours. They are used to the safari cars that have been introduced that they barely arouse when they approach, only one lion lifting its head when we turned the engine back on again. We then ventured to higher ground for a coffee and muffin break, overlooking spectacular scenery. Continuing on, we came across a waterhole where 3 elephants were enjoying a big drink, learning that they drink up to 150 litres /day. Another elephant wandered down the hill and joined the others. They fell into pairs and began play fighting, incredible to hear the tusks clash in the quiet of the morning. We arrived back to the main lodge for breakfast and shared our adventure with Pete. We farewelled the Germans who were all heading off after breakfast. The girls and I had massages, a wonderful treat and sooo relaxing. Pete also booked in for a back and shoulders massage too. Chilled time playing games, reading and soaking up the tranquility, interspersed with Ted’s YouTube clips. Our guide Matthew did say that Ted could sub in for him due to his knowledge of the animals and their habitat. Instead of a game drive this afternoon we opted for a cruise on the Kariega river. We were on the Kariega Queen, it felt like the African Queen! It was serene and peaceful. We spotted many birds - a huge fish eagle perched high up on the bank, egrets, herons, monkeys and impalas. Ted even had a go driving the boat. As we made our way back to the main lodge, we saw some zebras up close. Dinner was a lovely affair as usual, and I think it was the most delicious yet! Perfectly cooked beef and roast vegetables - the food has not disappointed. We enjoyed stories with Matthew, and Ted added a few of his own (all YouTube based of course) and showed us funny videos of crazy tourists on safari he’d seen, one person even chasing a hippopotamus! Great end to another great day.Read more

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