It’s been almost a week that I took off for South Africa. Finally I got some time to share my first days with you guys. So far, I really, really like it here! For someone who is living in Europe South Africa is the perfect winter get-away destination. The opposite seasons to Europe and no need to worry about time zones and jet lag. What else could you ask for? 🙂 Here is what I’m currently doing in South Africa:
I am volunteering together with a friend at the Global White Lion Protection Trust, a project that has specialized on the protection of the White Lions. It is the first time I’m participating in such a project. I am already a huge fan of it, because it is so rewarding, and enjoy the time here a lot! We are staying in a camp that is surrounded by 700 hectares of wildlife – giraffes, wildebeests, zebra, lions, impala and many more. It is so calm here and the nature is just breathtaking. The camp where we are staying is located near Hoedspruit in the Timbavati region. It is about a 5 hours drive up north from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport.
Our days are quite packed and intense, yet relaxed at times. The days start at 6 a.m. right after sunrise when we go out with a jeep to check on the lions and monitor and their behavior. Same things apply in the evening before sunset. The lions are just awesome creatures! There are two White Lions and two brown lions (“Tawny”) in our camp. I learn a lot every day about the wildlife, the eco-system and the White Lions. It’s fascinating how everything works together and how things fall into place. Before volunteering in South Africa I’ve never seen a White Lion in real life and I’ve also never been that close to a lion before, what makes it an experience.
Usually our tasks vary a lot (except the work with the lions). Our working areas go from cutting trees, to planting trees in a school, do some gardening and performing handicraft work. On our second day we were already feeding the lions. (I spare you the details at this point, but it was really hard for my vegan stomach.)
Unfortunately I can’t show you any photos of the White Lions yet, as there is a no-photo-policy that applies for the lions. But luckily they changed the procedure a few days ago and allow us to take photos on our last day in the camp – which I will share with you guys.
So here is a recap of our first days in the White Lion Camp. I will keep you updated 🙂
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