Dibanisa Camp: Conclusion

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 19th September 2011


This weekend, the Dibanisa team said goodbye to the kids from Laërskool Okkie Smuts . We took the kids to camp at Fynbos Retreat. We used the opportunity to tie up everything the kids have learnt throughout the programme.



The children were entertained by the Football Foundation coaches and volunteers, by playing a variety of games. Just before supper, we had a few special visitors! Christoff Longland, who is a guide at Grootbos, joined the children to talk to have an interactive discussion about snakes. He discussed the different kind of snakes found in the area and touched on other animals such as the honey badger and mongoose. Christoff also showed the children a mole snake, much to their delight and horror! They had the opportunity to have a closer look at, as well as to touch, the snake!



After supper, the children participated in a solitaire activity. The children were taken to an open field and placed a couple of meters apart. The object of the activity was so that each child could consider what they had learnt and look at the stars. The children who wanted to, were given the opportunity to join Susan and Rozier for a night walk. The Okkie Smuts kids concluded the evening with a few songs. There weren't many dry eyes amongst the adults!



After breakfast and games of soccer and volleyball, everyone went for a short hike. Before we set off, Rozier discussed the principles of hiking with the children. Rozier showed the children the 'oog', which feeds the dam. We had a look at three different ecosystems: wetland, Milkwood Forest and mountain fynbos.
Unfortunately, we had to pack up and go home! We would all have loved to stay and spend some more time together!



We would like to thank Susan Lochner from Green Futures, Annamarie Steensma from the school, Natasha Bredekamp from the Football Foundation and her volunteers Amy, Britta, Tilman and Edith. A big 'thank you' goes to Rozier for his hospitality!



And last but not least, we would like to thank the Okkie Smuts kids for their participation and help! You guys were awesome and we hope to see you again!

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