GAMEPARK BLOG – We have Contact!

Apologies on the delay in blog post, we finally have internet sorted out at the game reserve!

My name is Dan and I am lucky enough to be looking after our fantastic group for the next two weeks beginning at the GamePark then heading to the Creche next week! (Due to the poor internet connection there will be limited photos while out here, but rest assured I will more than make up for it in our second week and will post extra photos of what we are seeing and experiencing out here.)

We arrived safely at our game reserve and settled into our accommodation and a fantastic lunch. After this it was time to head out onto the Game Reserve for a tour and to learn about the purpose of this area. Our reserve is focussed on the breeding of disease free Buffalo. Currently 95% of Buffalo in Africa carry one of four major diseases which infect all other cattle they come into contact with. On our reserve there are 120 healthy Buffalo making this area extremely important. Not only are there Buffalo but Giraffe, Zebra, Nyala, Impala, Warthogs, Wilderbeast and much more.

Our rather tall next door neighbour

Our rather tall next door neighbour

Getting stuck into our work we have been clearing out animal enclosures used to safely allow animals to adjust to new game reserve conditions. Everyone worked extremely hard and made amazing progress as we hacked, dug and cleared away overgrown grass and alien plant species.

Clearing out the area. Jess, Lacy, Hannah, Kayla, Megan, Paige, McKenzie, Ridley Charlie, Monica and Hannah

Clearing out the area. Jess, Lacy, Hannah, Kayla, Megan, Paige, McKenzie, Ridley Charlie, Monica and Hannah

In the afternoon we went to visit a Cheetah Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre which also looks after African Wild Cats, Caracals and Servals. We learnt all about the different cat species and watched the animals during feeding time but the highlight was most definitely the chance to sit and pet a Cheetah.

Jess our cat lover couldn't be happier

Jess our cat lover couldn’t be happier

Monica petting the Cheetah

Monica petting the Cheetah

Charlie smiling for the camera

Charlie smiling for the camera

It made for an amazing day for everyone, to so closely interact with the fastest land animal on earth. The smiles were from ear to ear throughout the group as we travelled back to the reserve. That night we sat around the bonfire telling stories, jokes and singing songs. Then the group went out for a night drive to set up the camera trap and see what nocturnal animals were around. The group was incredibly lucky and spotted a Hyena!

Buffalo spotted overnight on our camera trap!

Buffalo spotted overnight on our camera trap!

Checking the camera trap in the morning we caught some amazing pictures of the Buffalo!

It has been a fantastic start to our Gamepark experience, I can’t wait to see what else we find this week.

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