Jabulani means happiness :)

Another day and more invasive species removed and conquered! First thing this morning we were out in the game park attacking the weeds. I think I can safely say everyone has perfected their own technique to tackle them and areas are being cleared fast and efficiently! Huge piles are being made not to mention how fit we are all getting 🙂 Everyone back at home now has experienced hands coming home to help with gardening.

After a few hours hard work we headed back to camp to quickly grab our things or change and head out to the elephant interaction game park. Here, volunteers get the opportunity to meet wild African elephants up close and personal. These elephants were raised surrounded by people and once released into the game park they are in now, crave human interaction. There is Rambo, a 35 year old Bull elephant weighing in at 3.5 tonnes, Rachel; Rambos lady who is also 35 and their daughter 3 year old Jabulani (meaning happiness is Zulu).

Seeing them crest the hill and walk towards us was breathtaking! Every one got to take it in turns to meet all there elephants and even get to feel them. You really can’t understand just how big an African elephant is until you’re standing in front of it’s legs and under it’s trunk. There were smiles from ear to ear and some amazing photos to go along with it! We retuned back to our camp exhilarated!

The afternoon consisted of one final onslaught at the weeds and then it was back to camp for our last night here. A fire was lit, games played, laughter, food and a great atmosphere. It will be sad to leave here, where it’s quiet and you can just sit an listen to the sounds of nature, but the second week calls us and so we head to St Lucia tomorrow!

Until tomorrow
~ Jess

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