Tuesday Trunk-fest

Sorry for the delay in posts! It can be pretty hard to find a cellular signal out in the middle of the African bush… who would’ve thought that?!?

Yesterday, everyone got quite the treat. We started our day with a hearty breakfast and some light work cleaning and preparing the Buffalo bomas (holding pens.) Then before lunch, everyone got together and took off to see the world’s largest land animal, the African Elephant!

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Everybody lookin’ good with the big boy!

While here at the Elephant sanctuary, everyone had the opportunity to learn about how incredible these creatures really are. Did you know an elephant will drink up to 250 litres of water every day, and can drink up to 25 litres in one single gulp?! These guys are absolutely massive! When presented with massive objects, our awesome volunteers definitely know how to turn them into massive opportunities to get to hand-feed the elephants like Jabulani.

James and Sara lookin' fresh!

James and Sara lookin’ fresh!

Polina and Nicolette weren't afraid!

Polina and Nicolette weren’t afraid…well, not for the most part anyway!

Ashley and Emily were so excited to feed this big guy that they even touched his tongue!

Ashley and Emily were so excited to feed this big guy that they even touched his tongue!

Marcia and Emma were shocked at how big these guys really are up close!

Marcia and Emma were shocked at how big these guys really are up close!

After having a blast chillling with these guys, we headed back to the game reserve for lunch, and then spent the afternoon finishing up our work in the Water Buffalo bomas by clearing grass, weeds, and buiding up our muscles when we had to chop through the thick stuff!

Everyone was excited about how much we had done, we couldn't help but smile.

Everyone was excited about how much we had done, we couldn’t help but smile.

Bottom teeth smiles make everyone look like a...superstar?

Bottom teeth smiles make everyone look like a…superstar?

With a lucky group like these guys, of course we couldn’t even make it back to base without running into Giraffes! We had a fun time giving them all personalities and making up what they would say to each other when they go out on dates!

A tall male Giraffe is always thirsty, according to Nevada.

A tall male Giraffe is always thirsty, according to Nevada.

With that beautiful sight under our belt, we spent the evening building fires for our hot water, enjoying a traditional African braai, and sitting around the bonfire sharing stories and fun facts about each other. What a day!

 

Until next time!

 

-Casey & Dan

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