Wednesday 8th January – Snakes, Crocs and a traditional South African braai!

Today was snakes and crocodile day! We were heading to a nearby Crocodile and Snake centre to help out with some work in the snake houses and the crocodile enclosures.

The whole group learning a little bit of Zulu history - Jemma, Dan, Jessa, Rian (our resident guide), Bill, Mark, Peixi, Danni, Kimberly, Grace, Lexie, Georgia, Caitlin, Jess, Katie.

The whole group learning a little bit of Zulu history – Jemma, Dan, Jessa, Rian (our resident guide), Bill, Mark, Peixi, Danni, Kimberly, Grace, Lexie, Georgia, Caitlin, Jess, Katie.

Firstly Laurence, our guide at the centre taught us about the various types of snakes that we have in South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal. There are 135 different species! Today, however we were just focusing on the highly venomous ones that we definitely would like to avoid over the coming days!

We learnt all about the 4 main snake groups and even were able to hold one of the non-venomous snakes, the carpet python. Everyone had a go at hold ing the snake, even Caitlin and Jessa who are both terrified of snakes. Well done girls, that was extremely impressive.

Jessa facing her biggest fear!

Jessa facing her biggest fear!

The group then went outside to the crocodile enclosures where they learnt about the Nile Crocodile and were able to see them being fed.

Learning about the slender snouted crocodiles from Western Africa.

Learning about the slender snouted crocodiles from Western Africa.

Next the groups were split in to two and some went outside to work in the crocodile enclosures whilst the others helped in the snake houses. Those in the snake houses were either clearing out the skins that had shed, filling up the water troughs or helping to keep the snakes away from the others who were doing that work. Some even fed them!

Cleaning out the snake houses.

Cleaning out the snake houses.

Outside in the crocodile enclosures the volunteers were also clearing up, removing any broken weaver bird nests that had fallen from the trees into the enclosures, they were also supposed to help with the cutting of the grass but unfortunately the lawn mover was not working so instead they were just able to experience being in the enclosures with these huge, dangerous animals.

Mark, Bill, Kimberly, Lexie, Caitlin and Grace in the crocodile enclosure.

Mark, Bill, Kimberly, Lexie, Caitlin and Grace in the crocodile enclosure.

After lunch the groups swapped over and I’m pleased to say that everyone loved it and came out without a scratch on them!

After our work was done, we headed back to camp and enjoyed a traditional South African Braai (BBQ)! It was a delicious meal round the fire, even if it did take a while to cook!

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