Safari Camp Stories: Following in the footsteps of giants; some unusual bush therapy!

Being a guide is a bit like being a parent, strictly speaking you aren’t supposed to have favourites. Saying that one of the most frequent questions guides and trackers are asked is “what is your favourite animal?” and that is not an easy question to answer! For me, my answer will be heavily affected by whatever animal I am looking at, at the time. Every animal species is special in its own unique way and when you begin to appreciate how seamlessly each species fits in with each other in the great balancing act that nature pulls off you appreciate that each species is a strong contender for the title of Favourite!

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The Garonga Diaries: Training, Acting and fresh lion kills with Kaizer!

Dear Diary,

My name is Kaizer and I am one of the guides here at Garonga. I live in a village called Share (you say it Sheerah) which is about 3 hours away from the lodge. I started working here at Garonga Safari Camp in October 2014. When I started I was a tracker. On my first day I was so very scared, but because I was so hungry to find myself working, I did manage the situation and after a couple of days I found myself really enjoying my job. As I was doing my job so well I got a promotion to become a guide in 2019. I have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. My daughter is called Sphesihle which means very special gift and she was born on 26 April this year. With the lockdown for Covid-19 I have missed having guests to guide but I have very much enjoyed spending time with my young daughter.

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The Garonga Diaries: Mpho remembers the past and looks forward to the future!

Dear Diary,

My name is Mpho, I started to work here at Garonga Safari Camp last year, in August 2019, as a tracker. I started working together with Jaff who is head safari guide, and even now we are still going forward working as a team. I am staying at Sigagula next to the Orpen road, it is only one and half hours drive to the lodge from home. At home I’m staying with my family which is my wife and two boys, the first born is 11 years old, the second one is 4 years old. The first one’s name is Thswarelo he is in grade five at school and his favourite subject is English (and mathematics), so the second one is Dimpho, he is in grade R and his favourite game is playing soccer and he loves to watch movies! Enough of me now I will tell you about the last week.

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The Garonga Diaries: Hear all about tracking Lions from Bongi!

Dear Diary,

My name is Bongi. I have been working here at Garonga since 2018 as a tracker. This week it is my turn to tell you what we have been busy with.

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Garonga Diaries: Sherlock Comes to Town

Dear Diary,

Back again! It’s Sophie guide and social media extraordinaire, ready with another diary entry for you all! Quite excitingly I am also here to announce a coming change in the format of our weekly diary blogs. We have fallen into an even rhythm with our skeleton staff on site so over the next few weeks, as we hope to move towards reopening our doors, the diaries will have more of a wildlife focus to them (if you have missed our other diary entries you can read more here). They say you should never work with children or animals, now I can’t comment on the former but as to the latter I can’t disagree strongly enough. Working with animals typically means that your day swiftly veers away from any plan you might have pulled together and that no two days are ever the same! Nature, in my opinion, has the best sense of humour. So moving forwards these diaries will share with you our top sightings and animal antics, and if there is anything out of the ordinary happening with our other teams we will be sure to let you know!

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