Part 2

Hi Everyone!

Just thought I’d keep you in touch with everything that’s happening with African Bush Camps Foundation! Here are some updates!

Updates – Umtshibi Camp Pre-School

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Umtshibi Pre-school School has received new furniture through a kind donation by the Rotary Club of Crowthorne and Sandhurst. Including a large table to work on and chairs. The children are just about to start their 3rd term now!  The playground has also come along nicely, and providing a safe space for children to do what children do best…play! An important activity for their development.   

In an recent interview, ranger parents and school committee members commented on how beneficial it is having the school functional. Rangers are now able to be close to their families whilst protecting the precious wildlife of Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe. Click the video to see the whole interview. 

“We are now able to stay with our kids, we are no longer sending our kids far away from us”

Ranger Interview

 

Calvet’s Story

I met Calvet on my trip to Africa, he was such an incredible guide with an extensive knowledge on all the animals the beautiful country has to offer. He has such passion for the work that he does with ABC and such a positive energy, I loved hearing all the tales he had to tell.

Calvet & Kids with elephant.jpgCalvet was born in Gwanda in a village called Halisupi, South of Bulawayo. Growing up in the village, Calvet loved the bush and when he heard about guiding he ventured  into it.

He started his studies in guiding in 1993 and started guiding in 1995. Calvert worked for National parks, Touch the Wild Safaris, CC Africa, Matetse Game Lodge and Wilderness Safaris. In 2013 Calvet joined African Bush Camps.

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Calvet is very passionate about the African Bush Camps Foundation and enjoys taking guests on community visits; visiting schools & community projects. This way his guests get a better understanding of the how the communities outside the National parks benefit from Photographic tourism and how ABC and guests are playing a big role in building relationships with communities.

The Big Five and the Little Five

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Calvet, as I’ve said, has such fantastic knowledge about the wildlife in Africa. He taught me many things on our trip around and could spot animals from an incredible distance. On my last day (a few hours before I had to leave!) with his skill, we managed to find Cecil’s pride, I had never seen a Lion before. It was such a powerful experience, they walked just by our car. Another thing Calvet taught me was about the Big five and the Little Five.

Below are words by Anouk Zijlma from this article. Anouk explains the Big Five and the Little Five better than I ever could! If you want to hear more about it too, head over to that link! 

Whether you’re an Africa aficionado or a first-timer currently researching your maiden visit to the greatest continent on Earth, you’ve probably heard of the Big Five. Initially coined by the big game hunters of centuries past, the phrase now refers to five of the most sought-after safari animals; namely, the elephant, the buffalo, the leopard, the lion and the rhino. Less known is the pantheon’s smaller counterpart – the Little Five. 

This term was introduced by conservationists who wanted to draw attention to the smaller creatures of the bush, many of whom are just as fascinating (and perhaps harder to spot) than Africa’s larger animals. In a clever marketing quirk, the names of the Little Five animals correspond to those of the Big Five celebrities. In this way, the elephant becomes the elephant shrew, the buffalo becomes the buffalo weaver bird, and the leopard becomes the leopard tortoise.

Thank you for reading! I’m really missing Africa and can’t wait to go back. If you have any queries don’t hesitate to get in contact. Talk to me in the comments or the contact page about your own experiences with these incredible animals!

Love Ellie B xxx

The Foundation’s mission is to partner with these surrounding communities to improve their quality of life and achieve long-term conservation through its partnerships. By directly linking these benefits to tourism these communities learn to positively value wildlife and nature as resources for improving their well-being. Learn more and support the work being done here – http://www.africanbushcampsfoundation.org/about-us/

 

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