Into the Lion’s Den (Literally)

Saturdays are a day off from the daily routine, where we participate in a completely different activity. Today's activity was cleaning out the lion's enclosure. To do this, Meatball and Goballina (the two lions) had to be sedated. As you can expect, it's not safe to tidy up a lion's habitat whilst the lions are… Read More

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Feeding Cheetahs & Leopards

After getting to know the African wild dogs and Lucky the three-legged cheetah that morning, it was time to get to know some of the reserve's other rescues. This included over 12 cheetahs, another wild dog and a leopard. They were all due their daily feeding and I was going to be taking part in… Read More

Friday, 2 August 2013

Meeting African Wild Dogs

It was Friday, the last working day of the week. As I ate breakfast, I was thrilled to discover that I had two very exciting activities lined up for the day. The first of which was patrolling the enclosures of some of the key animals in the reserve: the African Wild Dogs and Lucky, the… Read More

Orphaned Caracal Cub Arrives

On the evening after my caracal walk, I got to meet another caracal. A tiny caracal cub had been rescued. I assume the mother had been killed and the poor defenceless cub was left an orphan. The cub was so young, it hadn't even opened its eyes. A few of us volunteers were fortunate enough… Read More

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Taking a Caracal for a Walk

I awoke to my third day in Namibia, again at 6.30. It's not so bad getting up early when you know the day ahead of you is going to be an adventure. I got up and headed down to the volunteer base area where I have my morning cup of tea and some breakfast. I… Read More

Arriving at N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary

After 3 plane journeys and over a day's worth of travelling, I finally arrived in Namibia. Since visiting Africa last year, in 2012, I had been determined to go back. In fact, as soon as I got back from Zambia last year, I almost immediately booked my trip to Namibia. Namibia was my first solo… Read More

Tuesday, 30 July 2013