Annual Children in the Wilderness Camp, Namibia

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Namibia had the honour of hosting the Hai//kom San children who originate from Etosha National Park and surrounding farms for the first time in December last year. The group consisted of 24 children and two teachers and stayed for a duration of three nights at camp.

The activities consisted of game drives within the Huab river were campers had the opportunity to see giraffes, oryx, elephants, lizards, mongooses as well as learn about various animal tracks. They also dug for water to learn about how wildlife survive in the northern Namibia desert when the riverbed is dry. The campers also visited Twyfelfontein rock engravings which is a renowned World Heritage Site where they learned about the Stone Age tools, communication, common food and shelter.

Nature walks, games, crafts and group work dominated the afternoon schedule while group work and presentations ended the full camp days. Another amazing surprise on the campers programme was the visit to the vibrant Damara Living Museum which was packed with traditional music, dancing, learning about local herbs, indigenous trees and tools used by the Damara/Nama people.

In camp the children go through topics such as conservation, culture, hygiene, sex education, nutrition, substance abuse, peer pressure, discipline, respect and the importance of having role models especially during puberty stage.

In the end, children returned home, inspired while others wished to remain at camp indefinitely.