Annual Namibia Eco-Club Camp at Desert Rhino Camp

This month I had an incredible opportunity to join the CITW Namibia Team on their annual camps. 

Over eight days, 47 amazing children from three schools were hosted at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp, located in the Palmwag Concession.  The whole environment was just extraordinary.  The children were warmly welcomed with song and dance by the Eco-Mentors and camp staff.

How to construct a Tippy Tap – importance of clean hands and saving water
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-5
Sport in the Wilderness – learning importance of teamwork from natures best hunters, the African Wild dog
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-5

Once settled, the concept of ‘us and them’ was non-existent, only a strong feeling of unity.   Together we learn, together we grow, together we conserve, together we take ownership of our natural world.  

Wilderness Safaris guide Reichie teaching the children more on how Namibia’s national plant, Welwitschia mirabillis, is adapted to survive arid conditions
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-5

Activities (environmental talks, leadership talks game drives, nature walks, team building, games) were all about sharing knowledge and ideas, education in a practical, interactive and fun way.  The children were so excited to see and learn about new animals, new plants and discover how the different parts of the ecosystem are all interdependent, including themselves.  There were many enquiring questions on how they could take action at home, especially with regards to conserving water. 

Children completing Camp Workbook activities
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-5

The children were also intrigued by the important work Save the Rhino Trust are doing.

Campfire – celebrating with dancing, singing and fruit juice after a memorable camp together
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-5

Thank you to all who contributed, what an awesome team effort, I am proud to be a part of the CITW Wilderness Safaris family.

Olympus Photography – Explorations guide Abner Simeon teaching children to use the camera
Camera: Olympus Tough TG-5

Post by: Kirsty van der Want – CITW Programme Trainer