Wednesday, 28 September 2011

OTS safari guests take time out to visit a local school

On Track Safari guests, Penny and Chris Riggot and Charlotte and Mark Boughton from the UK, took time out from their Wildlife Safari last week, to visit one of the rural schools that we support.
Pictured with a pupil at Bosfontein Primary, they were shown the new IT room that we have helped to build for the school. Enabling pupils to reach out from their isolated rural community and get in touch with other children around the world as well as learning essential IT skills that we hope will serve them well in future years..
All four guests had a great afternoon at the school and have pledged their support, hoping to raise some donations once they return to the UK.
Although Bosfontien school needs to survive on a budget of less than $6,000/year  there is a great spirit amongst pupils and teachers alike. The atmosphere is one laughter coupled with a desire to learn, which is inspiring to all who visit. Their path out of poverty is not an easy one, but we know that with help from our safari guests such as Penny, Chris, Mark and Charlotte we will be able to help the pupils to enjoy a brighter future.
Written by
Carol Fox
Manager On Track Safaris.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Evans family enjoy an On Track Safari

Lynn, Emily and Justin Evans were first to enjoy our new family safari package. They contacted us earlier in the year looking for a special family holiday, so we put together a safari package that provided something for Mum and Dad as well as Emily aged thirteen.
They had heard of our family safaris when we made the UK's Daily Telegraph top 100 family holidays last year. Lynn held on to the cutting (we actually knew nothing about it) and got in touch.

After fouteen days where they visited Shiduli, the Kruger Park, Zuelika Country House and of-course our base at Black Leopard Camp, they were dropped off at Johannesburg airport on Sunday evening for their overnight flight home. Poor Justin was due at work at 9am the next day, but somehow Emily had wrangled a day off school.
Lynn, Emily and Justin are now firm friends and supporters of our work in conservation. They have already booked to come back next year (securing a safari at our 2011 prices, Justin isn't daft). Apparently Emily will be bringing her two best friends with her, who have already followed the safari on face book and Skype. The 'oh's and ah's' and 'wish we there's' came over on her Skype call every time Emily spun the camera around to show her friends in England the African views from her African lodges, so we feel like we know them already.

Written by Carol Fox