Karongwe Nature Reserve service trip
From Sunday 28 August to Thursday 2 September, 15 St Mary’s girls (Forms II, III and IV), Ms Quix and I went on a trip to the Karongwe Nature Reserve near Hoedspruit to learn about the South African bush and do community service in the local community. We learned about poaching and trophy hunting, and how to identify trees, birds, reptiles, snakes and invertebrates. We spent a morning at the Hoedspruit reptile centre, went on game drives and walked in the bush. The girls saw lots of game including porcupine, cheetah, lion and a leopard. They also saw a Narina Trogon. We learned about animal spoor and had an astronomy evening. The girls worked in the community at Mmakadi Crèche, teaching children the alphabet and songs. They also worked at the Seeds of Light Feeding programme, harvesting and preparing vegetables from the permaculture garden and served and fed children from the community.