Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

Through the eyes of volunteer coordinator and crazy cat lady, Sharon

Magical forests with mystical elephants September 26, 2012

Filed under: elephants,knysna,Out & about,volunteering,youth — shadreyer @ 6:07 am
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South African National Parks had a free entry week for all their national parks so we took the youth from Sinethemba Youth Development center for a day trip. About 17 kilometers down the dirt road in the direction of Uniondale lies the Diep Walle museum and the big tree. The museum gives an idea of what those first timber farmers and wood cutters must have lived like. A hard life not for the faint hearted! In the museum also stands a skeleton of a large bull elephant. One of the few remains of the legendary Knysna elephants. What to me was so amazing is the fact that his skeleton was found about 10 years after he died despite being in an area fairly close to one of our national road.
After the museum visit we took the Sinethemba Youth to the Big Tree. This famous tree is one of SA’s national trees, the Yellowwood. The age of the tree is estimated at between 650 and 800 years old. It is the oldest Yellowwood in the country. Sadly the older ones,which were in the age of a 1000 years old, were cut down a long time ago. The Big Tree though is safe, part of our national heritage and stands as a monument of our past.

Such a great day out and the guys really enjoyed it, the history, the fresh air and the beautiful nature surrounding us

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Anisah August 23, 2012

Filed under: volunteering,youth — shadreyer @ 4:34 pm
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Anisah has returned to Knysna, South Africa and will be volunteering at a local youth development center. When I fetched her at the end of her day she was so excited! She had such a great day and will be running their arts & crafts program, getting involved with sports programs and flexing her previous counseling skills and psychology degree with assisting on the Adolescent development program run in a local disadvantaged primary school with youth at risk in their Grade 7 year. I’m so pleased how she’s ‘grabbed the ball’ with both hands and is running with it!!!