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Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:16 pm 
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hi forumites

i am a high school teacher and have recently been taken aback by my students' complete lack of knowledge and exposure to nature and wildlife. So i have been thinking about taking a small tour to the Kruger for some exposure. While i think we would spend a night or two in a camp, i was really keen to take the girls on a wilderness trail. However, the max for a wilderness trail is 8 people - i think i would have more takers than this. The girls are very well behaved and i imagine there would be me and another staff member accompanying the girls. Can anyone suggest of a wilderness trail that takes more than 8 people? or am i best to stay in the camps and organise wilderness walks and a few game drives.

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Hi ww29

When walking in the bush one does learn a great deal about nature; but one does not see that many animals. Maybe seeing this will be a first time trip for your students (you are an amazing teacher to do this btw :clap: :clap: ) including some driving around the park will show them more animals? Combined with a morning walk from camp?

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A morning walk and sunset drive will also do the world of good for those kids :thumbs_up:


Also 8 pax on a morning walk.
Sunset drive is no problem
But if you intend to take more kids on a walk more guides can be assigned.
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Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:38 pm 
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How many children will you hope to take .You could always split in two One teacher going for day walks with half the children
The big game drive vehicle takes 22 I think So you book the whole thing if needed .( book in advance ) A sunset drive would be great

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I would take a group of 1:7 teacher:scholar, so that they can be 'manageable' and get onto the activities.

Organizing accom is another thing!

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Eh, what age are the kids.... Minimum age is 12....

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Great idea ww29. Some adults cannot even point out Kruger on as SA map. It is good to expose kids to the wonders of nature at an early stage. I hope that all your plans work out well. And as you have seen, there is no shortage of advice here, the forum, internationally accepted as the only reliable source of info about our lovely parks.

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Hi

Thanks everyone for the kind words and suggestions - great help! always knew the forum was the best place to get the info i needed.

I have to put the proposal together but can't imagine there will be more than 15 - twenty girls. They are all in high school so over 12 years old (for walk).

dinkybird - you raise a good point about the walk and not seeing as much. i also just realised it might be important for these kids to be in cell phone range (for anxious parents) and a shop (these are kids used to Sandton so they will need to go buy a coke for their 'fix')

thanks Bert - i will send a PM when i have the go ahead from my headmistress. it would probably only be next year August so have enough time to book etc.

Think staying in the camps coupled with some game drives and walks would be the best option.


i'll let you know how i get on.

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My suggestion would be to ban Cell phones I think you would loose the purpose of the "bush" if you have the young ladies texting all day while you try to show them kruger .. Maybe every evening you can phone home .. to let everyone know all is well. Just my two cents worth.

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ww29,

I totally agree with Hugh :thumbs_up:

Don't allow phones on the trip, or you will constantly be moaning about them and the girls will be sidetracked.

You will not be away for more than a few days I presume, so let all the parents give you their numbers and YOU could call THEM in the event of the need.

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