Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary - travel journal

Trip group
We have worked with our partner in Swaziland, All Out Africa to devise a trip for children that attend the local Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) centres. These centres were started by the communities who live there and most of the children who attend have lost a parent, or in some cases are orphaned. As part of their curriculum, they have been studying wildlife. The children have never visited Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, despite living nearby, so this trip gives the children a chance to see up close some of the animals they have been learning about. Travelling by minibus and stopping for lunch ensures a fun-packed day out for the children plus they see some of the local sites and wildlife that too often, only tourists to their country have the privilege of viewing.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland is in Ezulwini Valley, located between Mbabane and Manzini. Translated as 'Little Fire' in siSwati, its name comes from the fires started by lightening which struck on the Mlilwane Hill. The Sanctuary started a conservation movement in Swaziland that saved many species from local extinction.

Date: 17 March 2017

Explorers: 21 children from Ekuzukekeni Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between 3 and 6 years old

The weather was: Sunny and bright

SpringbokLooking up in wonderment
We saw: Springbok, zebras’ imphala, crocodile, birds, monkeys and horses. NCP children got the chance to walk around the campsite and were amazed with the clean toilets.

We ate: Rice, chicken with salad and juice (orange, peach and apple)

Some of our favourite parts of the day:
  • Being away from the classroom and seeing a lot of different wildlife animals
  • We enjoyed our lunch and juice

Lunch
Wildebeest
Quotes from the day
Wow Wow Wow Wowwwwwwww
- Banele Ginindza (age 6)

“It was wonderful to see big mountains and rivers. And I saw a crocodile for the first time today”
- Busiswa Dludlu, (age 6)

“We saw beautiful and clean flush toilets”
- Melokuhle Dlamini (age 4)

“I saw a guide riding a bicycle with other riders on the day”
- Nokwandziswa Mangwe (age 5)

“We saw Swazi huts, blue swimming pool and swings area the camping area”
- Hlengiwe Ginindzei (age 6)
All Out Africa logoAbout our Partner organisation: All Out Africa is a social enterprise comprising of a group of companies and a non-profit based in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. It caters to people looking for a wide variety of African experiences from volunteering, tours, research, internships, and University field studies, whilst at the same time, building sustainable long-term projects.

All Out is serious about giving back to the community and the environment. That is why they set up a Foundation to help expand and sustain their project development, which include support to the six care centres for vulnerable children, a sports development program for local children and youth, community building projects, child sponsorship program to support vulnerable children at primary and high school levels to assist them with school requirements, and facilitate conservation research projects at the wildlife and marine research centres. All Out shares their passion for Southern Africa’s people, places and wildlife with the world and offers adventures that change lives.

Group infront of minibus
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Impala
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