Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary - travel journal

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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, the name comes from the fires started by lightning which struck Mlilwane Hill. The sanctuary started a conservation movement in Swaziland that has saved many species from local extinction.

Date: 31 March 2017

Explorers: 17 children from Mvutjni Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between three and six years old.

The weather was: Sunny and bright.

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We saw: Zebras, impalas, crocodiles, monkeys, wildebeest and springbok. The NCP children walked around the campsite and also viewed the museum within the campsite.

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

Some of our favourite parts of the day:
  • The walk around the historic museum and viewing the items stored there.
  • We enjoyed our lunch
  • Very exciting to be away from the classroom.

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Children on a tyre swing
Quotes from the day
We, as teachers and kids, were so excited to get the opportunity to visit that place because we observed a lot of different animals. We interviewed the kids about what we saw at Mlilwane. They said the following;

"I saw zebras and I was excited."
- Nhlakanipho (age 5)

"I actually saw a real crocodile."
- Owethu (age 6)

"We saw buffalos for once with my classmate and friend."
- Phiwo (age 6)

"We saw giraffes with my friends on this field trip."
- Lindo (age 6)

"I saw a springbok and was amazed."
- Sonkhe (age 6)

"Even now the kids ask when will they visit Mlilwane again because they are still excited about the trip. Everytime when they see the All Out Africa minibus they shout out “We went to go to Mlilwane!" The children who did not make it on the first trip continue to ask when they will get the opportunity to visit the game park. Also, as teachers we are so grateful to get the opportunity to visit Mlilwane, because we have never seen these animals in real life and have always viewed them via TV and books, etc. Thank you All Out Africa and Responsible Travel!"
- Mvutjini NCP
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.

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Child on minibus
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Children on minibus
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