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 local communities 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 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: 24 children from Ekuzukekeni Neighourhood Care Point (NCP) aged between three and six years old.

The weather was: Sunny and bright.

Woman helper with boyCrocodile
We saw: Zebras, impalas, crocodiles, birds, fish, monkeys, tortoise and wildebeest. 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:
  • Viewing historic items at the museum.
  • We enjoyed our lunch.
  • Being away from the classroom was very exciting for once.

Group walking
Quotes from the day
"Was amazed at seeing crocodile for the first time in my life."
- Sinenkhosi Dlamini (age 6)

“It was scary at first but interesting to see dead animals at the museum, like the snake skin and funny animal bones.”
- Mangaliso Mnisi, (age 6)

“I saw a very old car with no wheels at the museum.”
- Alwande Mthembu (age 5)

“I saw a Swazi hut like my grandmother's hut at home and different animal bones.”
- Kwenziwe Mkhatjwa (age 6)

“We saw Swazi huts, a blue swimming pool and swings in the camping area.”
- Hlengiwe Ginindzei (age 6)

"I saw a small dam with crocodiles and a big swimming pool."
- Tandzile Mdluli (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.

Children on the bus
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