By: Moleboheng Mokhatla and Yougeshini Periasawmy (Grade 8 Co-Ordinator’s)
On 25 March, OWLAG’s Grade 8 students embarked on their very first Grade tour. The girls and their co-ordinators bid farewell to Henley-on-Klip with songs and chants, creating an atmosphere of pure excitement in the bus.
As soon as we got on the road, girls were asking if we were there yet, unaware that we had about seven hours travel time on the bus. After a few pitstops and a settlement lesson by Mr. Tervit, we arrived at Skukuza camp in the Kruger National Park.
The energy levels were still high as we settled in and went for dinner at the camp. This was followed by days of exploring nature, learning about the Mpumalanga province, the people, and most importantly, taking selfies at every opportunity we got.
On the first day of the tour, we visited the Kruger Museum, did a drive around the park and spotted a few animals before we headed to Sabaan camp in Hazyview, which became our home for the rest of the tour. We also stopped by Elephant Sanctuary for an interactive and educational session about their two elephants, Kitso and Casper.
The next morning we took part in strategic games aimed at building good relationships and a stronger bond as sisters, including ziplining and a session of archery at Induna Adventures in Hazyview. For the rest of the tour, we visited God’s Window in Kranskop, the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels, the Berlin and Lisbon falls, Bourkes Luck Potholes and went trout fishing on our last day of the tour.
As we left Sabie and drove through the misty mountain landscape, the quietness settled until we stopped for food in Middelburg and the singing started – it’s interesting what food can do. We made it back on campus just after 8:00 pm, with gratitude and most importantly wiser and more informed.