Once we returned to our camp, we left for the next one. On the drive, we saw a cheetah and a baby cheetah lying together, which was very cute. When we arrived, we saw baboons and a warthog walking by, completely unfazed that we were there. In the afternoon, we went on a game drive. We were so excited because we finally found elephants! After spotting many more animals, we went to the hyena den and found a couple of them lying outside. After watching them for a while, we went back to our camp, had dinner and went to sleep.
The following morning, we saw many more animals on our game drive and left for our fourth and final camp. We learned that in the whole area there are only eight male lions. No wonder it had been hard to find them! At the camp, we sat around the fire for a while altogether, played cards and eventually went to sleep in our tents.
On September 29th, we woke up at 5 am, packed our bags and left Botswana. All of us agreed that we were sorry to leave, but that we couldn’t wait for the conference to start! Overall, we learned so much on the trip about the wildlife in the Savannah. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime! — Danielle Cutler ’18 and Meghan Fersten ’18
After a flight to Frankfurt where we had a 12-hour layover, another long flight to Johannesburg and a seven-hour bus ride, we, and seven other students arrived in Botswana on September 25th to commence our adventurous journey in the Savannah. During the jeep ride to our destination called Tuli Wilderness, we were in shock when we saw zebras on the side of the road. That made us realize that we were truly in Africa! When we arrived at our camp, we were all exhausted after our 48 hours of travel, but our night was not over. We had a quick dinner and bonded at the campfire with the two other schools that we would be spending the next few days with. We then went to bed in our cabins, listening to all kinds of different animals outside, while once again amazed by where we were in the world!
The following morning, we woke up at 5:30 am to have a quick breakfast and go on our first game drive. We saw so many animals including wildebeests, impalas, kudus, crocodiles, guinea fowl and hyenas! We got out of the truck multiple times to get a closer look at footprints and animal tracks. We also learned many interesting facts from the tour guides about all the animals we saw.
Once we returned from the game drive we left for our second camp. Since it was very hot in the middle of the day, the animals did not come out so we stayed at camp and played card games, continuing to bond with the other schools. Finally in the afternoon, we left for our second game drive. This time, in addition to the animals we saw in the morning, we also saw giraffes! Once the sun had set, we had dinner in an open area in the middle of the Savannah and it was beautiful. That night, we slept in tents in a fairly open area. Our guides told us that it is common for elephants and lions to walk through the campsite during the night. It was a little scary! Danielle Cutler ’18 and Meghan Fersten ’18