As this week was such a short one, Gill and I thought that it would be wonderful to go to Tala Game reserve to meet some of these animals....and what an amazing time we had!
We couldn't have asked for a better day, it was warm and sunny just perfect for being outdoors and enjoying nature. It was great that so many of my mums came along to spend the day, it made it even more special!
On our arrival the two classes were split up for activities. Whilst Gills class went on a game drive, we stayed at the picnic spot to do an insect trail and snake experience. When they returned we swopped over and went on the game drive.
The children learnt so much, but it was very rewarding for me to see how much my class had remembered from class and how they could impress the facilitators!
The insect trail allowed the children to get up close and look at different insects. The guides then took the children on a wonder around to look for insects. They even showed them out to 'shoot' buck droppings by spitting them as far as they could! The boys' group even found a baby snake!
One of the most exciting activities was the snake experience. The children got to meet and learn about a Night Adder which was venous and they couldn't touch, as well as a Brown House Snake which they could touch. Keshav was even brave enough to hold it!
Everyone got to hold a baby tortoise which was so much fun.
The facilitators had a BIG surprise for us all, and it was just perfect... a python!! Although it was an albino Burmese Python, we had learnt about pythons all last week so it was fantastic that the children got to see one so close up.
I must say I was impressed at how brave everyone was. It was such a "lovely' snake to touch and some of the children even gave it a hug! The girls decided that it should be named Sunflower because of its colouring!
|Jess was the first to give it a hug!|
|Well done to Jess' mum who was brave|
enough to hold "Sunflower'!
|She was pretty long!|
|and rather heavy!|
|Mikhaeel was a little unsure!|
|Some more hugs!|
After a quick snack it was our turn for the game drive. We had some good sightings and JC our guide told us lots of interesting information about the various animals that we came across.
|JC explaining about the animals.|
|Two mothers with their babies.|
|This hungry hippo just wanted to stay underwater and eat!|
|Lazy rhinos, lazing in the sun.|
|An ostrich having a sand bath.|
|one of my favourites|
|checking for the perfect shot!|
The last activity that we did, and I cant believe how many children couldn't wait to do this.....was swim. The water was freezing, but never the less both classes had a lot of fun!