Day-Trip to the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve

KROMDRAAI, GAUTENG – This past Saturday, 27 September 2014, as part of Heritage Month, we took 40 kids from both the Catherine Robson Children’s Home in the Vaal and Polokong Children’s Village in Evaton on an educational day-trip to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve and Wonder Cave near the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site.

After much of their time being spent indoors or at school, they were very excited to witness some of the wonders at the reserve.

Upon arrival, our volunteers handed out snacks and cold-drinks to keep the kids refreshed on the hot day. We then took them on a guided tour around the reserve, where they had the opportunity to see some of the wild animals in the various demarcated areas – Brown and White Lions, Cheetahs, Wild Dogs, Buffaloes, Rhinos, and more.

After that, we took them to the Wonder Cave, which is the third largest cave chamber in South Africa, and believed to be 2.2 billion years old. The cave itself was discovered in the late 19th century by Italian miners who excavated limestone, used to make cement. Mining stopped during second Boer War, and never continued. The cave was then rediscovered by South Africans in 1991, at which point it became a popular tourist destination. [Source: Wikipedia]

After the tour, the children came back to the “Visitor’s Centre” and were treated to a prepared meal, and ice-cream and refreshments, before browsing the Reptile Park, home to some of the deadliest and awe-inspiring snakes and spiders, and other areas in the centre.

As always, we’d like to send out a huge thanks to the various sponsors involved in making this educational event possible. Once again, we’re happy to report that the kids had a great time on the day, and are very grateful that we could do this for them.

About our Excursion Fund:

AAAKEE’s original, founding goal was to provide children from various orphanage homes with the sights, smells, and guided tours of some of the most remarkable places in South Africa. We believe that it is essential for these children to learn about the things that walk and talk outside of human society.

Over the years, we’ve taken over 850 children to various destinations in SA, mostly in Gauteng.

Detailed information about the Fund is available in our Organisation Profile.

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