project review

Loving the African Adventure!

Review submitted by Luanne Crawley
Review date 4 Nov 2010


The past four weeks here at Sayari have flown by. Field work has taken up most mornings, leaving us free to lazy afternoons in the sun. There has been a few extremely challenging walks for the elephant transects, but the amazing views made it worthwhile! Last week we we’re lucky enough to come across a herd of Buffalo and a herd of Sable antelope about 200m away – awesome feeling knowing that they’re completely wild! We also saw two Bushbuck sprinting in front of us!

Life around camp has been good fun with party nights and chilled out days. We celebrated my birthday with an amazing chocolate cake made with potatoes – yes potatoes!!  We’ve also been spoilt with a feast of Hartebeest which the game guards took three days to hunt, a much appreciated change from rice and beans! We’ve seen lots of forest fires around as the hottest time of the year approaches – some very close to camp but great to see the fire break doing it’s job.  Often we’ve heard hyenas throughout the night and also the game guards have said to of heard elephants and a leopard!

We’ve had a few visits to the local town for our weekly resupply and have been through a few of the villages meeting some of the locals and greeting all the children as they run up to the truck screaming and waving as they seem so happy to see us, it never fails to put a smile on our faces.

The next few weeks events are very exciting with my dissertation plans well under way and also having 10 young Tanzanians join us on camp for the next two weeks to take part in BTEC qualifications; another aspect in which we’re hoping our conservation efforts will be integrated into the local communities. Lots of small mammal trapping, bat trapping throughout the night and more village work are all still on the agenda! Loving the African Adventure!

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