In early December, using a grant from the Elephant Charge,
we took a group of our sponsored kids on a 5 day safari to Kafunta River Lodge. But with 120 sponsored kids and limited places how did we choose who to take? Well, we asked them to write an original story with a moral about conservation and picked the writers of the best 25.
Although these kids live on the edge of one of Africa’s best National Parks they rarely, if ever, venture over the Luangwa River and get a chance to see the wildlife. Most often their wildlife encounters are when an elephant raids their fields and destroys a whole years’ worth of maize. At ‘Kis in the Wild’ we encourage them to understand that the wildlife and surrounding environment is their future and if they disappear, through poaching or deforestation, they will no longer have tourism bringing an income to the area.
'Kids in the Wild 2012' was just as successful as last year; and the friendly and dedicated staff at Kafunta make everyone welcome. The kids went on game drives, swam in the pool, played endless games and generally enjoyed the luxury of the chalets and lodge life. For many it was their first time to see some of the animals as well as their first taste of Western food. When asked if they enjoyed themselves everyone gave Kafunta a big ‘thumbs up’. THANK YOU Kafunta.
If you’d like to see a short film about this scheme click here for ‘Kids in the Wild 2011’.