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14th May 2014


Patrol week is everything and more. We have seen a lot of elephants and other animals such as giraffes, Oryx and Ostriches. Of course some cows and goats passed our camp. Patrol is about elephants but not only, it’s also about how to survive in the dessert. Now we know how to cook and eat a snake and to catch some fishes with a scarf. We caught them for the pool at base camp. Hopefully they will survive the rest of the trip.

 

 

We have realised that we don’t need that much out here, if you only have wet wipes you will survive!


Emelie and Theresa

 

 

16th May 2014 – Leaving Base camp


Africa gets under your skin. The heat, dust, sand and smells start to invade your senses, take over your system and run through your veins. In a few short weeks the dry river beds of the Ugab and the Huab fee like home, the strangers you have met are your friends, and the cycle of totally different way of life becomes your own. Returning to EHRA after 10 years has felt like a homecoming, and I have felt blessed to have been able to do so. I have been re-awakened. I have felt again the pulse of the desert; the beating heat of the mid-day sun, the breezes blowing through the Mopani’s, and the Ana trees, the chirping of the armored crickets in the bush. I have re-discovered the heartbeat of Damaraland in the low-pitched rumbling of the elephant herd as it communicates over kilometers of bush, rocks, sand and grasses. Waking in the cool sharp light of pre-dawn each morning and watching the sun pull warmth, and golden light into each day has been a benediction. Falling asleep each night under a pattered quilt of stars, with a backdrop of campfire embers and rocks still holding the heat of the day has been a blessing. And between the rise and set of the African sun there is the friendship and camaraderie found in shared work and living space, the laughter and knowledge and stories passed between your guides and your fellow volunteers. The comfort of having given something back to this land, its people, its wildlife and its very existence. We are here to make a difference – we are making a difference; that knowledge is what we take away. Thank you EHRA – see you again soon.


Jill. Hampshire, England