It is only the second day of my adventure with EHRA, but I already know that this experience will be the best of my life.
The people are amazing, the staff is wonderful and the landscapes are speechless. If one person tries this foundation they would understand what a dream I am actually living in.
Gabriel Tasso, 03/11/2015
Its Swiss and German simples!!!
Dr Rajesh Dasi
We start the day in bed, with coffee which I obviously want to drink. Building a wall seems simple but collecting the heavy rocks is not as easy, especially in the African sun. However it made me realize how we take things for granted. It also opened a window to experience the life people in Africa live, especially when it’s very hot and there is only little water (because I didn’t get the opportunity to take shower in 3 days)
It’s good to experience why everything in Africa is Hakuna matata(no problems) when the vehicle broke, our popular Adolf drove back to drove back to the base camp to get parts and fixed it all on the same day
Today was our second day of patrol and much better once we got rid of the French film crew. So far we’ve seen elephants on both patrol days and it has been AMAZING! Yesterday afternoon we saw Tsaurab, one of the bulls in one herd. He was so close we heard the water sloshing as he was drinking!
So far the trip has been brilliant with a great group of people, although a bit much some of the time!!! Waking up as the sun rises with tea and going to bed under the stars is beautiful.
This afternoon we went to find the herd again because one of the babies had fallen in a septic tank. Thankfully it was on-probably just a bit smelly. We tracked the herd for a while. I watched them wander off to find more water with the Brandberg Mountain as the background. It was so beautiful! This trip has been such an awesome experience. I wish I could stay for longer but I will definitely be back.
Hannah Hartman, 21, England
I expected to see stunning landscapes. And yes, I did.
I expected to work pretty hard. And it was actually even harder than I expected it to be, but I liked it.
I expected to track wildlife and have the time to observe elephants in the desert, and yes we did. And with a guide like Chris, you get answers to questions you never dared to ask.
What I honestly did not expect is that this is also a stunning wild and interesting experience in sharing time (27/7) with people who were total strangers only 10 days ago. You eat with them, cook with them, sleep next to them and get to know them in a way that usually takes weeks or months – here it all happens within a couple days.
Alison Van Der Linden (“Sheila”)
Today is Wednesday of “patrol week”. We got up early to head out and drove for 6+ hours to get to our final campsite – seeing kudu, oryx, Meerkat and herds of Zebra on the way. (Sadly no elephants or Rhino today – yet) Incredible changing landscapes kept us occupied the rest of the day.
Yesterday near the White lady lodge we saw and tracked the “Mama Africa” herd, which had just had a scare when one of the young calves had fallen into a drain. After finding and following the herd we determined that it was okay and back with the herd.(Thank goodness!)
I’ve really enjoyed my time with EHRA thus far. I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming from Australia, much of the info I received beforehand was second hand. I was a little worried about the heat, working outside and also being much older than the other participants (i.e. /not being able to relate to each other). But the experience has been amazing and exceeded all explanations! The work was hard (physical) and it was hot – but I could have expected that. The group has been a blast – a real mix of ages, gender and nationalities, including the hilarious “swiss boys” on their gap year. Between us we’ve stayed motivated during build week and comradely in patrol week. Hopefully I’ve made some lifelong friends (Chris included,haha) and made a difference to the Desert elephant population in Namibia!!
Thank you EHRA for all the wonderful, positive work that do and our GRAP/Project leaders Chris and Donna (Doner))
Keep up the fantastic work!
(I’m still threatening to send my parents over to do the program soon)
Ali(Alison) van Der Linden
From Dubbo, Australia
It is the last night of my second patrol week. Having been with EHRA for almost four weeks now, I have had the pleasure of sharing many great memories with lovely people from all around the world. Living out in nature for such a long time must have been the best thing I have done. So far every single time someone spots an animal I still get a rush of excitement , it is wonderful to see so many different animals in their habitat and being “allowed “to stay close by – especially with the Elephants.
I think the most important thing I have learned out here thus far was respect. Respect for nature, animals and more. Seeing the herd with the calf that had an “accident” showed me that as a human you might want to get in between, see how it is doing, help it and care for it. But as a fact it is not always necessary or needed. We should respect the ways of nature, boundaries that are existing between humans and elephants. Leaving that and appreciating it, I guess that is what EHRA is about. It’s the relation and not the relationship which should be protected for a good existence.
Sorry, going too deep….again! Loving it! Loving halftime 4 more weeks to go!