25 September 2014
It is very good here, it is hot and we are working hard. The people are very happy with the wall. The food is good and Chris is a mad person. I had a great time here and I hope that I come back in the future.
Jeanne 69 years
Thursday, 26 Sept 2014
We came on Monday from Villa Wiese in Swakopmund and today is the last day of building week. We finished the wall which was started by the last group. The people are happy. The wall is about 1.75 – 1.80m high and we hope strong enough for the elephants. So everybody is happy. It was a hot day, but not as hot as the other days. My husband put the shoes on and fastened them. I helped him and we also had to collect stones (big flat ones are the best) and sand.
At the end of the day you are a very dirty person. You have to clean yourself with baby wipes. But there is a good, healthy dinner in the evening. You will enjoy everything here, except the heat!!!
But just come and enjoy yourselves. We also have a tracking week
Love from Betty and Hans den Hartog from Holland
Tuesday 30th September
Here I am. At the same camping spot as two weeks ago. The one where I had to pee in front of a tourist bus heading towards the White Lady Lodge. We woke up at 06h45 and had porridge (with syrup, cinnamon and peanut butter) to the view of an even more wonderful sun rise. Tracking the elephants was not that easy today, it seemed as if they were all hiding. We passed for lunch and I slept as a baby (snoring as my grandpa). After lunch the elephants appeared. But no dung. We waited and waited patiently, but still dung. 17h10 we headed towards the White Lady Lodge and bought some beer and used proper toilets. Now we’re waiting for the dinner to get done; Thai curry. Everyone had their (wet wipe) shower and was just relaxing. Hope we get more dung tomorrow!!!
Just realized I’m almost 6 weeks down which means I’ve only got 2 more. Feels strange. EHRA has become my home here. But I’m also looking forward to 5 weeks of adventures
Ida from Sweden
Tuesday, September 30th
Today we were surrounded by elephants. Everywhere we looked, more elephants. Elephants eating, elephants sleeping , elephants checking out how well the car is built.
After a week of hot, dirty physical work building a much-needed wall for the local farming community, elephant-watching is a great reward. The weather has been hot and cold but the food is always hot.
This is a hot holiday for everyone but if you can love and care for elephants and are not afraid of physical activity, this programme is for you. There is so much to learn and so much to do to help the Desert Elephants of Namibia.
What do you do when an elephant (Kambonde) puts his trunk on you knee? Enjoy every second of it!
Here to Mamma Afrika!
Daina from Canada
October 1st 2014 Wednesday (and night before)
Last night was quite eventful. After dinner a herd of elephants (Mamma Africa) walked past our camp in the riverbed. We moved to the top of the cars to have a safe view. After a short while we could safely go to bed.
Suddenly I woke up at four in the morning because someone was talking in her sleep. The fire was out and I suddenly heard cracking branches. I first thought it was Chris but he was sound asleep. The elephant passed us at a safe distance (30 meters). Then I heard another cracking sound……another one…….but this one moved closer and closer to camp. More people started to wake up. The huge elephant passed our camp fire at half a meter (our camp at 5 meters) and slowly walked away. Very exciting!!! Next morning we had breakfast and the whole herd (Mamma Africa) walked passed us again on their way back to the Ugab. What a great start of the day.
Sander Bosch – Holland
Wednesday, 1st of October
Today was a really elephantastic day. It started already at 4 o’clock am when an elephant bull came for a night visit to our camp fire. Laying on the ground he seemed even bigger. That was quite impressive! And just before breakfast the whole Mamma Africa herd passed our camp on their way back to the riverbed. Still in our pyjamas we had to climb on top of our cars top have a save view. That was an amazing way to start the day.
After breakfast we followed the herd with our cars while watching some of them. An young bull named Kambonde sneaked up from behind, so Chris couldn’t see him early enough to drive away. After sniffing around in the car he found my bag of snacks. I tried to hold it back when he grapped it with his trunk out, he was just too strong. He snatched the bag from my hands and dropped it on the ground. My crackers and the bag of apples disappeared straight away in his mouth, but the dried fruits and the dehydration powder he spit out. Chris tried to scare him away by clapping his hands and screaming but it didn’t bother him at all. So we finally had to move the car to get rid of him.
In the afternoon we had another great elephant experience when Medusa walked straight towards our cars just turning around at the last moment to eat from a nearby tree. She was just 3 meters away from us so we could watch her perfectly while she ate.
That was another great experience of many others we had with EHRA.
Meriam Möri, Switzerland and Milena Zurmuhl, Germany
2 October 2014-10-07
Thank you for the lesson of the elephants. I had a good time here. The food was wonderful and the stone collecting was also good!
Jane 69. Holland