Monday, 15 July 2019 08:59

Thelma can see again!

Last week our volunteers that Thelma, one of the children that stayed with us for the week, couldn't see well. Volunteer Maria "Madu" jumped in right away to help her.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 11:19

Akani Mtini

This week we had a wonderful child stay with us called Akani. She is 13 years old and comes from Maahlamele School in the Oaks Village. 


Akani was the only student in last weeks group to receive excellent feedback from the volunteers in all subjects during the week including English, Maths, Politeness & Respect and Animals & Nature. She was also a very talented storyteller and on her last night amazed the children, volunteers and staff by telling a beautiful story with so much courage and enthusiasm. 


Some of the children in her group had misbehaved when she was here and refused to sleep on several occasions. Akani responded to this by writing a letter of apology to DAKTARI once she returned home. In her letter she said "I had a very beautiful wonderful and marvelous week at DAKTARI, I cant wait to grow up and make my own game reserve where I can put my animals and make a hotel so that when people come they can sleep there." Below is her full letter. 



"Dear Daktari Bush School, 


I know you are all fine so there's no need for me to greet you. First I want to tell you how much I love you all, I love you so much and I can't mention how I miss you. 


I just want to say thank you for the love that you gave me, respect, kindness, patience cant' mention what you taught me and inspires me to do. I had a very beautiful and marvelous week at Daktari I can't wait to grow up and make my own game reserve where I can put my animals and make a hotel so that when people come they can sleep there. 


I can feel you are surprised but don't worry I will come and donate at Daktari it will depend on how much money you want :) 


I wish I could reverse days at Daktari so that I could come back and have a good behavior. I have realized my behavior was bad and I'm really sorry for other things I have done wrong (I wish I was God so that I could reverse days :) ) So I'm not and I will never reverse days. I promise that if I go to other reserves I will behave because I learn a lot from Daktari. 


You know what Daktari volunteers keep up the good work, respect, kindness, love and know your worth to keep on QUEENING. I miss you guys I really really miss you. 


From your loved one, 

Akani Mtini"  


Wednesday, 25 October 2017 01:03

A Letter From the Children


Last week we received a beautiful letter from three children describing their experience at DAKTARI. It is always amazing receiving messages like this. Thank you Wesly, Percevierence and Gabriel for sending this to us! The text of the letter is written out below: 


"To DAKTARI Owners and Volunteers, 

It is a great pleasure for us to write this letter to you. We really enjoyed our week at Daktari. It was nice to us from you Daktari. 


First of all we would like to thank you for the knowledge you have given us and we really appreciate it. You guys taught us to respect, love and take care of everything that exists in the world. You gave us something that we needed to know for our whole life and that is the knowledge of animals. Before we came to DAKTARI we didn't know the dangers that can be caused by the dirty environment. We didn't know the importance of keeping the environment clean but right now we know because you were out there to teach us and give us this knowledge. 


One more thing we did not know it was about animals and we know nothing about animals and we was thinking that animals are not important to us, they are just useless earth's creature but right now you guys helped us to see that they are useful and they need to be loved and protected just like us. Daktari is such a wonderful place with love, respect, peace and good care. We will never forget Daktari and we would like to visit Daktari again. 


You taught us many good thing and we really appreciate them. God bless you for all of your life keep on going like this. We really need to come back to Daktari because we want to show you we learned a lot from you. Please we begging you because when we see the photos of Daktari we just remember how nice it was in there and its education. 


Yours Sincerely, 

Wesly, Percevierence and Gabriel" 


Monday, 27 July 2015 19:34

Crashing the Creche

DAKTARI Outreach on the Road!


As the students of the high schools were enjoying their well-deserved holidays, that meant no Eco Club for 3 weeks. However, this is not a reason for us to sit back! That is why we decided to visit Mmakadi Crèche in The Oaks village. Accompanied by a lot of volunteers and some rabbits we had a great afternoon with the toddlers. We transformed their faces into beautiful animals, taught them how to pet rabbits and played a throw-the-rubbish-game. In the end, the children took the stage to sing their national anthem and an anti-poaching song. Yep, that’s right, not even 4 years old and they know their anthem… that is what we call dedication! In exchange for these wonderful performances, the volunteers sang our custom-made DAKTARI song using the animal names in Sepedi, the local language! ‘DAKTARI has diphôôfôlô (donkey), E-I-E-I-O…’


Gabi with the children


One of the volunteers, Gabi (USA), was kind enough to share with us a few words about her experience with these younger children! Read it below!

“I was fortunate enough to have been able to go to the crèche during my stay at DAKTARI. We went to face-paint the children and sing them a song that the outreach manager wrote that included animal names in Sepedi (the local language). It was beautiful to see how culturally enriched the children are at such a young age. They sang the South African National Anthem to us and also danced. They put on skirts made of cloth and danced around a chair while a woman sang and played the drums. The children were shy at first but then they opened up after we started face painting them. After one design on their cheek, they wanted one on the other cheek, then their hand. I drew hearts all over their arms and they loved it. They were of ages 2 and older. They were all so loving and warm. A little girl and I got into a tickle fight for 30 minutes! She and the rest of the children made my heart smile. They all made me forget the concept of time and simply enjoy the moment of being there."


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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 12:42

And the winner is...

Karabo Banthodleng! 

Karabo, the winner of the week! As you know, every Friday one of the children that have been at DAKTARI is chosen by the volunteers who have taught them over the week. The award is given to the child who the volunteers have seen improve the most over the week, not the 'best' one. The award is meant to continue with our mission of inspiring our young students further about what they have learned, but also to encourage those who we have seen flourish over the week to continue doing so. 

This week's children left everyone very impressed! Not only the volunteers, who work with the children every day, but also the rest of the members of the DAKTARI team. Their friendliness, as well as their charm and willingness to learn was something which we could all feel. Although one of the girls, Karabo, was declared the winner of the week, we thought it was important to let you know how great the entire group was as a whole.

Karabo was very shy at the beginning of the week, yet as time went on, she got more comfortable and really started coming out of her shell. She participated in all lessons, especially during the Social Talks and during stabling, where she did not hesitate to ask questions and often helped out her classmates with theirs. It was a clear example of the impact we want to make at DAKTARI. Not only did she learn a lot about the environment and animals, but she also became more confident with her knowledge! As you can see below, her promises are also great! 

  • I promise I will respect everyone. 
  • I promise to not pollute. 
  • I promise I will take care of the environment. 
  • I promise I will save the environment through education. 
  • I promise I will put rubbish in the dustbin. 
  • I promise I will take care of the animals. 

Reading her promises!

Working with all the children who come through DAKTARI is challenging and demonstrates the 'need' for a project like ours, the children this week serve as a reminder of just how worthwhile the hard work is. I can safely say that all the volunteers were very proud of this group. It has been a real pleasure having them, and we look forward to hearing of how the children take what they have learned on board for their future! We expect great things! 

The entire volunteer team!

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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:33

The success story of Portia RAMAHLO

Career Guidance

DAKTARI is constantly working in improving environmental awareness and economic development. Today, let’s talk about Portia, who achieved her goal by becoming a permanent full-time waitress at Makalali Game Lodge.

Portia was attending the DAKTARI Eco-Clubs when we met her and noticed her potential. She then spent a couple of weeks at DAKTARI as a volunteer. She was able to acquire valuable skills by practicing her English, learning to interact with the other international volunteers and as a result grew in confidence.

Since then, DAKTARI Outreach Program has helped Portia to find a three-month training placement as a receptionist at Makalali Game Lodge. We are very proud to learn that she has just signed a permanent contract as a waitress there. WELL DONE PORTIA!! J

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