Maintenance and Repair
The work of conservation is hard and expensive. As a volunteers, we participated in maintenance and upkeep.
There was no shortage of work to be done. On one day we helped repair a fence and on another we helped build supports for newly planted trees. The trees were to provide shade for a new waterhole to reduce evaporation. The girls loved using a machete to chop poles!
It wasn’t all work! Our guide Trymore drove us to a remote part of the park and gave us a survival skill challenge: “Build a shelter.” Kylie and I employed a different strategy from Sharleen and Alyssa. We tried to build a tree fort to get up off the ground level (conveniently in a toilet paper tree), while Sharleen and Alyssa build theirs on the ground and focused on concealment and using plants to keep the mosquitoes away.