Rangers in the making | Uplands visit Likweti

Getting up close and personal with nature and the good old outdoors is what the most recent excursion was all about for the Grade 3’s at Uplands Prep.

Rangers in the making | Uplands visit Likweti

Getting up close and personal with nature and the good old outdoors is what the most recent excursion was all about for the Grade 3’s at Uplands Prep.

We had the pleasure of spending a morning in the bush with these enthusiastic children as they held a “Game Rangers Day” at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate and were truly amazed not only by their knowledge of all things wild but also by how much they seemed to enjoy time out there.

The troops gathered at the main gate of Likweti early morning on the 22nd of September and as they climbed out of their vehicles, one could already sense how much fun this day was going to be. Dressed for the occasion in a wide variety of khaki and camo clothing and armed with their binoculars, cameras and bird books, the grade 3’s set out to explore sections of the 2000Ha of luscious Likweti bushveld with their ranger guides.

Right from the start the rangers had to be on their toes as the children were quick to point out familiar animals such as nyala, impala and zebra as well as numerous tree species such as the beautiful marula, paperbark and fig trees.

In terms of location, Uplands could not have chosen better. Not only is Likweti not much more than a 15 minute drive from the school, but it also boasts and abundance of wildlife that kept the children entertained all morning. Apart from many beautiful plains game, the estate also offers a list of 184 bird species and more than 100 tree species have been identified.

The grade 3’s spent their morning tracking spoor, learning about bird calls and animal behaviour before having lunch on the banks of idyllic Fish Eagle Dam. When asked what they enjoyed most, response from the boys included snake skins, skulls and leopard scat while the girls enjoyed seeing the fish eagle, warthogs and nyalas.

All the children were awarded a certificate for completing the Likweti Ranger Adventure Trail and we look forward to welcoming them back next year.

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