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AfriCat Info Doc for Schools

Information for school groups and holiday camps

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE AFRICAT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE (AEEC)
FOR VISITING SCHOLARS, STUDENTS AND TEACHERS - 2015

 

What you need to know.

When planning your visit, there are some things that you will need to remember:

 

How many people can you bring?
Ideally we like to admit a total of 20 people within a group; this should consist of 18 students and two teachers.

 

When can you come and visit us?
We are open to school visits from February through to November. Decide on a date you would like to come and then contact us to confirm that the date is available. We are only able to admit one school group at a time.

Okonjima and AfriCat also offer Holiday camps for groups of individuals (min of 10 participants) please make enquiries for more information on this new activity.

 

How to get there?
All schools are to arrange their own transport for the trip to and from Okonjima.
You can find directions on the Okonjima website and look out for our 'flying' cheetah next to our turn off on the B1!
Please plan your travel to arrive no later than 3pm in summer and 2pm in winter.

 

General Information

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What will AfriCat and Okonjima supply?

  1. Our Environmental Education Centre has tents, mattresses with fitted bottom sheets, toilets, showers (running water) and a semi-enclosed rest area with electricity.
  2. A fire pit and braai-grid with a good supply of wood from our bush clearing project; small 2-ring gas stove
  3. Swimming pool
  4. Activities during your stay and lots of fun!
  5. We will provide transport for all activities on Okonjima
  6. Some educational materials

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What must you bring with you on the trip?

  1. Enough food and drinks for each day of your trip if catering has not been requested.
  2. Your own sleeping bags, pillows, towels and toiletries
  3. Clothing: A pair of sturdy walking shoes and a pair of long pants for bush walks. We advise on bringing extra warm jackets, fleeces etc for evenings and winter months / swimming clothes / waterproof jacket in summer
  4. Personal First Aid Kit with basic first aid supplies. NB TEACHERS MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL FIRST AID FOR THEIR GROUP!
  5. Mosquito repellant. Okonjima is not in a malaria area, but to avoid discomfort, use a spray, cream or repellant
  6. Each student must have his/her own sun screen, hat, water bottle, torch (head lamp is preferable) and a notebook with pen, camera and binoculars if available.

For more advice of what to bring with you see: What to bring with you.

 

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What else do you need to know?

You need to be fairly flexible:
Please do understand that there may be changes to the programs at short notice due to the various operations of the private Nature Reserve. We would like to cover as much as possible during your stay, but we do have to fit activities around tourism and the daily running of the AfriCat Foundation and Okonjima. We are also unable to control the weather!

  1. Please note that this is a rustic camp in the "Bush". Accommodation is in tents under thatch. A-frames and most cooking is done on an open fire. All activities are based on Environmental Education. NB: VISITORS ARE EXPECTED TO HELP WITH THE MEALS AND WASHING UP AND ALSO SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES.

  2. The course will be led by a full time Environmental Educator/ assisted by our EE volunteer and the Centre Supervisor. HOWEVER, please note that the TEACHER/ GROUP LEADER accompanying the students is responsible for discipline and good behaviour of the group at all times! TEACHERS/ GROUP LEADERS ARE REQUIERED TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL ACTIVITIES WITH INTEREST AND ENTHUSIASM! This is important as an example for the students and contributes to the camp atmosphere. Teachers/ Group leaders must accompany their group when using the pool and should be able to deal with any situations that may arise. Okonjima and AfriCat will not be held liable for any accidents that may occur.

  3. We do not allow touching or interacting with wild animals: Safety for us, as for you, is one of the highest importance. Viewing of animals is done from safe distances and from places such as hides and vehicles. The Camp Centre and most of our 'Bush walks' are located in an area where there is wildlife, but no habituated or rehabilitated animals.

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AFRICAT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE RULES MUST BE ADHERED TO AT ALL TIMES.

These rules will be discussed with each group upon arrival and are also clearly displayed within the centre. Unruly and unmanageable behavior will result in the group being asked to leave the property. Excessive noise is not tolerated and the drinking of alcohol while on the property is not allowed, neither for teachers nor students.

Costs!
There will be a basic fee charged per head, per day. This goes towards the running costs of the centre as well as to our fund helping disadvantaged schools to participate in our program.
Our charge for 2015 is as follows:

Namibian Scholars and Students - N$ 80 per person per day
Adults - N$ 120 per person per day


Catering is also available if required at the following charges:

Namibian Scholars and Students - N$ 120 per person per day, therefore a total of N$ 200
Adults - N$ 100 per person per day, therefore a total of N$ 270

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Follow Up: What can you do for us?
We would also like to hear from your group about their experience. This is always valuable for us. We ask teachers to please do some consolidation and expansion on the concepts discussed at the camp whenever possible.

A few suggestions:

 

Other information

We would like to suggest that you stop and visit REST (Rare Endangered Species Trust) on your way out and see the amazing work they are doing for the conservation of vultures, other birds and animals. School groups enter for free but you are encouraged to make a donation. Please let us know in advance if you would like to include this option so we can book it for your group.

See the REST website at: www.restafrica.org for more information. (However there is a possibility that REST might be moving location - we will inform you if they do move too far away for us to visist them during our programme)

 

AfriCat North
AfriCat North is based in the north-west of Namibia. They carry out similar activities with school groups and we ask that you contact Tammy Hoth-Hanssen at africatnorth@iway.na for further information and have a look at their part of the AfriCat Environmental Education Programme: About AfriCat North

 

"In the end, we conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught".

 

The staff at Okonjima and AfriCat look forward to seeing you soon at AfriCat’s Environmental Education Centre!

 

CONTACT US:

Helen Newmarch, Head of Education
Tel: +264 67 68 70 32/3 | Cell: +264 81 743 74 79 | Fax: +264 67 30 45 65
Email: education@okonjimalodge.com | helen@okonjimalodge.com

 

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The AfriCat Foundation, P.O. Box 1889, Otjiwarongo, Namibia.
Email: info@africat.org
www.africat.org | www.okonjima.com

 

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