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Once completed please fax to: Okonjima: +264 (0) 67 687051 and bring original forms with you on your day of arrival.

 

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AfriCat Environmental Education Centre Rules

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Rule 1: We try to have as few rules as possible, because we want the participants to have as much FUN as possible!

Rule 2: However for the safety and comfort of all living organisms at the AfriCat Environmental Education Centre we have to have a few. . . .

Rule 3,4,5,6,7 & 8: The main rules concern 

  • maintaining peace and quiet,
  • the three R’s (Recycle, Re-use, Reduce),
  • saving our natural resources especially water as Namibia is an arid country,
  • consideration at our ablution facilities,
  • respect and consideration for all life and
  • lastly the use of electronic devices! We do not allow our PAWS and AfriCat Environmental Education visitors to use their cell phones, Ipads or tablets except for photography.

BUSH SILENCE:
Please understand that you will need to be quiet moist of the time while in Nature.
The quieter we are, the more wildlife we will see, hear and enjoy!
We also need to be quiet in consideration of our camping ‘neighbours’. Okonjima’s Omboroko Campsite is only about 700m from our PAWS site. The guests camping there have come to enjoy the peace of Okonjima.

 

R.R.R:
Remember the 3 R’s: Recycle, Reduce, Re-use. Try and apply these 3 important words into your daily routine.
PLEASE NOTE: Please place all waste in the correct bin.
All recyclable wastage/excess must be CLEAN please!

 

NAMIBIA IS A DRY COUNTRY:
Don’t waste WATER but drink lots of water. All the water comes from deep boreholes (160 – 200m below) and is clean and safe to drink!

 

ABLUTION FACILITIES:
Respect and obey all instructions relating to the ablution facilities. Especially at night.
These are clearly explained at our 'Ablution Blocks'.
No fires, matches, lighters except in the designated place  . . .  AND NO SMOKING!

 

RESPECT & CONSIDERATION FOR ALL LIFE:
Respect and be aware of all wild animals- big and small! We are visitors in their territory!
NO running away!
NO shouting or calling! (e.g: Kitty-kitty – come, Kitty-Kitty! – this is a BIG NO-NO in nature)
NO throwing stones or squashing any life-form - from a porcupine to an ant!

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
No cell phones | Ipads or Tablets - except for photography.
Although initially, this rule is greeted with horror and dismay, we feel this is a very important rule with allot of positive effects  . . . 

 

ASK QUESTIONS! THINK! ABSORB! HAVE FUN! ENJOY! BE HAPPY!

 

Where can I drink water?

  • If you are thirsty, please fill up your water bottle from the tap at the Lapa.
  • Turn the tap off when not in use!

Where can I throw away my rubbish?

  • All rubbish must be rinsed and placed in the CORRECT LABELLED bin next to the Lapa.
  • Do not throw any rubbish on the ground!

Must I stay at the fire when it is burning?

  • YES! Never leave the fire unattended. There must always be someone watching the fire.
  • If you are the last one at the fire and want to leave, ask someone to watch the fire for you.
  • When you are the last in the evening before going to bed, you use a full watering can to put out the fire completely.

Where can I go?

  • Please stay in the Camp Area. If you cannot see the Camp then you are too far. Please do not go past any STOP sign!
  • Please stay with at least two other children and tell an adult if you want to go anywhere.

Where can I shower?

  • The girls have their own toilets and showers which they can use near the Lapa.
  • The boys have their own toilets and showers which they can use near the tents.

Can I go to the toilet at night?

  • Yes, but take a torch and a friend with you!
  • Look carefully where you put your feet! Be on the look-out for scorpions and snakes.

Are there animals here?

  • YES! There are many wild animals here!
  • Respect all plants and animals especially insects, spiders, scorpions and snakes!
  • You can find signs (tracks and droppings) of kudu, oryx, steenbok, jackal, baboons, warthogs, porcupines and other animals. Notice the different plants!

What can I do in my free time?

  • Feel free to look at and read all the posters, fact files and books in the Lapa.
  • Enjoy and explore your new surroundings! Listen to the birds!
  • You can swim in the pool nearby, but only under adult supervision.

 

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AfriCat Environmental Education Programme

AfriCat’s Environmental Education Mon - Fri  Programme for Schools/Clubs/Teachers/Students

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AfriCat Environmental Education Programme 2015
NB: This is a sample programme. All times and content are subject to change. Our programme has to be highly flexible to accommodate a large number of variables: e.g. the arrival and departure times of groups, the age and ability of the participants; the action in the Okonjima Nature Reserve (ONR) as well as the daily tourism requirements of both the AfriCat Foundation and Okonjima Lodge.

DAY 1:
Groups are requested to try and arrive by 12 noon at the latest. The earlier you arrive, the more fun we can have!

  • Welcome Introduction and Camp Rules 
  • R&R @ the Okonjima's Campsite Swimming Pool
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Time! 15 – 30mins: "Chill time"/ Reading/ Exploring your Camp/ Watch Birds/ Look for the Damara Dik Dik / learning the art of being 'still'

15:00: Team Allocation and Team-signature and Introduction of Role Plays

15:45: The transfer of Energy – "Our biggest challenge?
[The students are given 2 boxes and they have to use the contents to illustrate how energy is transferred in a natural ecosystem. After this we guide them to arrive at the "bottom line" of all the challenges facing our planet today.]

16:15: Tea Time

16:30: Why the Carnivores? Introducing Namibia’s six Large Carnivores.

17:00: Nature-walk to riverbed for 'Team-Building' related activities

18:45: Back at the AfriCat Environmental Education Centre (AEEC) and Shower-time

19:30: Sunset and Dinner and Clean up

20:30: Campfire Games

21:00: Lights Out, Silence and well-deserved Sleep

 

DAY 2 (BIODIVERSITY):

6:00: Morning Tea and Coffee

6:20: Sunrise Walk

7:00: Breakfast (PACK TEA and SWIMMING COSTUMES!)

8:00: Depart for AfriCat Headquarters up in the Okonjima Valley.

8:30 – 9:30: Environmental Education Wall: "What is it telling us?
[At the AfriCat Information Centre we have an 'artistic representation' of all the main concepts that are part of our programme. Every part has a message: either an ecological one or a life skill one. eg: The 'spider web' representing our environment with the characteristics of a spider’s web, being the same as our environment.]

9:30: AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre – visit our carnivore ambassadors - Viewing 3 of the 6 Large Carnivores

10:45: Tea Time

11:00: Wonderful Wahu. – A special trip to see our most popular AfriCat Ambassador

12:00: Swimming Time

13:00: Lunch and Tuck-Shop-Time

Quiet Time!

14:30: Tour of the AfriCat Information Centre

16:00: Tea Time

16:15: Okonjima Nature Reserve Game Drive and Sundowners at view point

20:00: Dinner and Clean-up and Campfire Presentation

21:00: Lights Out

 

DAY 3 (LIFE SKILLS):

6:30: Departure for ONR & the 'popular' Dawn-drive to meet the Sunrise!
Activity change over.

8:00: Breakfast in Riverbed and Wildlife Survival Games

9:00: 'Giving Back'
['Giving' is a very important part of our lives. Here we combine that principle with our Land Rehabilitation Programme, the essential 'hands on' activity and the national bush encroachment challenge.]

11:00: Land Recovery & Rehabilitation Discussion READ MORE: Sponsor a research project in the Okonjima Nature Reserve

12:00: Swimming

13:00: Lunch and Tuck-Shop-Time

Quiet Time!

14:30: Solitude

15:00 - 17:00: 'Namibian Waterfall' and Games
[This depends on numerous variables, but here we explore the unusual landscape of a real Namibian Waterfall in the "Poort/Valley" region of the Okonjima Game Reserve. Once we reach the riverbed of the Omboroko River we encourage the scholars to become one with our wildlife by playing 'animal-inspired' games like The 'Thirsty Oryx' or 'The Leopard Stalk']

17:00: Drive back to AEEC

18:00: Shower Time

19:00: Dinner and Clean up

20:00: Night Walk

21:00: Lights Out

 

Day 4 (Sustainability):

6:15: Polar Bear or Sunrise Walk
['Polar Bear' entails getting themselves up and swimming at 6am . . . whatever the weather! This is an exercise in self discipline.]

7:00: Breakfast

8:00: Guided Bushman Trail.
[We use this trail to show that the way the Bushmen lived was the ultimate in sustainable living. Experience a day in the life of a Bushman. It constitutes an easy walking trail and is highly informative. Guests get to learn about the art of making traditional artefacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Participation is welcomed!]

10:30: Tea Time and setting-up the Solar Cooker (weather permitting)

11:00: Using the skills that we learnt from the San People Solar cooking / Tree planting / The three R’s - Recycle, Re-use, Reduce

12:00: Swimming

13:00: Lunch and Tuck Shop

Quiet Time!

14:00: Departure to Plains Camp for a Curio-shop visit and some 'retail therapy'

15:00: Departure from Plains Camp to ONR – Hyena | Cheetah walk

17:30: Shower and Team-Time to prepare for Quiz and Plays

18:30: Bush Quiz

19:30: Dinner and Clean up

20:30: Presentation of Role Plays

21:30: Pack-up and Lights Out

 

Day 5:

This programme is very variable as it depends on time of departure

6:15: Polar Bear and up the 'Leopard Loop Sunrise' and then the big 'Clean up'

7:30: Breakfast and final clean up

8:30: Final Session – Bush Quiz and Presentation

9:00: Depart for Home ♥

NB: Group is welcome to depart later (prior request), but this seems to be the preferred time.

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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

  • The minimum age for scholars to attend is 11 years old or in grade 5.
  • We admit a MAXIMUM of 20 scholars within a group; this should consist of NO MORE THAN 18 - 20 students and a maximum of 4 adults.
  • We are open to school visits from February to the end of 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.
  • The AfriCat EE Centre also offers holiday camps for groups of individuals (min. of 10 participants) if the Centre is available. Please make enquiries for more information on this activity.
  • The recommended stay is one week, Monday to Friday. If this is not possible we also offer a Thursday until Sunday programme but this is mainly for clubs.
  • Teachers have the opportunity to incorporate some of the practical work from their school curricula if required into our existing 4 day programme. This must be discussed with us beforehand.
  • All schools and groups are to arrange their own transport for the trip to and from Okonjima if at all possible. If not AfriCat can assist with transport to and from Otjiwarongo ONLY.
  • Directions are on the Okonjima website. Look out for our 'flying' cheetah at our B1 turnoff! Maps and Directions to the Lodge

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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.

 

AfriCat Environmental Education Centre

  • There is no shop on Okonjima so please ensure you buy everything you need prior to your departure.
  • However we do have a small mobile 'Tuck Shop' and mini 'Curio Shop' at the AfriCat EE Centre where we sell a few soft drinks, snacks and curios. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO OUR EE PROGRAMME.

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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:

  • A 'Thank You' letter is always appreciated
  • Write an essay on the importance of conservation in Namibia.
  • Do an art project and donate it to AfriCat / Okonjima.
  • Write a song or produce a short play on your experience at AfriCat, about Conservation; or about the animals and plants we all love and want to protect for the future
  • Send us some of the photographs that were taken on the trip – we love the funny ones!
  • Organize an activity or raise funds towards one of our programme's. (e.g.) A radio collar so that another rescued cat can return to the wild, or donate money towards fuel so that a less fortunate group can visit us. See Support AfriCat
  • Engage your colleagues and friends to conduct a joint fund-raiser to raise donations for AfriCat - hold competitions, arrange a jumble sale, auction and other fun events to motivate your co-workers and friends to raise a donation for AfriCat.
  • Remember what you have learnt and experienced, try to practice and pass on good conservation principles and keep "Namibia our Beautiful Country" clean, "green" and free for all that breathe our fresh air . . . .
  • Join our facebook pages once you get home and stay involved!
    AfriCat Group
    The AfriCat Foundation
    AfriCat Environmental Education

 

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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