The mission of Daktari is to educate and inspire local children to value their environment and stimulate community development!
Daktari is a registered non-profit company located in the Limpopo Province, close to the town of Hoedspruit. It is a bush school where the mission is to educate and inspire local children to value their environment and stimulate community development
Every Monday we welcome a new group of 8 local underprivileged children and 1 youth for a week and give them the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife and conservation, their heritage.
We also supplement their school curriculum in English, maths, sciences, geography, life skills and social issues.
Our goal is to enable today’s local underprivileged children to eventually be able to secure good employment in nature reserves, thereby improving their future quality of life.
This was an AMAZING experience. You live in a hut...with toilets, running water, and roommates. The cages of animals being rehabbed are 5 steps from your door, and you are on a wildlife reservation, so there are sometimes wild visitors as well. You can go inside the cages of many of the animals (my fave was the meerkats). Some animals are permanent residents, like the leopard that some idiots caught and broke/knocked out all his teeth, or the blind donkey that wanders around camp all day and night. Working with the kids is an amazing wake - up call. The things that they experience is so different in good ways and bad. Helping them to see the possibilities of a successful future in eco tourism is great... but they teach you just as much as you teach them when you have social talks with them. A Sepedi - English dictionary would've been helpful. Some kids know very little English. The food at dinner is pretty fantastic.. and very authentically South African fare.