Day SEVEN - Safari.
After a relaxing night at Doro Nawas, the team woke up this morning to go on a safari ride at sunrise. The crew loaded up into several trucks and headed out to the wilderness surrounding the lodge to search for animals.
The group drove a little down the road, and it wasn’t long before we started to see elephant tracks and droppings. After about an hour of searching and no animals seen, the group was beginning to lose hope when we saw a Steenbok. A couple of minutes later we came across a family of desert elephants. There was three adult elephants with one baby elephant. As soon as one of the trucks came up to the elephants, the baby elephant walked up and began to head butt the car and attempted to climb in the front seat. A broken mirror and dented side later, the truck drove away. The graduates watched the beast graze for the rest of the morning and were humbled with the conditions these amazing animals live in after enduring 6 harsh days in the Namibian desert. After coming to value perseverance and comaderie, the graduates came to respect these same value taking place in nature. Seeing these creatures in the wild was a life changing experience that none of the graduates will ever forget.
After observing the elephants, the team went back to the lodge for their first day of relaxation in a week.
The team ate lunch and relaxed by the pool for most of the afternoon before returning out for a second safari ride. This was the last time the graduates will get to explore this amazing African wilderness before returning back to their normal lives. This time the graduates saw even more of these incredible desert adapted animals. The group saw ostriches, wildebeests, Springboks, and the same family of elephants from earlier in the day. We couldn’t have asked for a better ending to our time here in Africa. All the graduates unwound together at sunset as the elephants drank water from a local village’s water tank, reminiscing on their journey together.
Written by: Chase, Thomas Neal, Cameron