Mashatu Tent Camp is currently closed for the annual Children in the Wilderness programme.
Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organization with facilitates sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa. Insight, care and commitment are required to conserve Africa’s pristine wilderness and wildlife areas.
If we are to ensure that these places continue to exist – in this generation and those to come – we need the rural children of Africa to understand the importance of conservation and its relevance in their lives.
Our Children in the Wilderness programme at Mashatu is an environmental and life skills educational programme for children, focusing on the next generation of decision-makers; inspiring them to care for their natural heritage and to become the custodians of these areas in future.
Mashatu Tent Camp is closed for 12 days each year to run two camps of six days each. 16 children between the ages of 10 and 14 years old are pre-selected from neighbouring schools and communities for each camp. The Camp Director, with a full staff complement of volunteers and mentors, runs an educational and fun-filled programme. During the year Eco-Clubs are run at the schools, to encourage the children to continue their education, as well as keep their love of wildlife and their heritage alive.
Children in the Wilderness increases children’s awareness, bridges cultural divides broadens horizons, builds confidence, provides opportunities for new friendships and choices, and reveals career opportunities. In turn, Mashatu Tent Camp staff are allowed to be mentors and leaders, connecting them to their jobs, instilling in them pride for their culture and their community and offering an enriching experience exposing new skills and talents. On the camp the children participate in wildlife activities; they attend interactive workshops on conservation, environmental management, the geography and geology of the area, culture, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and the importance of wilderness areas to their communities and their country; and they learn the life skills and values necessary to one day become great leaders and a great conservationist.
By exposing children to their natural heritage, Children in the Wilderness aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts and cares for our children and conserves our planet. In this way, we hope to inspire the children to care for the environment so that they can become custodians of these areas in future.
We will report more on the 2017 camp once the programme has been completed. Mashatu Tent Camp re-opens for guests on 13th December 2017.