Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
PO BOX 1599; Harmony 81, Bona Ingwe Farm,
Contact person: Ian and Michele Merrifield
+ 27 (0) 82 656 2969
+27 (0)86 625 7728
- Aid organization
- Educational policy/project
- Environmental project
- Volunteers are welcome.
DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is an NPO founded in 2006 with the goal of enabling local children to have a better quality of life. DAKTARI works to educate and inspire children to value their environment and stimulate community projects.
The Mission of DAKTARI is to educate and inspire local children to value their environment and stimulate community development.
Located in the Limpopo Province in South Africa near the Kruger National Park, DAKTARI provides the perfect environment for children to learn about their natural heritage. Through the combination of the bush school and the wildlife orphanage, DAKTARI has developed an immersive educational experience for local children to learn about the wildlife around them, the environment, anti-poaching, and a wide variety of other issues, right in the middle of the bush. Our work extends into their communities through Eco Clubs at the secondary schools, career guidance for the youth, and community development projects.
DAKTARI has three main areas of focus:
• The Teaching Program: DAKTARI's invites 8-10 children each Monday to stay for five days at DAKTARI. We teach the children about the environment and conservation, including anti-poaching, pollution, and identifying animal tracks. We also supplement their regular schooling with math games and social talks about respect, substance abuse, and safe sex. The children get one-on-one attention from the teachers and engage in fun activities throughout the week.
• The Wildlife Orphanage: The animals at DAKTARI all have their own story about how they got to us. Some of them were brought to us after being found abandoned nearby, some were given to DAKTARI after being rehabilitated but are not able to be released, some were even born here. For each and every animal at DAKTARI, we provide love and care to give them a second chance at life. They serve an important purpose at DAKTARI as they act as our animal ambassadors for teaching the children.
• The Outreach Program: Our work doesn´t stop at DAKTARI's gate. We go into the local villages weekly to provide environmental education opportunities to children at the high schools and the creches. We also sponsor and implement community improvement projects like building a dustbin or planting trees.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.