Kids on safari. In today’s heavily digitalized world of commerce and social media, it stands to reason that children follow in the steps of their parents. the next deadline…next test…and what will the neighbours say….?
Kids have lost the ability to just…well, be kids!
Here on Kaingo, we believe that our future lies in the hands of the next generation.
It is a known fact that parents are busy. Sometimes a little too busy to give their children the appreciation they need to delve into the secrets of nature and nurture.
We see it all too often. Parents burnt out from hours of nine to five work. Children that do not understand the basics of sustainable living.
On Kaingo we have a lovely river. The Mokolo River forms the western boundary of the reserve. We have a twelve- kilometer river frontage- teeming with life!
Often, after the morning game drive has come back and everyone have had an excellent breakfast, we will take the children off their parents. And then we take them fishing.
The main aim of our fishing expeditions is to restore the natural equilibrium in our waters. A few years ago, the Largemouth bass, a native of the Americas, were introduced to the river system. They are aggressive, grow very fast, and great fun to catch!
With expert help from the guides, plastic lures are set up, a safe spot selected and then the fun begins.
Whoever said that fishing is all about putting a line in the water and hoping for a fish to bite, has not done a lot of bass fishing. It is a game of strategy and accuracy. It is concentration and perseverance. And it keeps us busy for hours on end!
These photographs show just how much effort goes into snagging the catch. And once the first one is safely in the net, the competition starts.
The fish caught, alien species only, are kept and eaten. It is special to eat what you have caught yourself. It brings back those long-past days of being a hunter-gatherer and feeding yourself and your tribe.
Children learn about sustainability. They learn patience. And they learn how to control a fishing rod and reel. It may not seem like a big deal right now, but it is a life skill that, if nurtured, will culminate in an adult with a love of nature and responsible living.
We do bring back the children to their parents after a while. Dirty, often mud-covered.
But, there is always a smile and a story to tell.