Muchenje Safari Lodge, situated on the quieter western side of the Chobe National Park, has been involved in an exciting project initiated by one of their recent guests, Chris Gray, from Cardiff.
During his stay, Chris visited the Muchenje Village and Mabele Primary School, one of the wonderful activities guests can enjoy when staying at the lodge. Mabele's school children all live in the neighbouring villages and many, some as young as 7 years old, have to walk a few miles each day through dangerous game area, in the early morning hours (when wildlife movements are at its peak).
After his visit, Chris returned back to the UK and made it his mission to supply something a little more than the usual school books and pencils. With months of planning, collaboration and fundraising between Chris, Muchenje's Director Matt Smith, and later the Bushways Foundation, fund raising commenced with the aim to buy a much needed school minibus.
The fundraising total was quickly reached and, once the bus was purchased, Chris flew two willing drivers down to drive to Wales, where it visited Chris' local primary school and communities around Wales, all of whom filled it with all sorts of goodies.
The bus, along with the generous donations, has now left the British Isles and are Botswana bound - meaning that soon local children can be collected in safety and returned home after school.