Abraham Kriel Childrens home Vacation Week
On the 11th of December we had the privilege of accommodating the children from Abraham Kriel Children’s Home at Nyala Lodge on their annual trip to Motsomi.
They arrived just in time for some cooling down in the swimming pool and some hot dogs to fill their tummies. The day was ended with some of Zac’s delicious cooking and of course a big scoop of Ice Cream.
Each morning started with a cup of coffee and some home baked rusks. The days was spent splashing in the pool and running and playing around camp. Brunch was served and the afternoons was filled with sweet, juicy watermelon or a lot of sweets. The evenings they were treated with some game meat and the meals was ended with some baked – with – love cupcakes.
Thursday morning started early with a lot of excited faces on their way to Sun City – Valley of the Waves. The day was filled with laughter, sun, splashes and of course ICE CREAM. The kids played for hours enjoying the slides and the man – made sea. The kids arrived back at the lodge tired and happy.
The excitement started when time to open gifts came closer. After the wrapping paper flew off, the lodge was filled with remote control cars zooming around, dolls crying like real babies and upcoming artists busy practicing their painting skills. Everyone went to bed with a satisfied heart and a happy soul.
Their trip to Madikwe proved to be very educational, the kids saw ample game such as elephants, lions, rhinos lots of antelopes etc. and came back very satisfied some of them their first sighting of the big 5. They had a dip in the pool at Madikwe and was treated with some truly South African Boerewors Rolls and home baked cakes for desert.
The morning they left our hearts felt empty but satisfied that we made a difference . It was such an honour to have such joyful and energetic kids around the lodge.
Abraham Kriel Childrens home Hunting Weekend
We were fortunate to have 10 boys from the Abraham Kriel Childrens home in Modimole for a visit. They arrived 12 April at Motsomi Safaris. After lunch we started training them in rifle safety as well as shot placement on different animals. After the training we took them to the shoot range to practice shooting with a rifle. That evening we got to know the boys sitting around the fire. Next morning packet with drinks and snacks they are off hunting with their “DADS”. Each boy had a “DAD” that will teach him the ropes and help him with his hunt. As the day progressed animals started coming in, Pieter, Zane, Willem, Michael, Donnevine, Boeta, Brandon, Derrick, Willie and Bradley did an excellent job hunting the animals available. The next day everyone pitched in to help process the meat to take back to the Childrens home. 1 Ton of meat to the value of R35 000-00 was send back with the kids.
We would like to thank all the Dad’s that took a boy and gave him an unbelievable experience and donated the meat for them to take back to the Childrens Home:
Marco Schoonwinkel (PH Motsomi Safaris)
PC Potgieter (PH Motsomi Safaris)
Lammert Kruger (Purple Rain – Madikwe)
Pieter van Deventer
Pieter Nel & Christiaan
Antonie Lotter (PH and Swift Dip)
Maruis van Aarde
Tony de Bruyn (HO Wildebeest Safaris)
Abraham Kriel Childrens home Vacation Week
What a privilege to once again have 13 children from the Abraham Kriel Childrens home in Modimole visiting us for their yearly holiday week. As usual they bring rain with there visit and we had to help them reach there destination with the 4×4 trucks. Once here everyone relaxed and enjoyed the pool in the rain. Luckily for them the weather cleared up enough for them to visit Sun City and the Valley of Waves a day or so later. What a wonderful day playing in the waves and riding slides and to end a wonderful day with a creamy ice cream before heading back home. The next day everyone recovered from Sun City around the pool with treats and cool drinks. Christmas presents is always a high light on the children’s program and is always a joy to see the happy faces when they open their presents. The next day they are off to Madikwe Nature Reserve for game drives and taking a break in the middle of the day in the pool. The last day came quickly and before we knew they had to leave back to the Childrens home. I would like to thank the donors, who every year helps to make this a special week for the kids. Until next year!
Abraham Kriel Childrenshome Vacation Week
We were priveliged to accommodate 13 children from the childrenshome in Nylstroom/Modimole for a summer vacation. From a visit to Madikwe Nature Reserve, then slashing in the pool or riding the waves at Sun City Valley of Waves and of coarse the Christmas tree to end a wonderful week. Thanks to all the hunters that help to make this such a wonderful time for the kids.
Abraham Kriel Childrenshome – Modimole – HUNT 2015
19 April 2015 9 boys from the Abraham Kriel Childrens home in Modimole arrived at our lodge. They were accompanied by the head of the Childrens home and her husband, Mrs Gerda van der Merwe. We gave them a light meal and got everyone to their rooms to unpack. The afternoon was spent teaching them about shot placement and animal tracks as well as different calibre rifles. They then had the opportunity to go to the shooting ranch and take some shots with a hunting rifle on a paper target.
That evening we had dinner around the fire. Each boy was assigned a “DAD” that will take care of him the next day.
Early the next morning we had them out of bed with coffee and a muffin, some fruit and water for the hunt, and then they were off in different directions for the hunt.
Daniel was the first to shoot an Impala ram and could not stop smiling. After that the animals start coming in, one by one. Each and every child got at least one animal.
All the meat was processed at the meat room and send back to the Childrens home. Nylstroom Taxidermy arranged with Oasis tannery to tan the hides and send it to them. The taxidermist will put every boy’s horns on a plague for them and deliver it to them.
It is a prevoulige to have this boys every time for hunting.
4 PH’e that is also PHASA members helped out with the Hunt:
- Pieter Potgieter (Motsomi Safaris)
- Marco Schoonwinkel (Motsomi Safaris)
- Antonie Lotter (Swift Dip)
- Juan-Louis Viljoen (Numzaan Safaris)
Thanks to everyone that donated animals or took the time to be a “DAD” for the boys, they really appreciated it and were so proud of their animals.
HUNT OF A LIFETIME
“Hunt Of A Lifetime” is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. We are doing what we can to make a difference in their life, a dream come true.
We were fortunate to accommodate 2 children at Motsomi.
Dear staff of Motsomi
Thank you all so much for this experience! I had so much fun along this journey of hunting. It will be a memory I wont forget since it was also my firtst time killing an animal. The best part of hunting the animals was probably stalking them and then seeing them. Some memory that I wont forget is the exicetment Shaun had when I shot each animal or when Ryan was my dad`s PH, and together when they got that impala. Man, the excietment on their faces was a sight to see! Agian I thank you all from the laughts, memorys and everthing else. Continue doing what you guys do.
P.S. Shau I will be sure to come back to go on that cape buffalo hunt with ya.
Thank you, you guys of Motsomi staff. Kelsey and I really had a lot of fun expecially with Kelsey bloodface from her 1st kill. We really enjoyed the food and the company. That impala hunt with Ryan and Shaun switching jobs will always be in our memorys. Thanks for the good memorys and jokes (Ryan).
Thanks Peter, Ryan and Shaun
From our hearts
Jim, Chris, Tyler, Trevor Ruark
Thank you so much for making Eli’s dream a reality. When we came to SA we did not expect to be taken care of so well. The kindness and compassion you all show is quite the inspiration. We had the most amazing time in your country and were able to get some absolutely beautiful animals! We are already saving up to return soon, in the meantime come visit us in Idaho!
Thank you for all that you do and being such wonderful people!
Luke & Eli McNees – Hailey ID USA