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This summer, Wild Trails took other pupils from Robertsbridge Community College and I to South Africa, for a fantastic trip that I will never forget. We were able to learn so much about animal conservation and endangered species, but we also learnt about cultures that were very different from our own. This trip showed me the dangers that many innocent species are in due to poaching and has made me think more about the subject. After the trip, I believed that if we all try to stop the horrendous activity of poaching, we can save many of these beautiful animals from becoming endangered. Coming back from South Africa, I believe that I gained more confidence because of the amazing experiences and activities we did. This has helped me in situations back home and I also believe that going to South Africa has made me think and act differently to how I did before. I now have some incredible memories which include feeding elephants, to meeting some beautiful children at a health centre. I can't thank Wild Trails, Angus and the other leaders enough as without them, I would never have been able to have this wonderful experience.
What did africa mean to me? This trip means more to me than i am capable of describing. It was life changing. It has changed my outlook on the way i treat others, my environment and myself. It opened my eyes to a need that's greater than mine and it allowed me to learn just how privileged i am. Being able to learn about other cultures by being there and asking questions and seeing it first hand is an experience that i cant put into words. All i can say to you is that to understand africa you need to go there. This trip helped me grow and change as a person and it continues to keep me focused everyday. It is well worth the cost and i cant thank angus and tommy enough for all their hard work to make sure this trip went well.
Rewarding & Beneficial
Experiencing South Africa with the help of Africa Wild Trails 4 years ago was the most rewarding and beneficial choice I have ever made. It sounds cliche, but before going I struggled with my confidence and found myself being dependent on others to feel comfortable. Three weeks in South Africa helped me to become the person I am today! I am so grateful to everyone who was part of the trip and still talk about it to new people I meet. During the three weeks we were out there, we were taught a great deal about the history of the country as well as the magnificent flora and fauna that inhabit it. People think you can read a book about the country and know all about it, but nothing compares to being there and learning something new each day. After that trip to South Africa (where we were taught a great deal about conservation and had hands on experiences) I studied a Foundation Degree in Animal Science. During my studies we had another opportunity to go to South Africa, and although it was still amazing and informative, it just didn't match the personal experience Wild Trails had given. I am now currently training to be a Biomedical Scientist, after graduating from Brighton University with a degree in Biomedical Science. Although this is a step away from the Animal background, I have no doubt in my mind, I wouldn't be where I am had I not been offered the opportunity by Angus a few years ago. I cannot thank Wild Trails enough...!
A Real Eye Opener
The July 2014 tour to South Africa was a real eye opener for me. I was stuck in a personal place that would have only have got worse but with the help of Africa Wild Trails I am now in Plumpton College studying a BTEC2 Course in Animal Care. I learnt so much on the tour to South Africa such as wildlife conservation, endangered species, Rhino conservation and the history of poaching. We did plenty of sport as well which included kayaking, abseiling and river rafting... I remember just floating down the Pongola river on our kayaks taking in the surroundings, it was so beautiful. These are just a few of the many great experiences I was given on this trip. I will never forget them :-)
An Amazing Thing To Do
My trip to Africa will stay in my heart for the rest of my life, it was the most incredible experience for me. Being so far from home, never having experienced anything like it before, I was very nervous and shy - I overcame a lot personally in ten days and I really made myself proud. It changed the way I saw and felt about myself as a person, It made me believe in myself more and my confidence grew quickly. Even now (it’s been about two years since we got back) it still feels very close to me and I would love to do it again. What an amazing thing to do, I think everyone should get the chance to experience it!"
Best Time Of My Life
When I went to South Africa back in 2012 I had the best time of my life. I learnt a lot about myself and how to work as a team. I did things that I thought I'd never do. Angus Wingfield and his guides pushed me do things I didn’t think I would be able to do. We travelled loads and walked up mountains, we camped in the middle of the bush, we visited an orphanage which was heartbreaking. Learned different kinds of culture. I had the best experience of my life. If it wasn't for Angus I don't think I would ever go there. So, thank you, Angus. I loved it that much I went back out there early this year with Angus and Kevin Lawrence and a lovely group. I met some really good friends. There was some ups and downs but if there was a problem then I knew that I could go to Kevin and Angus. I just want to say thank you to Kevin and Angus for that experience. Don't worry we will go shopping for our man bags :))
Hugely Rewarding & An Enriching Experience
For me South Africa was a really important experience because it opened my eyes to an entirely different environment and way of life to anywhere I've been before. I'd say that meeting so many interesting and passionate people out there really helped improve my perspective and approach to life, especially as I was quite apprehensive about meeting people before going. I found it pretty challenging, but actually hugely rewarding and an enriching experience. The trip has actually had a huge impact on my decisions for what I want to do later in life, as since I came back from the trip I have decided not to apply for Architecture at Uni, instead I have just applied for International Development, with a view to spend my research year in South Africa. I now have an unconditional offer..!!
An Amazing Time
My experience in Africa changed my life so much, I came back a stronger and more determined person I felt like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. It was a once in a life time opportunity for me and I will never forget it. When I was in Africa I learned so much about wildlife conservation I didn't know about before. I also loved their culture and I met some amazing people over there, everyone was so welcoming I just really did have an amazing time. What I learnt about myself in Africa 6 years ago I still use today. If I get set a challenge I go for it 100% now because I know I'm capable of anything I set mind to, where as before I probably wouldn't have tried. It has changed my life so thank you so much for giving me that opportunity all those years ago, I could never repay you for what this has done for me.
Angus’ Understanding Of Southern Africa Is Second To None
I first met Angus in 2013. Since then we have worked together on my companies Invictus Programme for disadvantaged young adults in the UK and undertaken an 8000km rally in Southern Africa in aid of rural school children. In my experience, Angus’ understanding of Southern Africa and South Africa in particular, is second to none. His attention to detail and logistics, health & safety, risk management and connections with the right people on the ground, ensure that travelling with Africa Wild Trails is an experience you will never forget and, one that will live with, and inside you, for many years. When working with youth groups, Angus’ patience, integrity, insight and understanding of what they are going, and have been through, results in them connecting not only with the physical experience of spending time in Africa, but also reengages them in learning both about who they are, and the world in which they live – helping to build their motivation and determination to build a better future for both themselves and those less fortunate. Angus’ passion for conservation, people and education is an incredibly powerful combination, and one that can, and does, transform lives.
Truly Unique & Inspirational Experiences
Africa Wild Trails' offers a range of truly unique and inspirational experiences. My Daughter was lucky enough to go on one of them and found it to be a truly life-changing experience. Even now we like to look at the exiting trips on offer and hope to go on one together soon. I would highly recommend 'Africa Wild Trails' to anyone thinking of visiting Africa especially for the first time. The experienced and professional staff will soon have even the most nervous travellers soon feeling at ease.
Left Wanting More
Going to South Africa was a life changing experience, and I'm not just saying that to fill up space; I went there unaware of what I was getting myself into and Left wanting more. Being out there welcomed me to a new world that I didn't know existed, one that I felt I belonged in. Being around the wildlife drew me closer to nature, somewhere I've always believed I should be, but never knew how to get there. Everything I did out there: tracking, hiking, paddling, all of it was phenomenal and only made me want to stay longer. I can't thank Angus and his team enough, and everyone out at the camps who made the experience unforgettable and who taught me things I can't get to learn in the big city.
Allowed Me to Reflect on My Own Life, & Taught Me a Very Valuable Lesson
The summer of 2017, I got to experience the amazing culture of South Africa, on this trip I was able to learn about the way South Africans are brought up and the way they live their lives. My favourite part of the trip was when we went to Ntokosa school. On Tuesday, the 8th of August, myself alongside 20+ cadets and adult volunteers set off on a hike up what seemed to me like a mountain! Our goal was to get to the plateau at the top where a school called Ntokosa awaited our arrival. After 3 hours of hard trekking in some serious heat, we arrived where the kids greeted us is the most fantastic way you could ever imagine. They sang a bunch of songs for us and it was an overwhelming experience to be a part of. Then came the serious part, two sports matches happened a 5-5 football draw which was a fun thrilling game and also a netball game where the cadets beat the African girls! Overall it was a great day full of amazing experiences that will stick with me for the rest of my life. It was by far the best day of the trip for me. Spending the day with these children allowed me to reflect on my own life, and taught me a very valuable lesson, not to take things for granted back here in England, because although they have such little in their life’s, they still manage to stay happy and carry on with life, and it was just incredible to see them so happy.
The Entire Tour Was Extremely Well Facilitated & Organised
My trip to South Africa in 2016 with Africa Wild Trails will stay in my heart and soul forever. I had the pleasure of working with Angus on a trip with the amazing young people that I work with. This was an educational and experiential tri on so many levels not only for the young people but also myself, and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it. I had absolute confidence in Angus' leadership, especially with guiding of young people through the settings that saw them so far out of their comfort zones, both physically and mentally. The stand out part of the tour for me has to be watching our young people meeting the children at the Ntokozo school, where cultural and language barriers seemed to disappear in the pure enjoyment of the here and now and of meeting each other. The entire tour was extremely well facilitated and organised, and I hope I have the chance to work with Angus again in the future.