We discovered Door of Hope a year or more ago, when we went to Riverside Community Church. We have met some amazing people who are involved with this organisation, one of which is now a very special friend of ours; Marcelle.
Marcelle is part of a small group we used to visit and through her we have met some of the volunteers that come from around the world to volunteer their time, love and enthusiasm to the babies and toddlers at Door of Hope in Johannesburg.
Whilst chatting to Amanda, (a young lady from Georgia, who has volunteered two years to Door of Hope!), I thought it would be nice for the volunteers to be able to see more of South Africa seen as they have come all this way! I know, I know, they have come to look after babies at Door of Hope not travel, but South Africa is so awesome – I think they need to experience a bit of it too and have a break from their hard work on their day off!
So Erik and I decided to volunteer our time in helping these volunteers experience a little bit of South Africa in their time here, when we can. The volunteers time is short though as they are very busy at the baby houses, but we managed to squeeze in a day trip to Pilanesberg Game Reserve with two volunteers, Hannah from Ohio and Ruth from Aberdeen. We hope to be able to do this again for future volunteers.
We grew up visiting the game reserve, and it is so wonderful to see people experiencing this for the first time! So this is really a win win situation; Erik & I get to do what we love, we get to meet new people and hear how God lead them to Door of Hope, the volunteers get to experience the beauty of South Africa. I think these volunteers are absolutely inspiring and I love hearing their stories.
On the list were lion and elephant; unfortunately we only saw the latter. It was a surprisingly quiet day for game viewing really, but that just teaches us to look for the beauty in other things such as the bird life and landscapes.
Unfortunately we didn’t get many pics – I always forget because I am so busy enjoying looking! We also saw elephant, giraffe, impala, zebra, springbok, wildebeest, warthog, waterbuck, crocodile and hippo.
Really looking forward to doing this again. Other ideas on the list are Cradle of Humankind, Mountain Sanctuary, Golden Gate and when the weather warms up maybe camping at our place at the Vaal. Any other ideas suitable for a day trip or overnight?