After a very cold breakfast, we travelled to North-West University for lectures and to register for credits. The university is very beautiful and modern.
We sat in a classroom, munching on cookies and sipping tea, when the first professor came in and started his lecture on the relationship of conservation, parks, tourism, money, and hunting in South Africa. The lecture completely opened my eyes to how wildlife fits into the economy of South Africa and taught me quite a lot. A point I have to make – during the course of the trip, the bulk of what we learned dealt with how conservation and wildlife is handled in South Africa. We learned the different opinions of very many people, and were privileged to hear multiple perspectives of how wildlife should be dealt with. For the sake of not verging off topic every time it comes up (and it will), I’ll save my analysis of everything I’ve learned for the last post, and I promise, there’s a lot.
The second professor spoke on game capture (catching wild animals for the sake of medical treatment or transportation), which was also another interesting topic, but I can explain all that once I get to the physical game capture that we participated in. After a lunch and a movie on South African history and wildlife, we returned to our lodge and hopped onto a game drive vehicle.
We saw many animals on the game lodge, and like typical tourists, took pictures of everything. After the drive we had dinner and went to sleep.