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The Rock-itt : January 2010
My name is Angie and I have spent the 4 weeks of October last year in South Africa doing volunteer work. I've taken out a bit of time to tell you all about it in the hope that you may decide to visit this amazing country and perhaps do the same rewarding thing one day. My trip there was the most amazing and also the most tiring weeks I have had in a long time! South Africa is a beautiful country that is very much like our own Australia, and contraire to common belief you won't get stabbed or robbed as soon as you walk out of the airport (Umm apart from Jo-burg that is!). Most parts are quite safe as long as you use common sense! I went out at night, drinking quite a few times at the local pubs around surrounding areas without any problems at all. Although not alone of course - go with other people and don't wonder around dark allies alone, but there are lots of locals who will tell you where not to go and tell you of people who can give you secure numbers of trusted cab drivers. Of course the main reason people come to this country is not for the party scene, but for the natural beauty, awesome beaches and amazing wildlife it has to offer. My Journey was for these reasons and it was based in the breathtaking Jefferys Bay. I spent most of my time volunteering at a place called African Dawn in Thornhill, Jeffery's Bay. It was an animal sanctuary for native and non native creatures that have been injured or left by their parents and in need of care. To my surprise there were quite a few emus, wallabies, cockatoos and a kookaburra among the collection as well as many wild gum trees which are now considered a pest in South Africa! The other animals consisted of baby springbok, baby cervils, baby lynxes, adult cervils, springbok, cheetahs, meerkats, crocodiles, blue duikers, kudus, ostriches, monkeys plus many more and a large range of beautiful