Grade 7 Trip to the Lower Zambezi
The grade 7 trip is the highlight of many pupils time at Musikili. The children spend 5 nights camping on the banks of the Chongwe River supervised by an extremely experienced group of adults. Some of the children have never been out into the bush, seen elephant or hippo, or felt the thrill of catching a fish.
Conservation, ecology, science, art, survival skills, history … these are just a few of the subjects covered during this excursion. The children are divided into small groups and each group spends a morning with the mammal team, the tree and bird specialists or the fishing experts.
The afternoons are spent looking down microscopes and discovering the wonderful world of microscopic creatures, learning the basics of first aid, creating artistic masterpieces using only what they find on the banks of the river, the list just goes on and on.
Campfire tales, singalongs and wonderful food all ensure that a class of very tired children creep into their tents for the night, perhaps to dream about what they have seen and what new discovery tomorrow holds.
The Musikili community is very lucky to have a number of dedicated professionals willing to give up their time to share some of their vast knowledge as well as generous individuals who uncomplainingly lend trucks and equipment, donate numerous necessary items, bake biscuits (and Yorkshire puddings), provide crates of bananas and generally help make this the wonderful success it has been for over 20 years.
Security is the number one issue in all the supervisors’ and teachers’ minds. The camp fence is electrified and there are always adults not involved in the activity at hand keeping a wary lookout.
Grade 6 trip to Ndubaluba
The Ndubaluba trip is, without doubt, the highlight of the Grade Six year. The children change dramatically in the space of five crammed days and they probably grow more in the one week than in the rest of the year put together. The aims of the course are to do with leadership skills and team building, but much more than this is achieved. It is the personal growth of each individual that always surprises me. They discover themselves as they are nudged out of their comfort zones and they also get a brand new perspective on each other. The atmosphere in the classroom after the trip is always very, very different and the change is always for the better.
The children are kept extremely busy with a wide variety of exciting and challenging activities. The Ropes Course, Jacob’s Ladder, The Climbing Wall, The Adventure Challenge Race, Initiative Tests, Orienteering, Clay Work, Solitaire, The Faith Pole, Camp Out, Canoeing, Wide Games and many other activities fill the week with triumphs and memories that will last forever.
Grade 5 Field Trip to Treetops
The Grade Five Field Trip to Treetops in the Kafue National Park takes place in September. The Kafue National Park is the largest park in Zambia, the third largest in Africa, and the fifth largest in the world. Treetop is a schools’ camp situated in the northern section of the Kafue National Park and is close to the Busanga Plains on which game viewing can be stunning. The camp is called ‘Treetops’ because of the enormous baobab tree at the camp site. The baobab tree is hundreds of years old and it is so big that as many as twenty five children are needed to encircle it at the base.
Pre-trip preparations consist of lead-in lessons on the flora and fauna of the park. These add to the mounting sense of excitement and anticipation. The journey takes approximately ten hours including a number of stops on the way. Thankfully most of the children sleep on the return journey tired out by all the wonderful experiences.
During our stay at the camp, we follow the tried and tested pattern of previous years. The children spend their time involved in a multitude of activities designed to be stimulating, challenging, informative, exciting and most of all – fun. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the Busanga plains where the game sightings can be wonderfully exciting.
There are over 400 species of birds and a huge variety of wildlife. including bushbuck, defassa waterbuck, hartebeest, impala, kudu, lechwe, oribi, puku, roan, sable and blue wildebeest. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyenas and wild dog. In addition, there are also elephant, buffalo, zebra, hippo and crocodile.
The swim at Lufupa camp and the boat cruise on the Kafue and Lufupa Rivers are treats enjoyed by everyone.