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Tracking through the eyes of babes: A Wild Journey of Discovery

Our beautiful planet is truly a place of wonder - especially if you are 8 and 10 years old. Join Luca and his sister Melua on a wild journey of discovery as they explore some of the most spectacular places on earth. 

In the enchanting realm of childhood, where curiosity knows no bounds, Luca and Melua, aged 8 and 10, embark on an exhilarating journey through some of the Earth's most stunning landscapes. In the heart of this adventure lies the Mala Mala Game Reserve, an extraordinary haven nestled deep within the South African bushveld. The reserve serves not only as the backdrop for the young explorers' escapades but also as the gateway to a world teeming with captivating creatures.


The Mala Mala Game Reserve, renowned for hosting the Big Five—Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos, and Leopards—becomes the stage for Luca and Melua's first encounter with the wild. Guided by their knowledgeable companion, they traverse hidden paths, their senses tuned to the symphony of the bush. Each step brings them closer to the awe-inspiring presence of the Big Five. Lions roar, elephants trumpet, buffalos graze, and rhinos lumber, capturing the imagination of the young adventurers. Yet, the elusive leopard becomes a test of their patience and perseverance. As the sun sets, casting a golden glow over the landscape, Luca and Melua's determination is rewarded when they spot the magnificent creature gracefully navigating the terrain.


Fueling their insatiable thirst for knowledge, Luca and Melua embark on a Junior Rangers course, transforming Mala Mala into an immersive classroom of the wild. Under the guidance of their instructor, Lucky, the siblings delve into the secrets of the flora surrounding them and decode the intricate language of animal tracks. The Junior Rangers course is not merely an educational pursuit but a journey into understanding the signs and clues left behind by the diverse creatures inhabiting the reserve.

Lucky's teachings extend beyond the conventional, revealing the fascinating world of animal droppings—a subject less glamorous but equally crucial in the art of tracking. Luca and Melua, armed with newfound expertise, earn their certificates, symbolic of their journey into the intricacies of survival in the wild. Ranger Lucky's lessons resonate beyond the bushveld, instilling in the young adventurers a profound appreciation for the delicate balance of nature and the interconnectedness of all living beings.


Having conquered the Big Five, Luca and Melua's boundless curiosity propels them into a quest for two more elusive creatures—the Wild Dog and the Cheetah. Hours of meticulous scouring through the bushveld, guided by a determination to complete the Mala Mala Big Seven, lead them to the thrilling encounter with these remarkable animals. The joy of the chase and the exhilaration of discovery are palpable as they witness the untamed beauty of these creatures in their natural habitat.

The Mala Mala Big Seven, a testament to the reserve's rich biodiversity, highlights the importance of conservation efforts. Luca and Melua's journey becomes a celebration of the interconnectedness of all living beings and a reminder of the delicate dance between predators and prey in maintaining the ecological balance.


As a new day dawns at Mala Mala Game Reserve, Melua and Luca, accompanied by Lucky, set out to explore the picturesque landscapes along a winding river. Nature's symphony unfolds, introducing the young adventurers to the diverse avian wonders inhabiting the region. The giant Saddle-billed stork, with its majestic presence, and the tiny Pied Kingfisher, a master of precision in flight, showcase the richness of the reserve's birdlife.

The day concludes with an unexpected encounter with a lively troop of baboons, adding a playful note to the Junior Rangers' experiences. Through the eyes of Luca and Melua, the world becomes a vast canvas of wonders, and every creature, big or small, leaves an indelible mark on their young hearts. Their journey serves as a poignant reminder that the beauty of tracking lies not just in the destination but in the joyous steps taken along the way. Tracking through the eyes of babes, we rediscover the enchantment that lies in understanding, respecting, and preserving the extraordinary tapestry of life that graces our planet.


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