From the Bowels of the Earth to the Banks of the Limpopo By Claudia Pietersen At the start of the week we set off for Farvic Mine, West Nicholson which would be our home for the next 3 days. We were met by Mr Greaves and he took us down to the stores to get us kitted out for our mining experience. On the first day we had a tour of the mine, to see how everything operates on a day to day basis. We also looked at the geology process, and how the plant operates. The real action started the next day when it was time to go down the mine shaft. We were all shown our areas of work, and were given a tour underground with the Chief and Seb. It was an amazing experience as we crawled, skidded and climbed our way down to level 11 and back up again. After our 3 days at the mine we set off for Sentinel Ranch where we were given a warm welcome by the Bristow family and staff. We headed off on a game drive… with a zebra leg as cargo in the back! We were hoping to attract a lion with some wounded buffalo calls, and had a fantastic time out in the bush, but unfortunately didn’t attract any hungry diners! The next morning we went out to help look for snares and it was worrying to see how many we picked up, but rewarding in that there are now a lot less out there! We also did a rubbish sweep as the Ranch has quite a few tourists coming through who tend to leave their litter behind. We had an early departure on the last day and travelled back to Quest where we would be, much to our excitement , heading home to family and friends for our 10 day break.