Mokala magic for handicapped children
A spontaneous visit to Mokala National Park became a memory to treasure for children from the Lettie Fouché School for mentally handicapped children.
Anyone who has visited Mokala National Park will know that it is a special place. The park is known for its large camelthorn trees, almost tame roan and superb level of service. The latter is what saved the day for teachers from Lettie Fouché, a Bloemfontein-based school for children with mental handicaps.
“We were due to attend a sporting event in Vereeniging on 7 September, but it was cancelled because of rain,” explains teacher Philip Vögel. It would have been a terrible disappointment for the pupils as they rarely have the opportunity for trips. Fortunately the school principal and organisers came up with the idea of visiting Mokala instead.
Even though it was short notice the team at Mokala put together an experience that the children won’t soon forget. There was a fascinating look at the horns and skulls of Mokala’s many antelope and an enjoyable braai at the lapa. But the highlight was undoubtedly the opportunity to go game viewing.
“Hello Phumba,” the kids would say when they saw a warthog, referring to the character in the Lion King film. “Where’s Timone?” they would ask.
The visit to the park was such a success that the school decided to create a special Mokala medal for each child so that they can remember the trip forever.