“I was employed in the kitchen when I started here,” explains Vicky, “and Olivia, who still works in the kitchen, spent a week teaching me to cook – then I had to work alone. I enjoyed cooking so much, that I still sometimes help out in the kitchen when needed.”
Then in 2018, the Camp Co-ordinator position became available, and the company wanted to promote someone from within. Vicky already had a computer diploma and was adept at Word and Excel, so it was an easy jump for her from Cook to Camp Co-ordinator.
“I enjoy every bit of this job. I help with the schedules in all the camps, and that part can be stressful, but there are amazing staff everywhere. My enjoyment comes from working with the team. We are all Makuleke, so we have the same roots and understand each other well.”
Vicky’s calm, can-do attitude and relaxed personality may also have something to do with the peaceful atmosphere in camp. She says there are no issues at all; students and guests to the camp are always friendly and easygoing, so good relations prevail.
“I do have two wishes, though,” she adds. “I would love to do an EcoTraining course myself, and I would like solar lights for the camp, for along the pathways and in the rooms.”
Vicky thoroughly enjoys meeting all the new students and guests at the camp and has made many friends over the years.
“I have never once regretted working for EcoTraining because I feel like I am at home here,” she says sincerely. “I love being in the bush, having elephants in the camp and living in nature. We have everything we need right here in the bush.”
Makuleke Camp | What you can expect
Are you considering an EcoTraining course and want to know what to expect from the camps and reserves?
Take a virtual walkthrough of Makuleke camp, the beautiful Makuleke concession situated in the Greater Kruger National Park and all the incredible wildlife that call this beautiful place home.
Situated in one of the most remote wilderness areas of the Kruger National Park, the beauty of this place will blow your mind!
We hope this gives you a better idea of what to expect when staying at Makuleke camp.
For more information on this camp, take a look at our website: https://www.ecotraining.co.za/camps/kruger-national-park/
About the Author:
For Keri, travel is life, like breathing. She is a modern-day nomad from her home in the Cape to Cairo, Abidjan to Zanzibar, into the Middle East, Europe and Asia. With about 50 countries visited date, her stories are told on blogs and websites and in over 3 000 magazine feature articles spanning over 20 years.
Previously an award-winning editor on various South African lifestyle, travel and wildlife publications, Keri has worked freelance since 2001 and published articles in over 100 magazine titles. Every day, Keri wakes up to write or to travel, and her greatest wish is to inspire people through her stories to pack their bags and allow the travel bug to bite.