After settling in, the first activity was a night drive. The drive got off to a marvelous start with a leopard sighting in the first 15 minutes and within an hour the CCB staff had also seen a clan of spotted hyaenas — two species that are not regularly seen in the reserve. The team also got to see the usual suspects like zebra and rhino. Following the drive, there was a braai hosted by the reserve staff, and some games were played before turning in to sleep. The early birds of the group managed to make it to the morning game drive, which was animated by some bird watching activities.
Along with making French fries over a wood fire, some of the challenges the team faced included sharing chores and an impromptu walk to the village of Paje (which took a couple of hours.) While some people got to bask in the sun at the poolside, others were engaged in team meetings in preparation for the annual planning meeting set for Gaborone the following week.
Sanitas served as the venue for the annual planning meeting – the purpose of which is to do organization-wide reconsolidation and recalibration in preparation for a new year. Each of the department coordinators gave their progress updates and received feedback from their peers. Along with planning the 2020 calendar of activities, there was a crucial discussion regarding some issues affecting the communities CCB works with. The highlight of the meeting was an award ceremony where the executive management appreciated the efforts of some of the organisation’s staff. Boitumelo Mokgosi received the Director’s Award for exemplary diligence and contribution to the organisation, while Leanne Van der Weyde and Britz Malepe received the Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Employee awards respectively.