When Emily arrived at Tanda Tula Safari Camp she was rather shy and quiet, but once we started engaging with her it was incredible to learn the passion this young woman has for her surrounding natural environment.

Emily Mathe was one of the young job seekers who were part of the Tanda Tula photographic and learning program that we ran alongside Wild Shots Outreach two months ago. Not only is Emily beautifully spoken, but she also has a good eye and is an unbelievably creative photographer. While spending time in camp she took some really unusual and gorgeous images. 
This young woman has studied crop cultivation and is particularly keen on preserving the Greater Kruger and it’s animals which surround the area where she lives. Initially she had no real understanding of the safari industry and the importance of this wild space which existed right on her doorstep: “I thought that only white people work in the safari industry and if you are black you should be more educated to gain the experience of the safari industry. Well, my visit to Tanda Tula really changed my mindset in a way that now I know that you don't need to be more educated or white in skin colour to work for safari industries. All you need is to be self-motivated, driven, easy to talk to and be friendly and love what you do whether be it hospitality, chef, clerk or tracker. You must love your job and that will make it easy for you to wake up in the morning to go to work.”

It is so inspiring to read her words and know that after just a few days at Tanda Tula she managed to change her entire perception of an industry which needs to uplift more of these young local, eager to learn people. We have shared some of her images taken while in camp on this blog to give an idea of how she saw a day in the life of a safari camp through her lense.



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