Seventeen-year-old Tahnee Jones will be venturing to Africa in a few months to work with wild animals.
Seventeen-year-old Tahnee Jones will be venturing to Africa in a few months to work with wild animals. JoJo Newby

Tahnee adventures to Africa

FORMER South Grafton High student Tahnee Jones will take a walk on the wild side when she starts living with Africa’s big five animals in July.

The 17-year-old will be flying to Africa to spend eight weeks volunteering at a private wildlife reserve in Kwantu where she will spend her days surrounded by elephants and lions while she carries out her daily duties which include bottle-feeding the lion cubs, monitoring animal behaviour and environmental rehabilitation.

Tahnee’s adventure is part of a gap year program called Real Gap that offers hundreds of different destinations and experiences for young people.

Initially Tahnee has planned on just a two-week program but has now planned on extending her time to eight weeks. For seven weeks she will be stationed on the reserve working and spending weekends sightseeing at near-by areas. The final week will be spent on a road trip with other volunteers starting at Port Elizabeth down to Cape Town where she will be bungy jumping and visiting a crocodile ranch.

“I’m going to be with a big group of young people, but I don’t know anybody that will be there,” she said.

Tahnee has always dreamt about travelling around the world.

“I really want to travel everywhere, particularly to Africa. It has always been a dream of mine,” she said.

Since graduating Year 12 last year she has been working hard to save the money for her trip. “I have been working all the time and I almost have enough to go.”



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