… since you heard from me about the Inkanyiso Crèche. Due to the country-wide COVID-19 crisis lockdown the Crèche is closed since March. But yesterday we delivered a lot of needed sanitizing materials and our teacher Lungi had started cleaning the crèche to prepare it for re-opening. We hope that this will be possible in the next few weeks.

Lungi is getting ready and is looking forward to welcoming back all the kiddies.

We would like to thank again all friends of the Inkanyiso Crèche around the world who enable us with their donations to help these children.

Thanda Safari guests and our followers on social media often ask about the possibility to help with donations. For more information you can contact or me at

Louise is project manager for the Thanda Foundation Trust who helps to coordinate the support for the crèche.

Any donation – small or large – helps to make the life of these little ones a bit better.

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To all Donors and Friends of the Inkanyiso Crèche

Dear friends,

A lot has happened since my last report to you. As pictures speak more than words I have included many images with my text. Thanks again for the generous donations which helped us to implement many project at the crèche. Your continued support enables us to help many underprivileged children in the rural areas of Zululand.

Next to the Inkanyiso Crèche we are working on identifying two more projects in the other two communities which border Thanda Safari. Please let me know if you want to help us with the future projects. I really appreciate any support we can get to improve the lives of these young ones 🙂 I will continue to keep you updated on our progress!

… and now the Inkanyiso Crèche news …

Graduation – Thirteen kids graduated end of last year and have now started primary school. Thanks to Lungy, our teacher, they are well prepared for their school life. We had a great party to celebrate the occasion.


Class of 2019

Volunteers – Many volunteers have helped over the last 18 month to improve the crèche. But none contributed as much as Miss Olivia – which is what the kids called her – an Australian Primary School Teacher co-teaching at the crèche for four weeks. If you are a teacher who would like to send a few weeks as Ulwazi Volunteer with Lungy and the children then just contact me at

Ulwazi Volunteer

Jungle Gym – It is not news any more but it is still the favourite place for most of the children.

Jungle Gym

Jungle Gym

Flying High – The new trampoline is another winner.

Daily Breakfast – Not one of the kids starts the day hungry any more. We are providing a flavoured porridge breakfast with full fat milk every morning. One of our generous donors has provided funds for the breakfast throughout 2020!


Water and Toilettes – We have added gutters to the roof and installed multiple water tanks to capture the most valuable commodity on earth: Water! And the new toilettes are being built as we speak. It takes a bit longer than originally planned but it is happening now. This is called African Time 🙂

Water and Toilettes

Power for the Crèche – we just installed solar panels and a battery bank to supply the crèche with DC power. This allows charging phones, a small tablet, a small sound system and it provides LED light. The system was installed by EcoElite, who donated system components and will provide service for the system for the next five years. The power will also be used for the water pump for the toilettes.

Power for the Creche

Warm in the Winter for the Class of 2020 – One of our generous donors brought 30 woollen beanies and 30 pair of gloves for the little ones. They will be of great use in the upcoming winter. Most of the kids put them on immediately and ‘tested’ them on the jungle gym. The sunny summer weather did not stop them using their newly acquired clothes.

Winter is coming :-)

Class of 2020

All of us can be proud of what has been achieved in the last 18 month. And there are more projects for the crèche to come: Tiles for the room floors, a shaded outside area, additional training for our teacher, …

We also need to create a yearly fund for the ongoing costs (teacher salary, teaching materials, …). I am working on the budget for that.

And as always at the end: We are grateful for any donation small or large. If we all work together we will be able to keep the Inkanyiso Crèche going for many years to come.

Contact me at if you would like to help.

Christian Sperka, February 2020

The Inkanyiso Crèche is supported by many Thanda Safari Guests, the Thanda Foundation Trust, and Friends of the Crèche from all Around the World. Thanks so much for all your help!


It has been a while since I reported on my blog and social media channels about the INKANYISO crèche in rural Zululand to which many of my friends around the word have contributed so generously (donation funds).

I visited the crèche today.

The teacher and the kids were not at the crèche as they are currently on school holidays.

As always, a few kids from the neighborhood swarmed in as soon as I flew my drone. They love the little flying machine. I have to take off and land at least five times before they are satisfied with the performance.

The fence is now finished and is looking very good. Thanks to Thanda Safari for all the fence materials. From my donation funds I was able to pay for the gates and for the required labour.

I also delivered and installed a new wall mounted white board, small white boards and pens for the children, some educational posters and new brooms to keep the place tidy (all of this was also paid using some of the donation funds).

We are currently getting quotes for roof gutters to capture rain water for the crèche. I will also get two chains and locks for the gates and I will order some colorful Inkanyiso Crèche signs. I have still some donation fund money left to help with these expenses.

And I have still a few more projects in mind to help the crèche 🙂

This is a list of some of the items:

– A Jungle Gym

– Daily meal (breakfast) allowances for the kids

– Small sound system (battery operated with solar charger) to play music

– Teacher’s table and shelves for the staff room

– Teaching materials (on-going)

– Rails to hang up paper/maps

– Floor files

I will visit again as soon as the school term has started and deliver some presents which I got from one of my recent guests at Thanda (for kids and the teacher).

Thanks to so many of you who contributed to the project and thank to Thanda Management and Sbu Mlambo (Thanda Community Liaison Officer) for all the support.

I will keep you updated about the progress!


Many of my friends around the world have already helped with donations of useful materials and with money donations to buy various things. Thanks a lot.

If any of you – wherever you live in the world – would also like to help with a donation then please contact me at or via WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. I have bank accounts in Europe, USA and South Africa and I also have a PayPal account. So transferring any funds would be simple and would not cost a lot. Even the smallest contribution will be very much appreciated.

Be assured that 100% of whatever is donated will be used to pay for crèche projects.

The year in twelve pictures!

It seems that the years go faster the older I get. But my mother tells me that is the ‘modern’ world around me going faster and faster. Be that as it may, this busy year went by very quickly.

Here are 12 pictures. One for each month as a reminder of an interesting and eventful time.

I wish all of you a Happy New Year 2019!

In January I took this picture of a Secretary bird during a visit to Ithala Game Reserve. One of my favourite national parks in KwaZulu Natal.

On 19 February we had over 100 mm of rain and the Thanda House waterhole was full to the rim. In my over six years at Thanda I had never seen so much water!

I call March the month of the Lions. All North pride females presented their litters to the world and all the sudden we had 10 new Lion cubs!

One of my favourite subjects to photograph are White Rhinos on the Thanda Safari savanna. I really like this shot taken in April. The savanna was still quite green at the time.

It is always very existing when a herd of Elephants appears around a corner and one has to practice driving backwards to get out of their way. On this day in May the herd was in a hurry to get to a waterhole. And so was I!

Chewing the cud. This Giraffe was supplementing its body with calcium and phosphorous from an old bone by chewing on it. This picture was taken in June, one of the winter month when this behaviour can often be observed.

I love the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Lake St.Lucia. A boat cruise on a day in July presented many opportunities to take pictures of sparring Hippos.

Thanks again to many of you around the world who help me supporting Inkanyiso Creche in one of our local communities. In August I delivered a first batch of goodies (tables, games, pictures, …). More will follow in the new year!

A visit to Tembe Elephant Park is always worthwhile. In September I had the opportunity to visit again and I got some great Elephant and Buffalo images.

October: A bit of hanky-panky in spring. The most natural thing in the world. Making new Zebras! Note the Buffalo in the background watching with interest.

Baby animals are always cute, but little Hyena puppies win this year’s price for cuteness. Since November we had many sightings of them around their den.

Summer rains have started properly and the savanna is turning green again. Our new Cheetah males love the open areas which they share with many species. In this December image Zebras, Impalas and Rhinos are posing in the background for this Cheetah portrait.

And in case you would like to view more of my 2018 pictures just have a look at my images on Instagram –

I will now take a few days off relaxing at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve.

I will be back in 2019 with more pictures from Thanda Safari and many other places in the South African Wild. |

Ten Crazy Weeks

The last ten weeks have been by far the busiest since my arrival in South Africa over six years ago. They were exciting, interesting and exhausting.

But there was no time for blogging. Nevertheless here are my twenty favorite images from this period. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

No kidding – that sign is appropriate! | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28-300mm L

A Cheetah chasing an Impala – taken during a photo shoot game drive at a Thanda Wedding in August | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

An aerial image of a painting session in the bush. Johan Falkman, a painter from Sweden, started his three month residency at Thanda Safari’s Intibane Lodge | Drone DJI Phanton IV Pro

Mariana Venter (Thanda Wildlife Manager) opens the cage for a new Cheetah lady arriving at Thanda | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

A happy day – I delivered my first set of goodies to the Inkanyiso Creche | iPhone 7 Plus

One of many images from a multi-day photo shoot at Thanda Tented Camp | Drone DJI Phanton IV Pro

A most pleasant site inspection – Thonga Beach Lodge – A fabulous place | Drone DJI Phanton IV Pro

An afternoon of relaxation at my favorite hide at Mkuze Game Reserve – Bird, birds, birds … | Canon 1D Mark – f2.8 – 300mm L

Photo shoot at Tembe Elephant Park – one of my favorite National Parks | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28-300mm

My favorite image from a two day safari with friends from Richards Bay | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

Zulu Mamas providing entertainment for a group of guests from The Netherlands – what a rare occasion to be able to take pictures of the ladies at daylight | Canon 1D Mark IV – f2.8 – 70-200mm

A few game drives with a Media Group from South Africa – The male Lions ‘performed’ beautifully | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

With a Pakamisa riding and photo group at the beach in St.Lucia – I love the place | Canon 1D Mark IV – f2.8 – 70- 200mm

The busiest week ever – I was hosting a film team at Thanda for seven days to take footage for a new brand film – these are some of the models – three Humans and a Lion | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

A community visit to my favorite homestead – the ‘master of the house’ explaining his daily schedule to the guests | iPhone 7 Plus

And another Media Group – this time from the UK – our Lions were most impressive | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

Two new male Cheetahs on the reserve – the coalition is doing well | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

Our older Cheetah male vocalizing as he met the new-comers – they went their separate ways – no harm done | Canon 1D Mark IV – f3.5-5.6 – 28- 300mm

Rutting in October – these Impala males were sparring and fighting at the wrong time of the year 🙂 | Canon 1D Mark IV – f2.8 – 300mm L

And last my favorite shot of them all – Dung Beetles at work – burrowing their ball in the ground – gone in five minutes – macro photography from a distance 🙂 | Canon 1D Mark IV – f4 – 500mm L

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I had finally time to deliver the first batch of goodies to the crèche.

The kids and their volunteer teacher Lungy Philile were delighted about their new tables, crayons, paper, educational toys, balls, large trash container and plastic boxes to store everything in. They especially loved the 11 baby animal posters with names in isiZulu and in English.

I also delivered a nice food hamper for Lungy as a thank you for her volunteer work with the children.

Next I am planning to get them a large white board, pens, more educational games and some outside play equipment (eg swings).

I will keep you updated.

Thanks again for all the generous donations many of you have sent which enable me to help!

About the crèche:

With the help of some guests’ donations Thanda Safari has built this little school house. It is now run by a community committee without the help of any public funds. A volunteer teacher is looking after the – up to 30 – two to four year old kids. This crèche is located in one of the poorest areas of Zululand.