SANParks scientific services staff from Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) put on brave faces and took up the challenge of some Sabie River white water. As part of their annual team building event, the team climbed aboard their 'geckoes' and paddled their way downstream.
A Gecko is a very small raft that is steered with your hands - no paddles are needed. These appeared to be very easy to steer and proved to be a great way for the staff and their families to have some fun in the sun and water!
Most of the staff are more familiar with the Sabie River as it flows past the Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger park, spending more time working on more land-based projects and monitoring programmes. This was a chance for everyone to get wet and experience the thrill of rushing down the rapids and floating between the calm pools along the river.
'Success or failure in a career is more a result of mental attitude rather than mental capacities. Our scientific services annual team building event aims to encourage positive and creative thinking for the year ahead' says Sandra MacFadyen, GIS specialist working in scientific services, who organises the annual team event. Nothing like some aquatic challenges to bring a team together.
By Michele Hofmeyr