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African Photo Safari Wide Game

This is a full-day wide game we used at a District camp some years ago. It is suitable for all ages. The theme of the camp was Out of Africa.


Girls were arranged into patrols with an even mixture of ages 5–17. This allowed the little ones to get help from the bigger ones, and was a great way to mix skills and interact with girls from other age-group Units.


You are going on a safari to take pictures of African wild animals. The very rare animals you wish to take photos of are across difficult country with all sorts of obstacles to overcome, but you think it is worth it so that you can enter your rare photographs in a competition being run by an international magazine.

  1. Pick up your supplies from the QM — food and water.
    Make sure you are well equipped for the African weather: hat and sunscreen, warm clothing for the highlands, and comfortable shoes for the long trek. Take your First Aid kit and map.
  2. Each group will start at a different country in Africa. In that country you will overcome the obstacle explained to you by your guide for that country. When you have overcome the obstacle, you can collect your photo of an animal from that country.
    Make sure you visit each country during the day and collect an animal from each one. The activities may take different amounts of time — be flexible and visit whichever country is free when you are ready to swap. Some countries could handle more than one team at a time — ask the leader in charge of an activity you haven't done if she can handle your patrol too, if there isn't a free country.
    At lunchtime (listen for Come to the Cookhouse Door being beaten on the tom tom drums), we will all go to NIGERIA to cook our lunch and obtain a photo of a Zebra.
  3. When you have finished your safari, bring home your animals and develop your colour photographs (colour in the pictures — there should be enough for each patrol member to colour one photo — if not, the patrol leader should ask for extras so that everyone has a photo).
    Put your name and unit on your photo, and send it off to the competition (older girls could help the youngest ones in their patrol with this part). The mail box will be in the same area as the coloured pencils (in this case, outside Brownie Cottage).
Country Guides (Leaders) Activity Wet Weather Alternative Photo
Congo   Poisonous Spider Web This activity could be set up inside a marquee or building Chimpanzee
Kenya   Rope Bridge

Cats' Cradles

White Rhino
South Africa   Build a "Hide" Make a natural mobile using grasses etc.
Blutac or plasticine or cotton
Ghana   First Aid This could be done anywhere Lion
Djibouti   Gordian Knot This could be done anywhere Camel
Tanzania   Make a set of beads This could be done anywhere Giraffe
Nigeria All Leaders Milk carton lunch This could be done inside if necessary Zebra
Zimbabwe   Send a code message on the drums This could be done anywhere Elephant


Welcome to the Congo!

You have been walking through the jungle when you come across a huge spider web. Your local guide tells you that this is a poisonous web with magical properties:

  • If you touch the web, you become blind for the next 30 minutes (you will be blindfolded to make sure!)
  • Only one person can pass through each hole in the web (to help you keep track of which holes you have used, the local guide will hang a marker in each hole as it is used)
  • The whole team must pass through the web to obtain your photo of a Chimpanzee, so think before you start, because this will take teamwork and planning.

Hint: Remember the last person coming through the web, and plan ahead!


Welcome to Kenya!

You have come to the edge of a great abyss, but you need to get to the other side of the canyon to take a photo of the rare White Rhino.

Construct a simple rope bridge and have your whole team cross the bridge. You may refer to the Guide Handbook or ask the leaders in charge for ideas and assistance with knots. For the sake of ease, you can assume that one member of your team was dropped in by helicopter to scout the area and you can throw a rope across the gorge to her. (The reason the rest of you are not being dropped in by helicopter is that you don't want to scare the group of rhinos now that they have come into the area.)

South Africa

Welcome to South Africa!

You are in the savannah country that the springbok love, but to get close enough for a photo you must construct a hide so that they can't see you.

Use whatever materials are at hand to build a shelter that will hide at least one member of your team.


Welcome to Ghana!

But what a disaster — as you are looking for a lion pride to photograph, you come upon another safari group that has been attacked by a renegade lion.

Render first aid as required before you continue on your way.


Welcome to Djibouti!

You meet an interesting Arab who tells you about the mythical Gordian knot. Then he challenges you to undo the knot.

Follow the directions of the leaders. If you succeed in undoing this knot, try doing it with everyone's eyes closed except for those of the patrol leader. Then try it with her eyes closed too!


Welcome to Tanzania!

As you can see from the pictures, Africa is a continent of beautiful jewellery. While you are hunting for Giraffe, you stop at an African village where the women offer to help you make some beautiful African jewellery of your own.

Using the tray of beads provided, make a necklace for each member of your patrol, and wear it for the rest of your journey.


Welcome to Zimbabwe!

You are hunting for elephant when you hear a drum beat. You follow the sound to a village where the people offer to help you learn to send messages on the drums.

Using Morse Code and the percussion instruments provided:

  • send an SOS
  • say HELLO
  • send your patrol name
  • try to do some free rhythm drumming together — to a song you all know, or just on its own.