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  • 30 Jul July 2015 summary

    So the last course is done and dusted and 5 girls have headed home pleased with the results that they have achieved. We wish them all the best in their new lives, some of them continuing with studies at university, some to find guiding jobs......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 11

    Every end is also a beginning. A beginning of something else, maybe something better, maybe something worse, something different. Last week has been our last week of “formal” studying: heard our last lecture, wrote our final Antares exam, and completed all our assignments and workbooks.......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 9

    Hard work, conducting a field guiding experience and stars? We continued from last week where each one of has had to do a walk or drive every morning to prep for our practical assessment. Naturally we have all been nervous but have improved each time......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 7

    Tuesday was the highlight of the week with a visit to Kinyonga reptile centre in Hoedspruit. We had the opportunity to handle and be photographed with a Burmese python we hand-fed giant plated lizards and even mouth-fed a big tropical chameleon. The slide-show presentation was very informative.......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 6

    Imagine yourself making a fire out of sticks, being surrounded by elephants and just before you go to sleep – saying good night to a female leopard. Sounds imaginary? Not if you’re living in the bush! Week 6 has been a very special week for......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 5

    Great start to a Monday morning as we went on a game drive with Canadian guests, and straight away we found 3 young black backed jackals running around playing with each other for about 10 minutes! Great sighting as we normally only see them for......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 4

    Buffalo, birds, spiders and Latin? We started the week off with a bang while we were on our walk we tracked and found a large herd of buffalo of about 130; it was truly the most magnificent sight we had ever seen. We kicked off......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 3

    Lions and spiders and scares… oh my! by Maria Jacovides We were totally out of our normal routine this week, with the first three and half days taken up by the obligatory first aid course needed to qualify for FGASA. Yet this was also interrupted......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 2

    Liesl had this to say about this week’s experiences on our 3 month course. Another week has passed with never a dull moment. We’re easing into a routine but the work pace is fast. Our passion and enthusiasm are keys in absorbing loads of new......

  • 30 Jul July 2015 week 1

    First week of a three months course as seen by Yael Israeli. Beginnings are always exciting – everything is new and unknown yet, but can also come with many concerns, worries and questions: How are my roommates going to be like? What will we have......

  • 30 Jun News update June 2015

    The site may seem to have been a bit quiet these past 6 months but its not because we were not busy. We have been helping out one of our fellow training providers running a 6 month overflow course for them. The course was a......

  • 30 Jan News update January 2014

    2014 started really well with a course of 7 students. This was going to be a very different course to the previous one where we only had the 2 students. The experience of the learners varied hugely. There was Jason who had virtually no prior......

  • 30 Sep News update September 2013

    September course was a huge gamble for us. We had 2 firm bookings and the potential of 2 more. Alicia needed to confirm her flights and so I took the decision to run with the course. As fate would have it the other 2 bookings......

  • 30 May News update from May 2013

    This course was an all male affair, much to the dismay of some of the young lads. There were 6 students attending and they were all from South Africa. 3 of them passed the course and 3 didn’t quite make the required pass mark in......

  • 30 Jan News update from January 2013

    This course was well attended with a mix of students from across the globe and of mixed gender. The course went well with all 7 students passing their FGASA theory exam in the end although one of them didn’t make the grade in the practical......

  • 30 May News Update from May 2012

    This course started of with 6 students but one of them dropped out after a month on the course for personal reasons. The other 5 students went on to successfully complete the course and they all passed their FGASA level 1 qualification, theory and practical.......

  • 30 Jan News Update from January 2012

    This was the first of our longer courses over 88 days. Initially I was not sure how well it would work but looking back at the whole course I can only say that it has been a great success and I think the students have......

  • 30 Mar News Update from March 2011

    This was the final 6 week course we are offering under the FGASA banner. Future courses will be run over 88 days. We had 7 students on this course, 1 international and the rest from RSA. Unfortunately the one student arrived a few days late......

  • 30 Nov News Update from November 2010

    There were 6 students on this course, 1 from SA and all the others were from the UK and Switzerland. All but 1 one of them managed to get through the course and at the time of writing the FGASA results are not available due......

  • 30 Oct News Update from May 2010

    Once again we only had 4 students. Most of them were from overseas and only 1 was local, in fact she was one of the owners here on the reserve. They all did extremely well and passed the Antares course with high marks. I found......

  • 30 Mar News Update from March 2010

    We had 4 students on the course, 3 of them local and 1 French lady. All 4 of them passed the Antares course and went on to write the FGASA exams. At the time of writing we are still waiting for their FGASA results. The......

  • 30 Oct News Update from October 2009

    There were 5 students on the course with ages ranging from 18-43. They came from all over, UK, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa. The course started off well with us trying to track a black rhino on the 1st day. However the search proved fruitless......

  • 28 Feb News Update from February 2009

    There were 5 local students on this course. It was a great feeling to be back in teaching mode after a break of 9 months away doing my contract with Birdlife South Africa, which by the way is still ongoing. 4 of the students passed......

  • 30 Apr News Update from April 2008

    This course was only attended by 3 students. Normally I would have not run the course but a 4th student canceled a few days before hand and since 2 of the students were coming from overseas it was decided to continue. Teaching only 3 students......

  • 30 Nov News Update from November 2007

    We had 6 students on the course in the end which was pleasing as we had nearly had to cancel it due to lack of numbers but then we got some late bookings. All the students were male and they were an exceptionally pleasant group......