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2015

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 and...

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. Now...

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 we...

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. What a pity...

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 us,...

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 about...

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 on our...

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 on Wednesday...

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 information. Ian...

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 to...