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 others continue to travel Africa.
We had some amazing times on the course. The highlight may well have been the young leopard seen in early September with her duiker kill. The lions kept a low profile all through the course and although we spent many days trying to track them down on foot early on sightings were few and far between. The buffalo too stayed away, probably trying to find enough grazing somewhere else while the drought intensified and the bush suffered. There was rain in early September but then that was it and to date it still hasn’t rained and what early grass growth there was is now a distant memory and the bush languishes in the dry and dusty conditions. In fact as I write the last 5 days have all seen temperatures over 40°C.
But as Yael wrote in the very first week of the course… Nature has its own way and will probably surprise us in its special way, in different occasions. We can’t wait for the unknown to be revealed and for the new to come!
The final week saw the students bring all the knowledge together and passed their FGASA exams with flying colours. The reward was a final trip around the Kruger with an early start to head off towards the Orpen gate. The day produced the Big 5 as well as few other fantastic sightings. We celebrated the end of the course with a dinner out in town.