Safari Guide of the Year 2022 – what sets them apart, brings them together

At Bushwise, we can’t hold back our excitement for Safari Guide of the Year 2022. We’re excited because we’re hosting this year’s prestigious event in the Greater Kruger National Park. We’re also excited because one of our very own trainers, Nico Brits, is one of the top five finalists for this award. But mostly, we’re...

Field guide jobs and career paths: where do I go from here?

If there’s one thing we know about field guides, it’s that there’s no “one size fits all” field guide job. You might think, but a field guide is a field guide, right? Not quite!  When a student joins a Bushwise Professional Field Guide course, a 35-day Practical FGASA course, or even one of our online...

The growl of the leopard

BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2, Apprentice Trails Guide and Bushwise Copywriter The first growl was so faint, I thought it was the wind.  I rolled over in my sleeping bag, trying to block out the sound.  The second growl was clear. I bolted upright in my tent, listening carefully, trying to distinguish that uniquely cat-like...

Ethics and ethology: let’s talk about elephants

In this photo blog, Bushwise Videographer and Photographer Louise Pavid discusses animal behaviour and guiding ethics. One of the most important tools in any field guide’s arsenal is a good grounding in the discipline of ethology – the study of animal behaviour. While nature enthusiasts enjoy beautiful imagery of animals going about their daily business...

Extremely rare, highly threatened, and insanely cute: meet the pangolin

BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2, Apprentice Trails Guide and Bushwise Conceptual Copywriter Ask any field guide about the most elusive creatures in the bush: endangered pangolins will be right at the top of the list. Talk to guests about their experiences on safari and what animals they’ve always wanted to see: a pangolin will be...

Bushwise Field Guides to Host Safari Guide of the Year 2022

BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2, Apprentice Trails Guide and Bushwise Conceptual Copywriter Bushwise Field Guides is thrilled to host the the Safari Guide of the Year 2022 competition, along with key sponsors FGASA and WildEarth! Bushwise Field Guides is the host sponsor for the Safari Guide of the Year 2022 competition, to be held from...

World Wetlands Day 2022: Wetlands Action for People and Nature

BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2, Apprentice Trails Guide and Bushwise Conceptual Copywriter Each year on 2 February, the world celebrates World Wetland Day. In this article we take a look at the importance of wetlands around the world, with an emphasis on South Africa.  World Wetlands Day is a celebration of all things wetland. From...

Understanding the FGASA field guide qualifications

BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2 and Apprentice Trails Guide Annie, Bushwise Writer and Apprentice Field Guide, examines the FGASA qualifications for field guiding and how Bushwise jump-starts your training. If you’re planning to join a Bushwise Professional Field Guide course, you might be asking yourself: how will this certification help me in my career journey?...

December in the Lowveld: how the bush decorates for the holidays

BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2 and Apprentice Trails Guide In the northern hemisphere, the cold December weather arrives and brings snow, winter coats, and warm beverages. On the opposite side of the world, here in the Lowveld of South Africa, Bushwise students are donning shorts and sandals, and trying not to sweat through their clothes...