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...

The million dollar guide: How soft skills make a big impression

The images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19.  BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2 and Apprentice Trails Guide When you’re training to become a field guide, you spend weeks memorising information, repeating facts and observations about animals, and learning how to interpret animal behaviour. But what about the soft skills of guiding that make a field...

Promoting and protecting: a field guide’s role in conservation

Photo by: Callum Evans BY: Annie DuPre, FGASA NQF2 and Back-up Trails Guide In honour of Wildlife Conservation Day on 4 December, we’re proud to highlight the role of field guides in conservation.  The main responsibilities of a field guide are quite straightforward – they guide guests in the field, whether in grasslands, savannah, rainforests,...