It’s not just about the Big Five

BY: Nico Brits This blog was written by Nico, one of our trainers. Here, Nico shares his experiences with guests, and why it’s important that field guides point out finer details in the bush. It can feel like a lot of pressure, having to deliver on all of your guest’s expectations as a field guide....

Talking trees

Photo by: Zlicke Slabber BY: Ryan Mengel  This blog was written by one of our trainers, Ryan. With years of experience in guiding, Ryan shares some of the ways nature fascinates him most. Have you ever sat and appreciated the settling sound and sensation of wind moving through trees, disrupting the leaves? Would you say...

The star of the show: Biodiversity

BY: Megan Smith This blog was written by Bushwise Research Coordinator, Megan. She has been researching with Bushwise for the past year. Here are her thoughts on the importance of biodiversity. “It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars.” –...

Here’s to exciting new beginnings

PHOTO BY: Hunter Ferrier BY: Francois Theron This blog was written by one of our trainers, Francois. With years of guiding experience, Francois shares some of the experiences he’s shared with the students this semester. We’re at the end of the first semester and what a semester it has been! Excited, energised, and full of...

My best experiences as a guide

BY: Jack Hutchinson This blog was written by one of our trainers, Jack. With over ten years of guiding experience, Jack shares some of his most memorable moments on the job.   As a guide your best and memorable experiences happen in your early years. Your first placement lodge, your first lion sighting, your first experience...

What does it mean to be a field guide?

BY: Francois Theron, trainer at the Bushwise Mahlahla campus One is often confronted with the question of what you are going to do with your life or what career you are going to follow. It isn’t always an easy answer or decision to make especially when you’re still young and haven’t figured out all these...

No shortcut to Trails Guide

BY: Lindi Hutchinson, a trainer at the Bushwise Balule Campus. I remember my journey to become a full Trails Guide.   It was everything but easy.  There was a lot of sweat, tears and frustration.  I jumped from lodge to lodge in the hope of finding a quicker way to achieve the hours and encounters I...

Becoming a guardian of nature

This blog isn’t meant to conjure up visions of doom and gloom. Rather, it is meant to inspire field guides to act as ambassadors. To make known to their visitors the truth about the dire situation that we are currently facing with regards to the loss of our natural world. Field guides have a critical...