Transforming into a safari guide

BY: Sanette Jonker One of our Bushwise Professional Field Guide course students looks back on her experience and discusses the lessons that she will take forward in her new career. There were two weeks left for us on campus, a place that had become home. As the first good rains fell in the Lowveld and...

Wander the wild: bushwalk

BY: Louise Pavid The images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19.     Being on foot in the wild touches a primal, ancestral and seemingly forgotten part of our human genetics. In today’s modern, fast-paced and instantly gratified lifestyle, it’s easy to neglect the places we come from. It’s easy for us to say that we...

It’s the small things that bring the wild to life

BY: Louise Pavid   Chasing the big five is always the number one priority for most bushveld newcomers. The thrill of spotting a leopard or having an elephant stand within metres of you is prized above all else. Yet, it’s often the case that the smaller things are what makes an experience in the wild...

A week with lions and leopards

BY: David Miles Camp manager blogs are written by our current students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week. I enjoyed being camp manager during an eventful week! The week started with game drives and practical observation tests. We learned about...

Nearing the end of the course

BY: Lorena Peter Camp manager blogs are written by our current students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week. “This is it!” I thought. We were in the final leg of our Bushwise journey, with only one week to go before...

Building a career after Bushwise

The images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19. BY: Tracey Bruton This blog was written by Tracey, a graduate of Bushwise. Here, Tracey shares her career journey as a field guide after completing a course with Bushwise. I was born in Makhanda, in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, and moved to Cape Town when...

Crunch time on campus

Some images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19. BY: Darryn Murray This blog was written by Darryn, one of our trainers. In this blog, Darryn talks about exam time for the Bushwise students.  As the students on campus approach the end of the course, their months of learning, training and studying will be put to...

Adventures in the African safari

BY: Adam Christensen Camp manager blogs are written by our current students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week. When everyone returned to campus, we shared stories about the adventures everyone had during off-week. My week off was one for the...

Leadership and teamwork go together

The images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19. BY: Matilde Sant’Ana  Camp manager blogs are written by our current students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week. After an exciting and relaxing week off, the students at the Mahlahla campus met...

Animals don’t always play by the book

Photo by: Carl Louis Steenkamp BY: Nico Brits This blog was written by Nico, one of our trainers. Here, Nico shares his experiences with wild animals in the African safari. As a field guide, it’s important to have academic knowledge of animals, but it’s equally important to observe and interpret what’s happening with the animals...