Forget animals. Field guiding’s about people too.

BY: Geena Wegner 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. Geena was part of our January class and led the group earlier in the year. “Who is doing this course because they...

Leading game drives, hosting dinners and studying

BY: Grant Helfrich Camp manager blogs are written by our students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week. Grant was a Bushwise student from our January 2021 class, this is a blog based on his experience as a camp manager earlier...

The Balule bird nerd

BY: Brendan Davis PHOTO BY: Brendan Davis 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. One of the most underestimated and underappreciated classes in the animal kingdom is the Aves. I was one...

My experience at Bushwise

BY: Carel-Louis Steenkamp 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. Where do I begin? The past six months at Bushwise have contained a bit of everything. It’s been action-packed, adventurous, funny, sad,...

Geology’s role in safaris

BY: Darryn Murray, trainer at the Bushwise Mahlahla campus  So, your holiday is planned. You’re off on safari to one of Africa’s many wonderful game reserves, or national parks.  How will having an understanding of geology help you to find the ever elusive leopard, a particular bird species or maybe even the very sought after...

Exam week

BY: Sarah Bennett 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 was the week we had all been waiting for. That we had all been studying, reading, and testing for. Exam week....

A week of walks

BY: Jenika Pohl PHOTO BY: Taya Maasch  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. On 13 May, the sightings we caught on-foot were amazing. In the morning, I walked along the river...

Adventure begins where the tarmac ends

BY: Matt Foulsham 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. What separates us from the animals we see in the bush? For me, it’s our ability to use tools. And there is...

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...