Africa’s frogs: sightings from a lowveld campus

About 115 species of frogs and toads can be found in South Africa. Naturally it’s quite difficult to find them all, but in this blog Bushwise student Kyla Jordan shares what she’s learned about Lowveld frogs. 4 min read We have seen many different species of frogs around our campus. We have a resident frog...

Through the viewfinder: wildlife photography

This blog was written by Skye Ludbrook, Bushwise student at our Mahlahla campus. Skye has a keen interest in photography and is currently completing the FGASA Field Guiding and Conservation Careers internship.  3 min read Looking through the viewfinder on your camera is an incredible ability. It replicates taking a split second out of a...

Photography: painting with light

While doing a Bushwise course there are plenty of opportunities to learn and practice the tricks of wildlife photography; this is even a useful skill when hosting guests on safari! Bushwise student Jacques du Toit shares his experience in this blog. 3 min read A picture is worth a thousand words “A picture is worth...

Impala and wildebeest: iconic African antelope

In this blog, Bushwise students Daisy Gleeson and Tyler Delhougne talk about two of their favourite African antelope species. Often overlooked on game drives, antelope are found across the world and play an essential role in the ecosystem. Let’s learn more… 4 min read Antelope of the African bushveld There are about 91 different species...

Celebrating my birthday in the African bush

Willem (WH) was camp manager at our Mahlahla campus, a duty that every Bushwise student has at least once during a course. In this blog, WH explains the role of a camp manager, and also shares a very special birthday story! 3 min read One may ask why do you appoint a student still studying...

Rest and relaxation in the African bush

There’s nothing like rest and relaxation in the African bush, especially when it’s hard earned! Bushwise student Zack de Klerk became camp manager just as the students went on an off-week (break between semesters). This was an excellent opportunity to see what campus is like when it’s quiet… 4 min read Camp manager on an...

Are white lions a unique species? And more interesting facts about lions

Let’s dive deep into facts about lions, from pride dynamics to hunting practices. This blog was written by Chulu Msofe, a Bushwise student. All facts shared in this blog are based on Chulu’s independent research. 5 min read As field guide students, part of our training is understanding animal behaviour and habitats, which helps us...

My life between the UK and South Africa

This blog is by Daisy Gleeson, a Bushwise student who hails from London and has travelled between the UK and South Africa a few times in her life. Daisy shares her experience leaving a 9-5 job to pursue her dream of becoming an African safari guide. Read time: 5 mins Between the UK and South...

South Africa’s predator guild… and the Springboks

  As the week built up to a Springboks rugby match, Bushwise students were lucky enough to observe two species from South Africa’s predator guild: lions and wild dogs. This blog was written by Jocene de Kock, who shares her experience as camp manager during one of the most exciting weeks on course so far!...

The first step in my wildlife career

Siphiwe has just begun her wildlife career. As she looks forward to a promising future, she reflects on where she’s come from and how this experience will shape the guide she’s going to become. Read time: 3 min My name is Siphiwe Khoza, from Welverdiend village in South Africa. I’m one of the lucky four...