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...

Team building and lesson learning: My week as a camp manager

Some images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19. BY: Patrick Loam 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. I got to be the camp manager after a month of being at the Bushwise...

Adapt and overcome

Photo by: Hunter Ferrier BY: Remi van der Stok 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. Everyone knew this was going to be an exciting, challenging week. My group would be starting rifle...

Ten interesting rhino facts

BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie Can you name ten interesting rhino facts that don’t have to do with rhino species’ endangered statuses? Well, we’ve got you covered. Rhinos have been in the spotlight for years because of their declining numbers and vulnerability to poaching.  But we’re starting to see some rhino population numbers rising, and there are...

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.” –...

The importance of plants in ecology and field guiding

BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie What’s the importance of plants in ecology and field guiding? Well, field guiding and ecology both depend on nature, and there would be no nature without plants!  Natural spaces don’t just need plants because they bring splashes of colour to the outside world. There are tons of plant functions that are essential...

Interesting facts about lions and World Lion Day

BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie World Lion Day – celebrated annually on 10 August – is all about lion conservation and getting the word out with interesting facts about lions. You’ve seen lions in movies, maybe had a stuffed toy lion as a kid, or even got a glimpse of lions in their natural habitats while on...

Terrific facts about the different types of tortoises

BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie There are tons of different types of tortoises on Earth and even more tortoise facts that you can learn to get up to speed on every species! From how they smell to where they live, tortoises aren’t as plain and simple as you may think. Here are some facts about tortoises that’ll...

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...