Daniel Mogale on falling deeply in love with nature, and life after Bushwise

Daniel Mogale on falling deeply in love with nature, and life after Bushwise

The Bushwise alumni gives his unfiltered take on choosing the road less travelled, and staying focused through a tumultuous time.

 

BW: I hope you are well. Where in the world are you now?

DM: I am quarantined in the capital city (Pretoria), learning Mandarin.

 

BW: When did you do the Bushwise course? 

DM: I completed the Bushwise course in 2019.

 

BW: Why did you want to do a field guiding course?

DM: My interest in wildlife was sparked in 2008 when I enrolled at the Tshwane University of Technology to study Adventure Tourism Management. Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours became my home for the next seven years and seven months that followed.

 

 

Here, I uncovered my passion for helping visitors. As part of the experience I was able to meet and engage with new people on a daily basis, as well as make new friends.

Along the way, my appreciation of nature and my surroundings grew. I wanted to know more about it all –  from the smallest cicada to the largest mammals. Then I was really fortunate to get a sponsor from one of the top academic institutions in South Africa, and I jumped at the opportunity to enroll at Bushwise.

 

BW: What did you think of the course?

DM: I found it quite tough in the beginning. Thankfully the Bushwise trainers went above and beyond to equip us with their wealth of knowledge and provide extra assistance. Soon, I was confident enough to lead game drives in the bush. 

Before I started the course I only knew about six bird species, now I know a whole lot and also their calls. 

 

 

BW: Any highlights from the experience?

DM: I distinctly recall the day we came across a Pangolin. It was my first time ever seeing one. This is an extremely rare animal to see in the bush.

 

BW: Where did you do a placement?

DM: I started my placement at GVI in December 2019 but it was cut short, ending in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 outbreak. We went into lockdown, but the little time I had spent on placement was incredibly impactful. I met people from all over the world and even curated my first game drive with the GVI volunteers. I am inspired to continue on this path.

 

 

BW: What are your future plans?

DM: Not only am I a culture and adventure guide, I am now also a qualified field guide. I am determined to run and own my own safari company one day, for the purpose of sharing vital information about nature and our planet with visitors.