Back in the saddle after a much needed rest on Sunday after the full tracking week saw Monday kick off with a fish lecture in the morning and a game drive with a student at the wheel as per usual. Tuesday saw the students back in the lecture room attending an Arthropods lecture (for the uninformed-creepy crawlies and things!) and a tree walk in the afternoon for those that were not intending to do a placement, whilst those that are, were met with for one-on-one interviews with Shirell and Charles.
Wednesday morning kicked off with yet another game drive with students doing the driving again. Students were rewarded once again with some exceptionally amazing elephant and lion sightings, together with some really close up interactions particularly with the lions as the “flehmen grimace” taught in our lectures was demonstrated beautifully. Other pretty memorable sightings this week included a herd of elephants taking a dip in a dam. Whilst our aim at this stage, is to focus on the smaller things on game drives, these ‘high profile sightings’ that we keep bumping into, are definitely keeping the students enthralled.
Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning saw the students also getting to grips with rifle “dry” runs as they were put through the paces of handling large calibre firearms which all guides, at some stage in their careers, will most likely be required to obtain competency with.
Thursday evening included an unusual treat – a night game drive! Regrettably the drive had to be cut short just before 9pm, due to inclement weather in the form of an electrical storm that, while spectacular to say the least, proved too hazardous to continue, but not before students were blessed with another elephant encounter and lion pride sighting!
Today, the students are either on a bush walk, off to town to make final travel arrangements for the upcoming 7 day break, or studying hard for tomorrow’s tests. Good luck with the tests guys and girls, and for those of you travelling over your break, please travel safely and enjoy.
Other exciting news is the announcement of a student photographic competition, open to current placement and course students (2H2012 placement students and all 1H2013 students). Up for grabs is one night’s accommodation for two, including game drives and meals, at the exclusive, award winning Garonga Safari Camp on Makalali Private Game Reserve. (www.garonga.com). Details of the competition will be posted to the Bushwise facebook page (www.facebook.com/bushwise) soon, along with the rules and T&C’s – so keep an eye out for that! With such an amazing prize up for grabs, we expect to see some exceptional images from our students.
Until next time,
Trevor and the Bushwise Team