Toads, Triggers and Teams: The battle has begun…
The first half of the week was split between rifle competency training, and focusing on frogs and frogging in between some amazing game drives! Awesome sightings of animals from the biggest elephants to the smallest little frogs were seen and appreciated. We got to learn the common calls of the bushveld frogs, and how to find and photograph them!
At least three separate sightings of elephant herds were seen, and close encounters ensured the students could learn the finer details of how to read and control big 5 sightings in an ethical manner.
Then after all the learning and practical was completed the traditional team building games began, in the spirit of teamwork team A, B and C were challenged with various tasks, ranging from the very traditionally Afrikaans sport of jukskei, egg racing, blood trails and more! All three teams did very well, and each then got their respective mascots which they will look after for the rest of the course.
However, caring for the mascots seemed to be the hardest challenge of them all, when not even a weekend has passed, and already one mascot has gone missing!! Will the Team find it again? We will have to see what happens in the weeks to come!
The team building ended off with a social braai, where the students could let their hair down a bit and relax into the first full weekend off that they have had since course started! Next week sees them back at the grinding wheel as they conquer the next big chapter of their guiding course: botany!
Until next week, regards from the bush, Vaughan & The Bushwise Team