The Marula Tree – The Tree Of Life

This blog about marula trees was written by Aldo Louw. Special topic blogs are written by Bushwise students during their course, and all facts included are based on their research. Read time: 3 mins An African sunset, sipping on an Amarula liqueur somewhere in the beautiful breathtaking bush on a game reserve in South Africa....

The real life magic of magic guarri

This blog is by Bushwise Professional Field Guide student Molly Swan. As part of their training, each student submits a researched blog based on a topic of their choice.  3 min read South Africa is known to many as a place to visit to see stunning animals such as elephants, rhinos, lions and cheetahs. But...

Why Flora? Understanding plant life.

You might not assume that plants and ancestors go hand in hand. But when your name’s Flora – a traditional Sepedi name passed down through generations – and plants are used at home for medicinal and traditional purposes, plants and ancestry really do go together!  This blog was written by Queeneth Seepano and Flora Molepo,...

Mad for marula fruit: facts about the marula tree

  BY: Megan Colborne As a field guide, you need to be prepared for every type of question. From “what is a marula tree?” to “are African animals getting drunk from ripe marula fruit?” Whatever the question, we’ve got you covered on all things marula. Once you’ve completed your training at Bushwise Field Guides and...

How did the zebra get its stripes? And other zebra facts and folklore

Single-hoofed, black-and-white striped equids known as zebras can be found in the African bushveld. These beasts are closely related to horses and donkeys, but have an interesting story of their own.  Telling stories to your guests is an important part of your role as a field guide, so it’s a good idea to have some...

Fauna and flora, one species at a time

Bushwise student Petri Oberholster shares how he’s learning to identify the nearly endless species of fauna and flora you’ll see in the Lowveld. Camp manager blogs are written by our current students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week. When I...

South African plants and cultural beliefs

South Africa is home to a huge variety of plant life, with many plants holding important cultural, medicinal and spiritual values. Bushwise trainer Francois Theron explores the role of South African plants and why this knowledge is important for safari guides. South Africa is exceptionally rich in plant diversity and accounts for more than 20,000...

Astronomy and mythology: written in the stars

This article was written by Ben Coley, Bushwise Trainer and author of the new Specialist Astronomy Qualification now offered by FGASA. Since the dawn of time, humans have looked to the heavens to understand the world. From learning to interpret the passing of time, to navigating at night, to predicting the best times of the...