Ulovane Update: January 2018 Field Guides Week 1
Navigating our way through this exciting maze
The first thing that made me fall in love with Ulovane was driving up to Open Day in Sept/Oct 2017. As you go through the gate and around a corner covered with sweet thorn, you see the rolling hills, thicket and a few scattered trees lining the horizon.
The preparation before starting the course made it all very real and made me realise how soon it would all begin. Some advice I can give when preparing is: bring old clothes for first aid and sustainable living, use Mr Price, K-Way or Outdoor Warehouse to get you required clothing, backpacks, shoes, etc.
Arriving to a whole new bunch of people is quite weird and quite nerve-wracking, give it about a week and you’ll feel just at home.
On our first morning, we were up at 4 am for our first game drive. As we drove onto Amakhala we found the lions, just a few hours later we found the cheetah! We were clearly very lucky. The rest of the week only got better as we witnessed a herd of elephant swimming and drinking as we watched from the hilltop above them. They conquered the heat with a dip in the dam, it was all breathtaking!
I have always wanted to know more about what is beneath the bonnet of my car, now I do! In a week I have learnt to identify a few birds, trees, plants, roads (without road signs) and so much more!
From coming in not knowing a thing about first aid, to 2 nights later being able to treat patients correctly in set up scenarios with 8 patients, all with different injuries, I am very happy to have finished the first aid course. I learnt so much from impalements to fractures and CPR. The lecturer had a lot of experience to apply to different scenarios to make the class part of the course just a bit more exciting. The practical work is fun and realistic. It was truly an amazing experience and a worthwhile skill, no doubt about it.
You will learn to sleep, shower and sanitize with spiders (Haha). You do need to be serious about the course as there is studying to be done, but it is all worth it! Sitting in the tracker seat, overlooking the reserve from Ridge Road and a teaspoon full of sand in your coffee…..I could not think of anywhere better to be!
- Karien Krugel
Once a Year, Go Someplace You’ve Never Been Before – Dalai Lama