During this course, I’ve learned a lot of information from books, but I don’t think the amount of knowledge I’ve gained from the people around me could ever be measured and for that I am sure we will all be forever grateful.

Thank you to Retha & Paul, who had accepted us {crazy} humans into your home, and who were such a big support to us during the course, whether it was by just having a chat in the kitchen, or helping to organize amazing food for us, we are super grateful for every little thing you did.

To Piet and Shani, who for all purposes were the greatest mentors, not just for the course, but also for life, THANK YOU for always going just the extra bit to help us, and make life a little easier for us, although I’m sure we didn’t always do the same for you & for that I apologize sincerely.

To Schalk and Candice, I don’t even have words to really explain how grateful all of us are to you. During this course we again saw truly how amazing the two of you are and how dedicated you are to Ulovane as a whole, and I guess that is really what makes Ulovane such an amazing institute, the fact that it is run by two people who have such a passion for their job, that nothing is ever too big of an effort for you!

And then to our peers, like I said in the beginning of the blog, you guys truly are some of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and I would like nothing more than for you to have a successful life and persevere in all the challenges you may face. You guys have played a big part in the amount of fun and excitement I’ve experienced in the past 17 weeks, and I already can’t wait for the reunion we’re planning. It was great while it lasted, but now it’s time to go and explore the world!

Dominique Janse van Rensburg – 1 Year course – January 2016

I really can not thank Ulovane enough for everything during my 2-year program. I have made so many friendships, which really have turned into what feels like family. Piet, Kyle, and Schalk have been amazing mentors to me through every challenge and have helped me to conquer them all. Candice was there from the very beginning–answering ALL of my questions (of which there were many), and being there to support all of us through some tough times. There were many ups and downs throughout my time spent with Ulovane, the latter of which is only worth mentioning because of the brief time spent being discouraged, having difficulty finding a work placement due to my international status… but this was also rectified, thanks to the dedication and helpfulness from my mentors.

If you are looking to enter the guiding industry, Ulovane Environmental Training will help you start your journey in the best way possible–receiving the most thorough education with high expectations of all their students, resulting in a greater appreciation for everything around you in your working [and living] environment. Whether you want to acquire your Level 1, Trails, Marine, or even do a quick specialization course in Birding… There is no better organization to be a part of. Being situated in the rich, natural surroundings of the Eastern Cape, the possibilities for learning seem endless.

Thank you so much, again, to everyone who has been with me along the way. I am sad to have ended my time with Ulovane, but happy to have been apart of such an incredible experience.

Victoria Burman – 2 Year Course – July 2014

The 4.5 months I spent at Ulovane have been the best time of my life! I learned so much, both about nature but also about myself and friendship and I met the most amazing people ever! Spending time in the bush makes you realize what really matters in life. Candice and Schalk and also Shani, Piet, Kyle and Koen made us feel so welcome and helped us with everything, you guys are awesome! 🙂 It’s definitely been a life changing experience and since I’m back there has not been one day that I wasn’t thinking of my amazing adventure with Ulovane. I am so grateful for everything I could experience! 🙂
Thank you all so much, I will never forget this!! 

Annabelle Burns – 19 Week Course – January 2016

The time spent with Ulovane Environmental Training has been a life changing experience. Schalk and Candice have a true passion for wildlife and have selected a passionate team of trainers that inspire and coach their students to succeed and leave Ulovane with a qualification, an understanding of our natural world and some new friends and great memories.
I will return to tick off a few more courses!
Thank you guys!

Mike Calder – 1 year course – July 2014

Ulovane was a fantastic place to begin my field guiding career. Candice and Schalk were two exceptional people running this Training School. They have so much understanding of the bush with immense knowledge to equip you for what lies ahead. Their trainers are top quality and I really learnt so much from them. I strongly recommend that you see this as one of the top Training Schools when you are considering a decision of where to begin your career

Ross Roller – Six months Course – July 2015