Ulovane update: April Level one course Week 5

18 May

Life as a trainee guide: Look alive – it’s week five!

Halfway… dum dum duuuuuum…

Ulovane update: We said a sad goodbye (with chocolate cake of course!) to our ever smiling, silverback male, Nils Jungblut. We will miss you dearly!

But out with the old, means in with the new. A brave soul joined our happy family this week. Meet Ian Hobson: school teacher extrodonaire and bird fanatic. He has been doing self study and will be leaving again after another two weeks. It’s been great having a new face around.

With Kyle busy doing his studies, we were lucky to meet Koen – an awesome guide that taught us a lot in this short week, including how to use the high lift jack.

Wednesday on the night drive, Nina (tracker) and Chad (driver) took the Changa Monkeys all the way to the lioness – IN THE DARK! They also saw a porcupine with her pup and witness two majestic Kudu bulls fighting. Matching these sightings, the Badgers saw an amazing insect, giant snail and sleeping giraffe. What a night!

This week’s classes were on mammals, ethology animal behaviour) and tracking. Shani and Koen made our brains work overtime when they took us out on Ulovane to identify tracks. It opened our eyes to all things, big and small, that surround us.

Our week ended with a whole day of presentations by our fellow students. We were allowed to speak about a topic of our choice, making for interesting and lively discussions. We learned a lot about each other and our passions.

Looking forward to a week of birding and then moving to Intaka for five days!

Can’t wait! Boooooom!

– Santjie and Chad T

Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. -Walt Whitman

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