Life as a trainee guide: Smells and Sounds
Ulovane update: The week has been another intense week of mountain climbing, rock scrabbling, 8 hour walking. We learnt the unfortunate downside of being a trails guide in having to wait for vehicles to finish in sightings before we can make an approach as the presence of humans on foot often scares the animals and changes their behavior if spotted. We often have close encounters with big five while on our walks and the important thing we have learnt is to listen to our leaders, be quiet and patient and don’t be stupid, it has been an interesting exercise for some.
Whilst one group were casually napping next to a river of hippo, Piet told me that Giraffe become curious when you roll on the floor. I decided to test his theory and rolled on the ground toward a herd of them. Not only did they all become curious and walk up to 5m away from me, four more appeared out of no where to come have a look. I’d never thought I’d be able to say I rolled up to group of giraffe, but when in Africa…
All in all it has been a fantastic week for all of us, learning the importance of wind direction and how it can influence smells and sounds toward the animals.
Looking forward to the final week of walking before our assessments.
– Andy & Cam
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