Ulovane update: October Trails Guide Group Week 6

14 Nov

Life as a trainee Trails Guide: This course has also taught me so much about myself; I have gained more confidence in my own abilities and to trust my instincts and judgement more….

Ulovane update: Week 6 of trails has been and gone, words cannot describe how quickly this course has flown by… Instead of a feeling of a relief that the course is nearly over and all the hard work (except for the final exam) is done and dusted, I feel disappointed that our time has almost run out. Being on foot out in the bush is a completely different experience than guiding in a vehicle. You have the time to study the most minute detail of everything you come across, whether it be a flower, an insect, a track or even an elephant.


This week was dedicated to tracking; we also had the pleasure of having our friends from Savanna Guides join us. We stopped for every scrape and bump in the sand, excited to lay our eyes on the next clue nature gave us. Tracking taught us a lot more than we thought, a track or sign doesn’t just tell you what animal made it, but actually tells a story of that animal’s journey in the bush… were they walking or running, marking territory, is it an adult or one of the youngsters. The waterfall of information is endless, it seems like it would be overwhelming, but tracking is amazingly addictive.  Luckily our instructors get equally enthralled in tracking, which makes an amazing learning experience for all of us. It is their passion that infects us all and before you know it you are flat on the floor trying to look at a track from every angle and to ensure you haven’t missed a single detail.

As our course comes to an end, I cannot describe how blown away I am by the Ulovane experience. The instructors are amazing, knowledgeable, passionate people that inspire so many people just by being themselves. Sometimes I get the feeling they don’t really know how much we are affected by them. There have been subjects that I have struggled with and with a little bit of patience and some words of wisdom, they have changed a difficult experience into my new favorite subject.

This course has also taught me so much about myself; I have gained more confidence in my own abilities and to trust my instincts and judgement more, although that is still a work in progress. Ulovane is really home for me and I am dreading the fateful day I will have to leave this sanctuary and fly off into the big wide world, but what I know is that Ulovane will always be there for all its students, past, present and future.

~Thank you for making my dream a reality~


Sometimes in life we take a leap of faith. Remember, the leap is not about getting from one side to the other. It’s simply about taking the leap….and trusting the air, the universal breath, will support your wings so that you may soar. – Kristi Bowman

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