Ulovane Update: April 2018 Field and Trails Guides Week 2

25 Apr

Ulovane Update: Field Guides

This is my new life in a few sentences. My life full of adventure and nature’s wonder as a field guide student. It is a life that few get to experience and love. To me it is worth all the hard work to reach my career goals.

We went for our first bush walk and it gave me the chance to see natures smallest details. There was so much more to see than meets the eye and the new view was just an outstanding experience.

Geology was something that I never thought would interest me, but when I started to understand how it works, it caught my interest and I started to enjoy it. The smallest rock can tell the biggest story and explain its journey. It is interesting to look at a rock and know how it was formed, where it originally comes from and how it wound up at that spot.

I started to look at the world in a much more defined way. I noticed smaller and more details in my surroundings. I learned how to read the stories written in my surroundings by Mother Nature and her inhabitants. It gave me the skill to spot small animals that a lot of people might have missed.

My love for the nature surrounding me had become drastically bigger. I saw how big and beautiful it really is. It gives me a feeling of protectiveness to nature against all those who didn’t learn how to appreciate our unique natural surroundings the same way I do.

This new connection with nature that I discovered changed my view on surroundings and even my life. I don’t want to damage nature, I want to appreciate it and care for it. I hope that more people can realise the same and learn to enjoy nature.

  • TJ van der Westhuizen

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” – Sylvia Plath

Back Up Trails Guides

After having all passed our PFTC we progressed onto learning how to use the .375 rifle. Sunday was spent just learning the exercises to be completed towards our Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) with dummy rounds.

Monday started with a bang. Live rounds to be fired. A lot of nervous people fired their first ever shots with a rifle. Kyle and JJ L were skilled enough to pass on their first round. Congrats to both of them. The rest of us all learnt a lot and realised more practice was required. The rest of the week saw several more students successful complete their ARH certificate.

Friday was finally a time to head out onto Amakhala Game Reserve after almost a month break. We were treated to some excellent Lion, Buffalo and Elephant sightings before we had even got to our place where we were going to do our very first bush walk from.

Some of us were rather nervous going out onto Big 5 country without the safety of our vehicle, but after a few minutes I think this all disappeared as we headed into the bush. We were lucky enough to come across some giraffe with a baby, which continued to browse only a short distance away from us as we stood quietly, and just observed. Further along on our two hour walk, some more interesting tracks were also discovered and discussed. These tracks can tell a whole story without actually observing a living creature, which had most of us fascinated.

Saturday was spent on sustainable living projects and preparing for our Sunday tests.

I think all of us are looking forward to spending more time out there on the reserve which we have all missed immensely.

  • Allan and Kyle

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

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