Ulovane Update: April 2018 Field & Backup Trails Guides Week 5

16 May

Ulovane Update: Field Guides

We are already halfway through our new adventure and Ulovane life is fantastic! Week 5 we started with an early morning walk, our focus was Botany. This subject sparked the interest of many, we were split up into teams which had to come up with various substances and their medical properties. This increased our knowledge of the different medical properties of the plants, we enjoyed making tea, face masks and even some jewelry out of our plants we found.

The day ended off with a food and wine pairing and Hospitality 101 hosted by Candice, it was a wonderful evening learning more about the industry that we are heading into and the experiences we can expect. Many thanks to Candice and the Trail Guides that served us.

On Wednesday we all took part in conservation management, working with the Amakhala reserve to team, repairing roads and other areas on the reserve that needed a bit of extra hands. Physical labor is a great way to get the blood flowing! We also started working on our tracking skills which frightened some of us as most things look the same. But it is a very exciting module and we are looking forward to learning more.

Thursdays highlight included a night drive on Amakhala Game Reserve. Koen and Grant took us out and conducted an example of a formal guided experience, guiding us as to what animals we should look out for on night drives, and also how to navigate around at night and that radio communication with the whole reserve is very important.

Revision and reflection after every week makes us realize just how much we have learnt and how far we have come, as people and as young guides starting out in the industry.

  • Julia and Warren

If there is any wisdom running through my life now, in my walking on this earth, it came from listening in the Great Silence to the stones, trees, space, the wild animals, to the pulse of all life as my heartbeat.  Vijali Hamilton

Ulovane Update: Backup Trails Guides

As week 5 draws to a close, the Ulovane Trails group start preparing for our coming assessments, as only 2 weeks remain to study and prepare. Many students booked in for placement have handed in their CVs and applications, and eagerly await any news of possible placement opportunities.

This week opened to an exciting evening. On Monday night, the Field Guides enjoyed their Wine Pairing evening, hosted by Candice, with Colleen, Karien, and Jordan preparing the food for the tasting, and with Alan and Devon pouring the wine. The evening went off magnificently, with the kitchen staff having to replenish the Field Guides food plates several times throughout the event!

Kyle and JJ Lamprecht both had their chance to shine on Tuesday, with them taking turns practicing as Lead Guide.

Wednesday and Thursdays introduced a break from the usual schedule, as the Trails guides were scheduled for Sustainable Living duties in the mornings, with the afternoons to study. Three of the major projects set were the setting up of a new braai area, fixing and rearranging the garden, and cleaning up thatch from Bush Braai, on the main reserve. All our students pulled together, and delivered stunning results.

Ulovane has welcomed Master Tracker Adriaan Louw to our camp, who will be staying with us for the next week and will be assessing the Trails students for our Tracking exam in the coming week. Good luck to us all!!

Friday morning had an early start for the group, as half of us left at 6am to get to god’s Window on the main reserve, where a camera crew were waiting to record us as we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise, before commencing on a morning walk.

With our final Module exam scheduled for Saturday morning, our Trails students have spent Friday afternoon preparing, aiming to end with a bang! And with a mock tracking assessment scheduled for Sunday, we will be polishing up our tracking skills, ready for our assessments, which are already on our doorstep.

  • Jordan McCullough and JJ Lamprecht

One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.  Black Elk

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