Ulovane Update: July Field Guides Week 7

31 Aug

Ulovane Update: Field Guides

With week 7 in the books, we start our physical and mental preparation for our practical assessments. The weather has steadily improved as we had some warm days towards the end of the week after some rain and wind earlier on, quite appropriate to our week’s topic of weather and climate.  We had a magical night drive, some of us getting to see the entire lion family enjoying a warthog feast. With all these weeks passing by I still am mesmerized by our feline friends, even when they are lying down it’s an unbelievable sight, like a living sphinx.

We had our tracking assessment on Thursday; most of us passed and did very well with Maya taking home top spot with a score of 84. It still is breathtaking to spend a day learning what animals are out there and what they do and where they walk on a daily basis. After our exhausting day out in the bush, we spent Friday sending the Trails Guides off to their Marine course, enjoying a nice emotional ceremony and a delicious lunch. Pizza days are truly the best, and I savor them the way a young child savors his lollipop. The weekend, as per usual, turned into a long study session always containing laughs and tasty meals in between. While we may have not had the most eventful week, we are all starting to get much closer so that we can help each other out when the real assessments start to come into vision.

As time goes on, I myself have learned that I may be ready to go back and finish university. Ulovane has given me the confidence and framework I have been searching for all my life, and just realized this week how much I have truly changed.

  • Colin Meier

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin


With Spring and Arbour week approaching, we decided that we would put some work into our veggie as we have been wanting to make some improvements. What better time than with spring right around the corner and the celebration of Arbour week. Schalk, Shani, Pieter, Justin, Koen and Grant have been hard at work tackling the veggie garden, REusing and REcycling what we already have in the garden and of course getting some new items in to assist in making our garden better than ever before! Shani has put together a little video together to show you are work and progress so far! Thanks Shani! You may need to watch it a couple of times, to really see the progress! We can only hope this will inspire you all to get going, to plant trees and start a veggie garden, reduce, reuse, recycle and take better care of our planet.

IMPORTANT REMINDER 01 September is Arbour day and this continues for a week! Please think about planting some trees or starting your very own veggie garden!

If you are looking for a tree to plant for Arbour week why not plant this year’s tree of the year, a Yellow wood tree? Yellow woods are indigenous forest conifers and the Real Yellow wood is South Africa’s National Tree, so a great year to support the tree of the year this year seeing that we are honoring our National tree. Yellow wood timber is the most sought after and valued timber in Southern Africa. Did you know that the entire South African railways were built with Yellow wood timber. Yellow wood’s timber was so popular that these trees were almost cut down to extinction in South Africa and today all species of Yellow woods are protected species and may no longer be cut down. 

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

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