All I can say is “thank you!” Ulovane has taught me so much over the past 5 months. It is life changing to be there. Looking back I cannot believe how much I have learnt in just 17 weeks about big animals and small things. I started with almost no knowledge of nature and now when someone mentions a snake or a plant I have information just popping into my mind. It is an amazing experience. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the place, no matter what! The green way of living has given me a completely new perspective on what is necessity. It is hard work, don’t think that it is a holiday, but you also have loads of fun learning. It was one of the best adventures I have ever taken!

  • Karien Krugel (January 2018 19 Week course)

Currently Field Guide at Shamwari Game Reserve

Worldwide Experience held my hand through the greatest transition of my life so far… They introduced me to Ulovane Environmental Training, and nothing has been the same since.

Changing pace from a busy London environment to the tranquil bush of the eastern cape was a smooth transition thanks to Candice and Schalk, and their amazing team who are an asset to not only Ulovane but the guiding industry.

Their guidance and knowledge has given me the tools and enabled me to now be a field guide at a ‘Big 5’ 5-star luxury lodge, 2 years after completing my course. My qualifications have also taken me to Zululand, working as a marine guide. As an international student, I was doubtful of employment but with their influence, I had the drive to make it happen!

That is the secret to their success, raw passion.

Schalk Pretorius is one of the most inspiring people I have ever encountered. His knowledge is second to none, as well as how his applies this to educate and lead the Ulovane team and their students. Their facilitators Shani and Piet will give you the vision to see past the books in class and to learn to read the bush and interpret at your best ability. We are always encouraged to question and grow.

The Ulovane family continues to grow, and you will always be a part of the family.  Myself and my fellow classmates are still in regular contact with each other, and we travel around the world to visit each other. You gain so much more than just a qualification with Ulovane.

My life would never be the same if I had not taken the leap, and rolled with the anxious feeling of change.. you are in the best hands, and just let nature take its course. You will never regret it, and become part of something that will last a lifetime!

Thank you to Claire at Worldwide for helping me through the process, all the way up to my graduation where we had the pleasure of meeting after countless emails and phone calls.

  • Hope Connolly (April 2017 Field and Marine Guide student)

Courtesy of our partners, Worldwide Experience. Thank you, ladies, for your hard work and support!

A special thanks has to go out to Justin, Shani, Piet and Koen for helping us through the last 10 weeks and giving us the fantastic knowledge we have gained along the way. All the Jokes and life stories from you all kept us going and kept the spirits high although times got tough. Thank you to Mamma Joyce and Mamma Thabs for taking care of us! A very special Thank you to Tatum for being there for everyone as moral support and for managing the media, not only were you a support figure you became a fantastic friend to us all.

Thank you to Candice and Schalk without you we would not have been able to experience this great adventure and make our dreams come true.

From all of us the 2018 January Field Guide Class Thank you all and we hope to continue to use the knowledge you have given us and to always have you special people in our lives going forward.

  • James Hallier (January 2018 One Year student)
I am one of the four students who did all 3 courses starting from being an April Field Guide and now ending in September as a Marine Guide. My heart is filled with both joy and grief that my time at Ulovane Environmental Training has come to an end. Joy on that I have gained so much knowledge and cannot wait to share it with the world and grief in that I leave the ones that have made an important impact in my life.
My journey started on the 8th April where I walked into a familiar yet strange place. After a couple of weeks had gone by I settled in nicely and had made friends with all the students. The workload was a difficult task to keep up but by the end of 10 weeks, it all came in hand with me graduating as a field guide and 3rd in my Class. It was a heartfelt goodbye to many of the students but an awakening adventure to come.
After 3 weeks of holiday at home, the 7-week Trails Course begun. I was really nervous and had second thoughts about this course knowing I wasn’t prepared to encounter animals on foot. After some encouragement from the instructors and fellow pupils, I decided to continue. The experience was the best!! The early mornings and all the walking was worth it. Unfortunately, the girls of the course didn’t pass the ARH assessment but we know we will be back for that lion charge. This course taught me some mental challenges that I’m glad I was able to overcome and I learnt that I am capable of doing anything if I put my mind to it.
The final course to end off the 6 months was the Marine Guiding course. It’s amazing how much can be learnt in such a short time. This course makes you see the beach/ocean differently and opens your eyes to so much more.
To my fellow 3 students who have been on the journey with me since day one, fly and soar those wings of yours in following what you really desire and love. To Terence and Kristi who joined us for the Marine Course, thank you for the endless laughs and encouragement. I wish you all the best for the future and hope our paths cross soon for a catch-up.
To the Ulovane Team, as I write this blog with a heavy heart I am so happy and proud to have studied with you. There are no words to describe the feelings I have experienced while studying here for 6 months. I am beyond grateful to have experienced all that I have accomplished in these past 6 months. I thank you for the love, support, laughs, adventures, lessons, encouragement and always assisting the needs of the students. But most importantly I thank you for being my Ulovane family.
As we bid our farewells, go our different ways and leave the Ulovane gates, we leave behind the memories we shared, the footprints we walked and the people who had an impact on our lives but always knowing this will be our second home 
Again I thank you Ulovane and wish you all the best of luck for the future.
“Today is the day! Your mountain is waiting…..so get on your way!”- Dr Seuss
Amber Tweedie (April 2018 1 year student)

Thank you for ‘convincing’ Rogan to stay on in the Eastern Cape and for arranging the interview (and appointment!) at Leeuwenbosch.  Rogan is so excited and he couldn’t have wished for a place better suited for him, and Mike and I are extremely pleased to know that he will stay being part of your Ulovane/Amakhala family! It is also comforting for us to know that the support (professional and emotional) is around the corner – something easily underestimated.

What a fantastic opportunity you, Schalk and the phenomenal Ulovane team made possible for him – thank you, thank you!

Kind regards

Kleine Riley (Mom to Rogan July 2017 6 month course)