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