My Ulovane one-year experience
Where do I start? What a year it has been! I started my Ulovane experience on the 7th of July 2019, joining them with their one-year course. It was the best experience I have ever had. l have learned more than I could ever imagine. I have left Ulovane with very valuable lessons and I carry them with me every single day. Ulovane has motivated me to live my life to the fullest, to go out there and learn as much as I can about our environment. If it wasn’t for Ulovane I wouldn’t be where I am right now, doing the things I am doing.
In this industry, guides, conservationists, or anybody working with our wildlife, love to tell stories about their experiences, and I always start my stories with “When I was at Ulovane”. Words cannot describe how grateful I am. The love, passion, and commitment we receive at Ulovane is one of a kind. There is no better place out there.
Ulovane didn’t just take care of me during my time on campus, but they checked up on me after the course too. They were always there when I had a question or a problem. I truly feel part of a family, and I’m sure you can ask any other student and they will tell you exactly the same thing. I have since Ulovane, gained more experience and knowledge and I am ready to return soon to further my Studies.
There are only two words that come to mind when I think about Ulovane, and it’s Thank You. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart
See you soon!!
Danike Meyer (July 2019)
”It would be a great injustice to be brief in sharing my appreciation for this place. Firstly, you can qualify to work in a sector that is constantly growing and changing. No matter where you work in the world – what you gain from Ulovane is unique and valuable. The environmental sector is under constant pressure and working in such an area secures a brighter future for it and those that depend on it. Protected areas need guides and rangers, who then depend upon guests for income. These guests can then be educated into supporting conservation causes. Without places like Ulovane, how else can this be achieved? Maintaining the relationship between people and the environment is crucial to protecting both.
The approach that Ulovane has towards education is in no way linear. It’s diverse. It’s being on a game drive at 4 am to find Lions. It’s sitting an exam in the morning and camping out under the stars the same night. It’s the finest details in the track of an elephant and watching dolphins swim alongside the boat you’re touring on. The growth of each student was made an obvious goal to me on the first day I arrived back in 2017. Guiding is a personal experience to everyone involved, and channeling a passion into a job isn’t always easy. What may be surprising is that some students don’t study at Ulovane only to become guides, they’re actually there just for the experience itself. Not only do you spend your time with the instructors, but you’ll also meet guides that work on neighboring reserves; providing the best insight into the industry that you can possibly get.
Not only do I have incredible memories from my time at Ulovane, but I’m lucky enough to have great friendships with the instructors. Both visits I’ve made have been wonderful, and I know they won’t be my last. If you’re in a position to spend time there, please don’t hesitate. It’s really an experience like no other, and Ulovane deserves all the support it needs to be here for the long run.”
Best wishes, totsiens 🙂
Rosie White (2017 Apprentice Field Guide Course & 2019 Environmental Explorers Experience)
The experience that you’ll have at Ulovane is absolutely amazing and you’ll remember them for a long time. Like on guides when we went on a drive with Schalk and we saw the 2 lions mating and when they took a break the female all of a sudden got up and started walking straight toward us, I was on the tracker seat and had to climb over the bonnet to get into the vehicle and then had them mating right outside the vehicle and on trails when we had the one elephant family walk trough our campsite on the second night of our sleep-out, it took about 4 hours for all of them to go past and drink water and then leave again and I no one really slept during that period of time and then also finding not once but twice striped polecat tracks which was really amazing.
I feel that I have grown so much during both the courses, especially during the apprentice trails course, and with that, I have now found what I am really passionate about.
From that first game drive with Justin to my last walk with Pieter, I have enjoyed every second. From the food that Jacques makes, which is absolutely lovely, to the conversations we have in the classroom, to the incredible game drives on Amkahala, and the magic experiences on our trails guide walks.
- Veer Bills (January 2020)
Thank you so much for looking after Veer this year. He has loved it and now knows what he wants to do for the rest of his life! Hopefully, he gets the breaks to do that. It has been such a difficult year for most people so Veer’s time at
Ulovane has been very positive. He has clearly learned so much and grown emotionally.
I hope the rest of your year goes well, with best wishes, Roger Bills.
I attended Ulovane early in 2019 and completed the field guide and back-up trails guide courses. I can say that those 17 weeks were some of the most enjoyable times I’ve ever had! The staff and instructors are incredibly professional, friendly and helpful. The lectures are very informative and interesting in helping you learn and prepare for assessments at the end of the courses! The campus is beautiful and the accommodation very comfy! Would 10/10 recommend to anyone looking for the best time of your life!
- Nicholas Jensen