My time at Ulovane was life-changing. I spent my entire student life interested in wildlife, getting a lot of information through books and research papers that allowed for a lot of facts to be stored in my head, but at Ulovane, I found a way to look at the world through different eyes. I managed to get a perspective that is impossible to read from a book. For that I have to thank all of the teachers that were with me during my stay there; their passion is contagious. Even after all of the time spent in the reserve seeing things like zebras quite often, every single one of them showed me a different way of looking at the same animal. It’s so exciting to be able to be constantly learning every single day of the course! By the end of the course, what I took away is that the more I learnt, the more excited I was to learn more, to be curious, and to respect and be ethical in that process. I would like to thank the Ulovane team for helping me in my journey.
Diogo Boa Alma
I just want to start by saying, Thank you, to absolutely every staff member of the Ulovane family. I say family because that is what they are there, and that is what you become when you go through the Ulovane training course. I started my journey a little scared as it was the first time I had been so far away from home, but as soon as I walked into those doors I felt as if I had lived there and known everyone for my whole life.
Ulovane is the best decision I have made in my life so far. I got to meet amazing people and make life-long friends that no matter how long you don’t see each other, as soon as you do it is as if not a single day has gone by. I am speaking from experience when I say that the Ulovane family will always be there for you when you need a helping hand, even when your courses are finished.
The knowledge that you will acquire is nothing compared to the better understanding and respect you will learn for animals and the environment as a whole. I just want to say that if I had one time I could go back to and experience everything all over again, it would be my time at Ulovane. Everybody there in one way or another changed me into a better person and I am forever grateful.
- Marco de Nobrega (April 2018 1 year Course)
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)