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The Final Curtain

The Final Curtain

As the sun sets on our time at Bushwise, now seems like a good time to reflect on what I can only describe as the best 6 months I have ever had. We started this course as a group of wide eyed novices united by our passion for the bush… and now we are qualified guides,...

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A change of pace

A change of pace

With finals finished and assessments passed – what’s a student to do? Bushwalks! The chance to go on foot in a Big Five reserve has been a long-awaited treat, for there is a hypnotic quality to bushwalks that you don’t get from a vehicle-based experience. Your senses...

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Time to shine

Time to shine

This week at Bushwise was the week to show what we have learnt over the last 5 months with the final FGASA exams and practical assessments it was time to shine. I am happy to report that everyone did an amazing job in crushing the finals and their practicals. One of...

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Exam time!

Exam time!

Only a day or two until we write our FGASA level one theory exam. This is it. Five months of hard work summed in an hour and a half examination. No pressure, right?   On a less dramatic note, rain has finally arrived and us students are probably just as excited of its...

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Exams are just around the corner

Exams are just around the corner

Tensions are high as we get closer to the end of our course. Over the past few weeks we’ve been hard at work doing our mock assessment drives. Taking turns guiding and playing the role of “guests” for each other. Seeing how far we’ve come since the begin of the...

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Top 10 reasons to become a Field guide

Top 10 reasons to become a Field guide

This topic was discussed in a lovely blog last year by my ex colleague Ben. I happen to agree with all 10 of his reasons, so I will proceed to just update you the reader on the relevance a year later! Life experience Still the same all encompassing job description. ...

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The realities of Field Guiding

The realities of Field Guiding

It appears to be such a glamorous job to drive tourists around in open game viewers and to wear khaki uniform while in search of the big 5 animals. If you ask people why they want to become field guides you may get a variety of answers that will include the following:...

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Beauty in the bush

Beauty in the bush

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” – Helen Keller Coming from the city to the bush was definitely one of the biggest changes for me, as life in the city is so much different to life in the bush. Although change can be risky and difficult, it can...

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