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    After a well deserved week off, our students started off the final semester refreshed and focused on their studies for the Trails Guide exam. Once again, we would like to say how proud we are of our student’s achievements, with an incredibly high course average and fantastic practical results, all round.

    The week started off with the usual camp clean up, followed by game drives and a walk. Our students have certainly been spoilt for choice on this course when it comes to sightings, as those of you who follow our blog and facebook page would have seen! Even though the focus of this week was trails guide theory prep, we still had a special sighting of two elephant bulls on foot, plenty of general game and a great lion and buffalo sighting this morning.

    But back to the all important Trails Guide exam written yesterday morning – the final exam on the Bushwise course – results will be out in a week or so, but we have no doubt, through all our students hard work and dedication (as well as looking at historical results), that they would have passed with flying colours. Keep an eye out on our facebook page for an update on the Trails Guide exam results.

    After the exam, celebrations were in order and our students and staff headed off to a lovely function venue, Moholohlo Ya Mati, nestled amongst mountains next to a river (nearby Blyde River Canyon), for a lunch and prize giving ceremony. After a delicious meal (trainers were fighting over the lamb curry and strawberry cheesecake!), Sophie (Bushwise Director) gave a short speech and announced our Top Achiever and Best-all round student. Well done to top achiever, Jamie Paterson, with a whopping 97% course average, and Alex McFadyen our best all round student. Both students received a certificate and a Bushwise red wine box set.

    As some of our placement students start heading off to their placements from Monday onwards, on behalf of the Bushwise Team, I would like to wish you all the best of luck for this exciting new stage of the course (and in your careers). Make us proud!

    The students who will be remaining at campus over the next week have an exciting week to look forward to with a night drive planned, a visit to Daktari Wildlife Orphanage, a day trip up Mariepskop mountain and lots of game drives on the cards.

    Until next time,
    Charles and The Bushwise Team