`Hi Everyone.` .. that’s how we start.
Introducing, and embracing, that which may follow.
Recently we experienced something absolutely necessary, yet, starkly contrasting.
Retrospection and introspection of that which has gone before.
`Bye Everyone.` .. that’s how we part.
This week is sadly the final course week for our 23 week field guide students, with next week being the final off week. The remainder of our placement students have also been leaving one by one, to places such as the Waterberg, Sabi Sands, Nambiti Reserve, Kruger National Park etc. Some have only had a short trek to make – to Karongwe Reserve and Makalali Reserve.
Back to the week – it’s been great, with no exam, assessment or lecture stress, we have had the most amazing stand out sightings on game drives; including Elephants, Lions (with cubs), Serval and the elusive Brown Hyena! WOW! Have a look on our facebook page for the Brown Hyena video!
This week featured a few special outings too – to Mariepskop mountain and picnic spot and yesterday, to the Blyde River Canyon to explore the waterfall and dam. Mariepskop mountain, at 2100m above sea level, saw us finding Red Duiker, doing some forest birding, and swinging and swimming in superb mountain waters. A refreshingly informative local guide also joined us for this trip. The Blyde Canyon is the largest green canyon and the third largest canyon in the world – all this only an hour from camp. After a walk to the waterfall and exploring the dam, sadly, the boat trip around the dam had to be cancelled due to strong winds, however both outings featured spectacular views and were enjoyed by all.
Another special mention has to be made for the Green Kidz initiative – a non – profit organisation facilitating environmental education and awareness for under-resourced primary schools. On World Environment Day, 9 children and two of their teachers from Beretta Primary School in Acornhoek, joined us for a game drive on the reserve, followed by a cooked brunch at campus and then continuing onto Daktari Wildlife Orphanage to view their animals. A big thanks to Sarah Dawn Bergs, founder of the Green Kidz Initiative, for getting in touch with us, hopefully this can become a regular occurrence on each course. Keep up the great work! Please see links below to Green Kidz Initiative website and facebook page.
Today, our trainers start their long awaited 3 day Level 3 First Aid refresher course, whilst the handful of students still at campus start the process of packing up their collection of a few months worth of belongings and head off across the country.
Thank you to you all for a great course, keep in touch!
Until Next Time,
The Bushwise Team
Green Kidz Initiative: www.facebook.com/GreenKidzInitiative or http://www.greenkidzsouthafrica.wozaonline.co.za/
Photo Credits: Krisztian Borbas, Nick Newman and Cobus Spies.