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As the 4th Semester draws to a close, the pressure of a busy semester needed to be relieved! The excessive heat has certainly not helped over the last few weeks, with temperatures rising to above the 40 degree Celsius mark! With no rain as a reprieve. With the FGASA exam and assessment drives out the way, our now qualified Field Guides, needed a reward!

We decided to take a day off to do some birding and swimming in the Magoebaskloof forest, just outside of Tzaneen. The cooler forest temperatures were welcomed and of course, Debengeni Waterfall was a refreshing treat with a braai on the go for lunch and some inventive new swimming and sliding techniques in play (Have a look at the Bushwise Facebook page to see the video of the ‘human slide’!).

This morning, a few battered and sunburnt bodies (but still all smiles) made their way to town for the South African Wine Orientation course. This course, hosted by the Safari Wine Club, gives some great insight into food pairing, basic hosting skills and a general overview of wines, particularly South African wines. Now this may seem far removed from the guiding world, but keep in mind, a Guide is a jack of all trades, who is often required to host guests for dinner. This knowledge certainly comes in handy for these purposes!

Despite the lighter tone of the last two days, this week’s focus was primarily on Trails Guide preparation for the upcoming exam next Semester. Bush walks and game drives provided some fantastic high profile sightings and lots of techniques were learned and refined. Student placements are also in their very final stages and reality is starting to sink in! Just in time for a relaxing week off with some intensive studying for the upcoming final exam. Enjoy ladies & gents!

Until Next Time,

Charles and The Bushwise Team