Wed 2nd – 6.30am wake up ….. almost a lie in!! A short stroll around camp with ‘Ranger Lauren’ (having just completed her Bushwise Guiding course of 6 months, before joining us here on the hospitality course). Nice practice for Lauren and good to get us all alert and ready for our AM and PM lectures – The Game Lodge Industry 2 & 3! They were expansion to our lecture yesterday with valuable insight into the various lodge departments and their many staff roles and responsibilities.
And then it was live scenarios of a typical ‘arrival and welcome’ in camp (a lot more detail than you’d expect!); followed by the administration side of a guests stay; housekeeping checks and the many intricate details that we will soon see in action on our placement.
A short lunch and then off early on a meandering game drive in the direction of Garonga, a 4 star game lodge that kindly opened its doors to us to experience first hand what a camp looks likes, as well as a ‘behind the scenes’ tour to support all our Game Lodge lectures so far. A beautiful camp and a really insightful tour – thank you Bernie and Suritha for the fantastic experience!
A quick sundowner stop with a surprise visit from an adult hyena and the meander back to camp in time for Team B to take their turn with the set up and hosting of a private dinner (Team A being the guests). A lovely candle lit set up by the fire and impeccable service – well done Teresa, Ben and Chantal!
We are all off to bed early for our earliest wake up yet – 4.30am for our outing to Kruger National Park! Something our guests will be asking us questions about in camp so essential to know where and what its all about; not to mention the potentially great game viewing Kruger is so well known for.