Excitement started to grow for all students in their 2nd week of this 1st semester, because is marked their FIRST Game Drive. The trainers took the students on the first guest drive to show them how it is DONE, what they could expect and it turned out to be loads of fun with amazing sightings!!
We saw a pride of 8 lions (2 x males, 2 x females and 4 sub-adults), but BIG 5 isn’t what nature is all about… Most people overlook the smaller things which nature offers us, like the Elegant Grasshopper, Chameleon, Monarch Butterfly, Guinea fowl, Brown Butterfly and Millipede which we saw on drive – and we can’t leave out the colourful birds!! Some students were also lucky enough to watch a family of Black-backed Jackal and saw a shy Brown hyena who casually walked past when changing a flat tyre.
‘It is so GOOD to be back in the bush, where we belong’!! As a guide/trainer we are very privileged to be out here and to share our knowledge with the “hungry” students.
On Tuesday we did 1st Aid training for two days and can happily confirm that all students are qualified Level 2 first aiders. They had to do both theory and practical assessments. In the end, each group had to re-enact a medical scenario which included correctly helping an injured person with a broken back and arm as well as a drowning incident where the patient stopped breathing. All this learnt in the context of being in the middle of the bush and using what resources are available.
The rest of the week included assessing each student’s driving abilities before they are allowed to drive the 4 x 4 vehicles and get a chance to practice their guiding skills.
I can’t believe that the first two weeks have flown past so quickly. Before we know it, we will hopefully have 22 fully qualified, ethical field guides who can’t wait to begin their guiding or wildlife careers!
Bush greetings, Almero & The Bushwise Team