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Rusks, rain and 4×4

The images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19. 

BY: Christian Rabie

Camp manager blogs are written by our students who each get a chance to lead and manage a group (of their fellow students) for a period of one week.

Being given an opportunity to be the camp manager was great, especially with the team I had behind me. 

Bushwise students having rusks and coffee, while on a game drive.

The students at the Balule campus have quickly grown into a close-knit family, so it was a breeze getting everyone to work together. That is, unless I forgot the rusks and Rice Krispies – my word, the amount my fellow students eat is astonishing! Exciting, busy days in the bush really do build up an appetite. Luckily, the wonderful chef, Sibu, was always ready to meet me with a smile and hand me the goods.

Following a tip from the friendly manager at Greenfire Lodge, who showed us his operating procedures, I moved our cereal and coffee into translucent plastic containers. These kept me aware of what was close to being finished, so I could top them up. It’s clear that a full stomach equals happy students!

Bushwise students learning how to recover a car during their 4x4 training.

I was lucky enough to have a great guest stay with us during my week as camp manager. Donovan Prince stayed with us for three days to deliver 4×4 training. Hosting him was amazing and the stories he told were the cherry on the cake.

During Donovan’s training, we learned how to recover a car. We got blessed with the first rains, and decided to get dirty in the riverbed. It was a lovely break from the heat we had that week.

Taking a field guiding course with Bushwise will really help you in the industry.

At the end of the week, I realised just how much I’ve grown as a person and how much we’ve all learned over the last few months. I honestly do believe Bushwise prepares you for anything in the industry and I cannot wait for the next challenge.

Have a bush experience like Christian by joining a program with Bushwise.

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