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    Bushwise Campus

    Bushwise operates from a stunning bush campus in the Limpopo Province of South Africa; Mahlahla.

    The Mahlala Bush Campus and Reserve


    Students based at the Mahlahla Bush Campus will carry out their practical training on The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve (GMPGR), a spectacular 26,000 hectares big five wilderness reserve in the Limpopo province. Featured reserves within the GMPGR where practicals are conducted include Pidwa Wilderness Reserve and Makutsi Reserve. 

    The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve is situated west of the Kruger National Park. It is an ideal training ground with a variety of fauna and flora and promises intimate wildlife encounters with the big five. Other incredible species include cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra and kudu.


    Accommodation & facilities at Mahlahla Bush Campus


    Accommodation for the field guide training course is on the Bushwise Mahlahla Bush Campus, which is an 8Ha fenced lodge-style campus. The bush campus is safe from predators, so you are free to go for a walk or run anywhere on campus. We have a large variety of bird species that are regular visitors to the campus dam, and secretive species such as honey badgers and civet are seen almost every night, with the occasional visit from pangolins and leopards. You can sharpen your practical skills on bushwalks, go birding, and encounter game that roams the campus. 

    Students will share a chalet (rondavel) that accommodates two students. A laundry service is provided weekly for uniforms and bedding, free of charge, and students also have free access to the facilities for personal use.  

    The chalets, dining area, and laundry facilities are all clustered together. It’s a short walk around the dam to get to the classroom. It’s an open classroom with a roof and light shading on two sides to give that bush feel. There is a swimming pool next to the classroom that overlooks the dam for those hot summer months.

    Available on the Bushwise Mahlahla Bush Campus

    • Shared rondavel (with fan)
    • Communal bathroom
    • Free wifi
    • Juice, tea and coffee available 24/7 on campus
    • Pool
    • Basic gym area with weights for keeping in shape
    • Volleyball court
    • Shooting range for bow and arrow
    • Gardening in the Bushwise vegetable garden 
    • Braai and social area
    • Game vehicles
    • Field guide related library
    • Classroom
    • Bushwise staff also reside on campus in the case of an emergency.




    Sabrina Columbo – Manager at LEO Africa Wildlife research

    “For our project we are always looking for high quality, committed, passionate and serious staff members/interns. Bushwise has always been able to provide us with good students (some of them were offered a job after the 6 month placement), competent, serious and driven by the passion of conservation.”

    Chris Turtle from South Africa

    “Bushwise has helped me by giving me the knowledge and skills to work in the guiding industry. My instructors were always willing to help with advice and even coming to assess me for further qualifications as I progressed with my guiding career.”