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Early days 5 of 7

Posted on June 14, 2006 at 4:57 AM Comments comments (0)

The next day we climbed down and had a look around. The lions had passed right next to the koppie.

We had a quick breakfast and boiled the kettle just in time for Mark to fetch us. We dropped off our things and, after telling Mark about the lions from the night before, he decided we would go and find them. He found a good place to park the Landrover, and we headed out on foot. Not much later, we came across the tracks. They were still fairly fresh, and it looked like it was a small prid...

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Early days 4 of 7

Posted on June 13, 2006 at 4:56 AM Comments comments (0)

In the morning, I ended up being the first one behind the driver’s seat. We were shown what NOT to do when approaching dangerous Game, which meant doing everything that we shouldn’t do. I can honestly say it was the most important lesson of my guiding career. After that day, I was always aware of animal’s reactions when I did certain things, and made a point of learning from it.

We drove in-between a mother and calf white rhino, and I learnt very quickly why that is a...

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Early days 3 of 7

Posted on June 12, 2006 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The next day was a full day walk. We left at 6am and we were probably out for 8 hours. Luckily for us, the day was a bit quieter than the day before. We must have crossed the entire concession, and more than four different habitats. We were armed with binoculars and reference books and spent the day identifying birds and plants.

When we got back to the camp, we all had to choose a tree and prepare to talk about it just before dinner. One of the guys, John, chose a Marula tree. He had u...

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Early days 2 of 7

Posted on June 11, 2006 at 4:54 AM Comments comments (0)

The day after arriving we went on a drive, and I was voted to sit in the tracker seat. We came around a corner, and as we head up a sandy hill I spotted a set of leopard tracks. Upon closer expectation Mark told us that they were extremely fresh. We all climbed back on the Landrover and slowly headed up the road. Just then, the leopard crossed the road in front of us – so we followed it off the road. The leopard was extremely relaxed, and it spotted shortly after crossing the road. We t...

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Early days 1 of 7

Posted on June 10, 2006 at 4:51 AM Comments comments (0)

When I first started guiding, I was definitely thrown into the deep end. I fell in love with the bush when I worked as a receptionist temporarily, so I wasn’t really a ‘bush girl’ before that. This is a recount of my fairly intense first week of training.

 

I was camping out in the middle of a Big 5 reserve during an Initiation Week of my training. There were three of us and the head guide, Mark. Each tent slept two, and luckily for me (being the only girl) ...

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