Field Guide

The Rocky Road To Becoming A Field Guide

On a hot and sunny afternoon, all 15 NJ More Field Guide College students headed into the Marakele National Park for some four-wheel drive training, accompanied by their two experienced trainers, Ben and Stohm.

With the group consisting of a real cross-section of ages, nationalities and backgrounds, there were a few confident souls who had previous 4WD experience, while most were filled with trepidation as to what awaited them.

After travelling a short distance from the main Schotia camp and locating a suitable rocky, steep and difficult section of track (near which there were some excellent lioness prints in the soft sand), the trainers sent the majority of the students on a series of tree identification quests.

The first lucky student was placed in the front seat of the safari vehicle and given a rundown on the basics of two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, low range and high range, and how to engage these various settings.

After this brief introduction, they were then asked to drive the vehicle along a roughly 500m stretch of track that included a steep incline, as well as several large and many smaller rocks that all required careful navigation.

The driver then had to turn the vehicle around in a tight section and navigate back down the incline to the original starting point. A second student was seated as a ‘guest’ in the rear row of the vehicle so that they could feel first-hand the full range of bumps and gyrations that a real guest might experience.

Eventually, after more than a few stalls and a several heavy bumps, and under the patient and helpful tutelage of Ben and Stohm, all the students completed the course, taking away some invaluable knowledge and experience on how to handle a game vehicle on heavy terrain – a crucial skill in the quest to become an exceptional field guide.

After more than a few stalls and a several heavy bumps, and under the patient and helpful tutelage of Ben and Stohm, all the students eventually completed the course, taking away some invaluable knowledge and experience on how to handle a game vehicle on heavy terrain – a crucial skill in the quest to become exceptional nature guides.

Written by: Chris Wahlstrom

Our new group of students: bright-eyed and keen to take on the wild world of field guiding! With a setting as beautiful as Marataba South Africa, how could they not be inspired?

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NJ MORE Field Guide College

Do you have a passion for the bush, as well as all the weird and wonderful creatures that call it home?
Explore the African wilderness, while gaining valuable insight into the world of Field Guiding with our new 60-Day Apprentice Field Guide Course!
This course is perfect for gap year students, or anyone wishing to learn more about nature and wildlife. You’ll get to spend time in Marakele National Park, which is part of the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve – the only savannah biosphere in the world.
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A huge welcome to our new NJ MORE ambassadors!

The new students for July 2019 have arrived, and they are ready to take on the adventure of a lifetime. During their time with us, they will be gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to one day become field guides. And of course, they'll be living their African dream! We cannot wait to see all the wonderful things you do!
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Just 3 more days until we meet our new students for our July intake! We are looking forward to introducing them to the beautiful landscapes of Marataba South Africa, and teaching them everything they need to know about becoming exceptional field guides. ...

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