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It Takes A Safari Lodge To Raise A Guide

Field Guide Student | 18th Feb 2020

Previous NJ MORE student Nic Human – now a field guide at Madikwe Safari Lodge – writes about his experience of becoming a field guide at one of the country’s top safari lodges. “So far, my time at Madikwe has been nothing short of amazing. The warm and welcoming nature of the staff has made …
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Meet Our Captain – Lead Trainer Phillip Wessels

Uncategorised | 19th Sep 2019

With over 20 years of guiding experience, our Lead Trainer Phillip Wessels is the perfect mentor for our students. We chatted to him about his work, his passions, and more… We know that you have a wealth of experience in guiding. How did your passion for nature begin? I grew up on a farm, and …
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Safari Guide Of The Year 2019

Marataba South Africa | 18th Sep 2019

This year, we were honoured to be chosen by FGASA as the hosts for the Safari Guide of the Year (SGOTY) competition. Watch the video below to meet all of the candidates, and then read NJ MORE Sales Manager, Francois Fourie’s blog on how the event unfolded… Day 1 It was with great excitement that …
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Living Her Dream: Tovhi Mudau On Being A Field Guide

Field Guide Student | 9th Sep 2019

Senior Field Guide and Mentor Guide at Lion Sands Game Reserve Tovhowani (Tovhi) Mudau is an NJ MORE Field Guide College graduate. Here she tells us more about her time at Lion Sands, as well as what her first few weeks as an NJ MORE placement were like. “My time at Lion Sands Game Reserve …
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Tovhi Mudau: My Journey To Becoming A Senior Field Guide

Field Guide Student | 22nd Aug 2019

The Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) recently interviewed Senior Field Guide and Mentor Guide at Lion Sands Game Reserve, Tovhowani (Tovhi) Mudau. Tovhi is an NJ MORE graduate, and a shining example of what hard work and dedication can achieve. Here’s her story: “I had always wanted to be a medical doctor, however, …
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Apprentice Trail Guide Course 2019- NJ MORE Field Guide College

Uncategorised | 20th Jun 2019

On the morning of the 21st of May, there was a lot of excitement in the air at Schotia Camp as it was the first day of our apprentice trail guide course. Everyone was amped up as we started our journey to become Apprentice Trails Guides. We started the first few days with a 3-hour …
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My NJ MORE Experience – “You Never Know What You Have Until It’s Gone”

Field Guide Student | 20th Jun 2019

“You never know what you have until it’s gone” – My NJ MORE Experience A cliché saying that applies marvellously to the situation I find myself in now, reflecting on the last six months as the course comes to an end. I sit and think of all the new things I’ve learned and how I’ve …
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Through The Eyes Of An NJ More Field Guide Student.

Field Guide Student | 15th May 2019

The time I spent at NJ More Field Guide College was amazing. We got to see and learn a lot of interesting things out here in the bush and learn from the best trainer and mentor, Phillip Wessels. I had the privilege of getting a placement at Marataba Safari Lodge with some of my great …
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NJ MORE Field Guide College student Jasmin Stäheli managed to capture this beautiful picture of two hippos surfacing at Fish Eagle Dam at just the right moment.

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You'll often see Kudu out on the reserve, but it's always a special treat when a Gemsbok makes an appearance, as it is one of the rarer antelope species we see at Marataba

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Enjoy the freedom of the bush and gain invaluable knowledge of the natural world with our 60-Day Apprentice Field Guide Course. We're offering 20% off our July intake to the first 4 people who apply, so book your spot now! T&Cs apply. The course starts on the 10th of July.
Email francois@more.co.za to make a booking.

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Nothing quite compares to an orange-hued African sunset...

📸 : Field Guide Student Jasmin Stäheli

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A letter to the editor of the Sunday Times ZA, by Robert More.

"There is a limit. A limit to how long businesses that have had no revenue and people who have had no income for 80 days of lockdown can survive.

That statement, made by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week announcing adjustments to the Level 3 lockdown, brought a small, but short-lived sigh of relief from the Tourism Sector; hope that sense would prevail and amended regulations would pave the way for a meaningful reopening so that businesses and jobs could be saved.

This pandemic, which has seen a global health and economic crisis of ever-increasing proportion, has hit Tourism especially hard. One of the first economic sectors, and certainly the one earmarked for reopening last, the Tourism Sector was affected long before the 27 March lockdown date was announced.

Feeling that pain with us have been the communities, associated sectors and informal businesses who rely on an active Tourism Sector for their livelihoods.

At present, the Level 3 regulations allow hotels, lodges, B&Bs, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses to host business travellers and remaining tourists, as well as provide accommodation for quarantine and isolation purposes. Travel for leisure purposes has not been allowed explicitly, whether that is across provincial borders or not.

On paper, the accommodation sector seems open, albeit for certain categories of guests only. In reality, many accommodation establishments only serve leisure markets, or a mix of leisure and business. Their survival depends on leisure tourism reopening, and while the gradual reopening of domestic business travel, including inter-provincial business travel, is welcome, it alone will not sustain the thousands of small and large accommodation providers whose businesses are inextricably linked to leisure tourism.

Statistics South Africa indicates that as much as 90% of the domestic accommodation market is leisure, and that 60% of all domestic overnight trips are across provincial borders – in the case of Gauteng, that percentage is higher, 70%. Many accommodation businesses in surrounding provinces rely entirely on Gauteng’s outbound domestic leisure business.

We have seen extraordinary inconsistencies in the gradual reopening of South Africa’s economy. The welcome further relaxing of restrictions on accommodation establishments, as announced by President Ramaphosa, will be well and truly meaningless – yet another inconsistency – if domestic leisure tourists are still barred from travelling, inter-provincial travel remains in lockdown and businesses are unable to trade due to lack of demand.

Travel is happening. Whether it is across provincial borders for business, for study, for funerals or to care for vulnerable family members. These travellers can travel safely because of the stringent health and safety protocols that have been put in place by the tourism and hospitality sector to curb the spread of the pandemic, for all travel. And if these can travel safely, why can’t leisure travellers?

We remain hopeful that, as our regulations are being drafted, our pledge to safeguard our guests and staff through these robust health and safety protocols and the nature of how our Tourism Sector operates will ensure the President’s encouraging announcement will result in the meaningful easing our industry needs right now to survive.

Yours in Tourism,
Robert More
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