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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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Conservation Adventures Out In The Field

Conservation | 13th Mar 2019

It was with eager anticipation that all 15 NJ MORE students gathered early on a Wednesday morning for their Conservation Management practical module, which involved two days in the field with the Marataba Conservation team (MPCo). As the 25,000ha Marataba section of the Marakele National Park is privately owned and managed, it is the responsibility …
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As part of the FGASA syllabus, students study astronomy, which they can use to help them find their way over the plains... Seeing the Milky Way this clearly certainly is the course highlight.

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While our students were out in the field getting their hours in trail walking, they stumbled across a giraffe waiting in the thickets. Now this... is what we live for!

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Our 60-Day Apprentice Field Guide course students chat over an early morning coffee before heading out on a thrilling day of learning practical skills in the wild landscapes of Marataba South Africa.

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Our 60-Day Apprentice Field Guide Course students finally managed to see these incredibly rare and endangered Black Rhinos (Diceros bicornis) in the wild – and got this epic shot. Never a dull moment at the college!

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