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An internship opportunity of a lifetime…

Conservation | 29th Jun 2022

Graduates of the Career Course at NJ MORE Field Guide College are given the opportunity of a six-month internship at a top safari lodge, setting them on the right track to a guiding career. Student Gino Spano, together with TshuXekani Gumede, is on placement at Lion Sands Game Reserve, part of the MORE Family Collection, …
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Thanks NJMORE team – It’s a wrap!

Conservation | 29th Jun 2022

“What an honour to have been part of the first six months of this course. Now on to the next chapter… Placements here we go.👊🏻 “I would like to thank the NJ More team for everything they have done for us at the college. It was an amazing experience, from the staff working nonstop to …
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STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF ADVANCED RIFLE HANDLING

Conservation | 19th May 2022

One of the more difficult qualifications in the guiding industry, is advanced rifle handling (ARH). My fellow students and I from the NJ MORE Field Guide College at Marataba, in the Marakele National Park, were put to the task on the 4th of May. I knew exactly what was needed to pass — mainly a …
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ADVANCED BIRDING AT NJ MORE FIELD COLLEGE

Birding | 19th May 2022

As a lead instructor and resident ‘bird nerd’, I took the students at NJ MORE Field College on a birding campout with an exciting programme in store for them. We were joined by Dr Derek Engelbrecht, a well-known ornithologist and lecturer at the University of Limpopo, who was accompanied by his family. Over the course …
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Getting to Know our Students – Larene Moolman

Field Guide Student | 16th Mar 2022

When I first decided to move to the bush, it was because of the big things, the sunsets, the horizons, the love of the outdoors, the stillness, the space. Not for one second did I expect that I would fall in love with the little things. I have lived in London for more than a …
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Getting to Know our Students – Seelye Arms

Marataba South Africa | 10th Mar 2022

First, a bit of background on me. I’ve spent most of my life in cities: from New York to Seattle to Southern California and the last 10 years in London. I love big cities as melting pots of creativity, culture and ideas, but I also need to balance the hectic city pace with time in …
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marataba mountains

Marataba – A land of magic, memories and nature at its best

Marataba South Africa | 16th Feb 2022

The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is an incredibly diverse, inclusive and massive area covering much of the central north of South Africa. Named after the mountain range on which we here at Marataba gaze, the Waterberg is a large scale transitional zone. It’s a ‘jack of all trades’ so to speak – a region comprising of …
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Marataba’s ever-changing lion dynamics

Marataba South Africa | 19th Jan 2022

We have known the Scotia males, a pair of lions who are seemingly brothers, since early March 2021. They were first only spotted from time to time – mostly at night, and from their tracks left behind the following morning – and were initially very wary, and even skittish, of our vehicles. They were named …
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