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Getting to Know our Students – Larene Moolman

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

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

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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The shy and secretive Leucistic bushpig

Our students at NJ MORE Field Guide college have come across the Leucistic bushpig multiple times. Shy and secretive, most certainly one of the less known inhabitants of the African savannah, bushpigs are rarely seen in the open during daylight and at night most experiences with them are fleeting and brief. Imagine the shock in …
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Meet Our Captain – Lead Trainer Phillip Wessels

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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Apprentice Trail Guide Course

Apprentice Trail Guide Course 2019- NJ MORE Field Guide College

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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Tracking my own progress

Tracking My Own Progress with NJ MORE Field Guide College

An opportunity to be sponsored for the NJ MORE Field Guide College intake was advertised on the noticeboard at Tinga Lodge. I applied and after the selection process, I was chosen to be a participant. I was beyond excited, I could finally follow my dream of becoming a field guide. As a tracker, I always …
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My journey at NJMORE Field Guide College

It is always gratifying to get feedback from our students about what they’ve learnt and experienced during their time with us. William Knight, one of the students from our January intake had this to say: “When I joined NJ More Field Guide College I had the amazing opportunity to follow my dream of becoming a …
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Placement

Placement at Madikwe Safari Lodge – A Hands On Experience

Going into the last cycle of my placement at Madikwe Safari Lodge, I can hardly believe how fast time went and how much I’ve grown. Almost a year ago I started this life-changing experience, not really knowing what to expect but with an eager to learn and a passion to follow. During my first six …
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