We had another eventful weekend learning and exploring the wonders of the Bushveld.
I will just start of by saying “you can turn a boy into a man, but you will never take the boy out of the man” boys and their toys. It was absolutely hilarious to see all the “manne” of the group have such fun with the smallest of toys, the can crusher, but once bored of it they went on to make a massive fire which kept us all warm throughout the night.
We headed out bright and early for yet another interesting lecture with Ulrich. During the lecture we concentrated on antelope as well as mammal behaviour. Ulrich had planned a challenging yet practical activity where we had to identify what animal was displayed down to the specific .ssp just by looking at the skulls, teeth, tusks and horns.
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After a quick lunch we were off on an extremely informative game drive with Ulrich as our guide, we had the privilege of spending quite a bit of time viewing Rhino and learning how Pilanesberg is working to protect them. Once the sun had set we were given blankets to share and fight the cold, not that it helped much for it was our faces that were cold and no one dared put their heads under the blanket, in case they missed something.
It was an early evening for all, as I think everyone was more excited about the bush walk the following day.
What a treat
We divided into three groups each one led by two competent field guides/trackers all armed with rifles., (which may not have been all that necessary as Jeremy still does not know which way to hold it!)
I must say we did not walk very far, for every time we saw something there was the most interesting stories and facts to be told about the spoor, dung, trees and Rhinos scrapings.
One of the groups was fortunate enough to see a very large male lion at close quarters, which left a few in the group literally frozen in their boots. It was absolutely amazing how the adrenaline pumps through your body as well as your senses being much more acute when walking in the Bushveld.
I’m sure most would agree with me, I would much rather walk in the bush than drive the roads of the parks; it is something that must be experienced.
On behalf of Bushveld Mosaic 2017 students we would like to thank our HO’s Jeremy and Piet, and Lecturer Ulrich for another knowledgeable and critical thinking weekend, and last but not least to the guides/trackers for an amazing walk in the bush.
Editors Note: Many thanks to student Tiana Changuion for this fascinating report.
P.S. I wonder if Michael is going to get a “Can Crusher” in his Christmas stocking this year.