Ecology and Taxonomy Weekend – BM2024

Pilanesberg National Park – 26 to 28 January 2024. Web report by Thea van Tonder. Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” This weekend was the start of our journey to look deep into nature! Starting with the basic concepts such as biology – the study ofRead more ⟶

Archaeology Weekend: 18-20 August 2023 Pilanesberg

The archaeology weekend was held at Pilanesberg National Park, at Lampies’ happy place, the beautiful Potokwane Camp, as our home base.  As always, the weekend cannot start before the dreaded test on Friday evening is out of the way. This time around it was on arthropods and some of us were not sure if weRead more ⟶

First Aid weekend– Pilanesberg: 21-23 July 2023

DAY 1 We arrived at Potokwane on Friday afternoon and settled down at 19:00 to meet our lecturer for the weekend, Dave Nel from Turtle Life Support, who is also an Honorary Officer in his spare time.  Dave is extremely passionate about first aid and loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with people. Dave startedRead more ⟶

Geology Weekend. Borakalalo. Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June 2023

With the Geology weekend the Bushveld Mosaic 2023 nature course reaches its halfway mark! We can’t believe the year and course have progressed so far so quickly. After again braving the potholed and challenging road from Brits, all arrived safely at Borakalalo on Friday afternoon. At sunset it was chilly but not too cold. LittleRead more ⟶

Mammals weekend. Pilanesberg, 19-21 May 2023

Winter has arrived! This weekend saw us all clad in warm clothing, jackets, scarves, and beanies. All that is, except Luke, with his shorts, vellies and bush shirt. Temperatures at Potokwane camp dived overnight to some 3°C, and we saw frost on our early Sunday morning bush walk. On Friday evening we wrote our VeldRead more ⟶

Veld Management weekend– Borakalalo: 14-16 April 2023

Report and photographs by John, Ingrid, Debbie, Luke DAY 1 It was our second visit to the Borakalalo Nature Reserve, and as rocky slopes members we were the first to arrive and happy to have the pothole road behind us!  It was time to relax until the tree test that evening. Driving down to FishRead more ⟶

Wetlands, Catchments and Rivers 31 March – 2 April 2023

Water…. The life force for all living organisms! This short but powerful opening statement was the start of a fascinating weekend. This very insightful weekend spent in the beautiful Kgaswane Nature Reserve, had us experiencing a freshly squeezed, great tasting sample of this incredible resource, almost from the point of origin. It was a welcomeRead more ⟶

Trees weekend– Borakalalo: 17-19 March 2023

Report and photographs by Sarel van Wyk and the Wetlands Team This was a first visit to Borakalalo National Park for some of our team, and the less said about potholes on the tarred road to Bora the better. However, on arrival at the National Park, and Fish Eagle Camp, we were quick to realiseRead more ⟶