“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”
– Albert Einstein
In our annual nature training and field guide feature we are going to be taking a closer look at how their organisation was formed, what drives them to be a part of this industry, the different courses they offer and what sets them apart from their competitors. So if you are just about to leave school and are considering a career in field guiding or nature conservation or you feel trapped in your current career and are looking to make a change, then the next few pages will offer great insight…
Fifteen years of guiding, managing and training teams of guides in some of South Africa’s premier game reserve destinations, led Schalk and Candice Pretorius to establish Ulovane Environmental Training, adjacent to and operating in Amakhala Game Reserve, between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
“This exceptional Malaria free location features interesting geological and paleontological history with a variety of fauna and flora, including the big-five, cheetah, brown hyena, caracal, serval and bat eared foxes,” says Schalk. “It was our dream to establish a training environment where our students would not just receive qualifications, but rather live the experience, sharing in our passion and so the Ulovane Campus was established. To match the dream we ensure a professional, exemplary and sensitive approach to the environment, the comfortable lodge-like accommodation was designed to be off the grid enabling us to practice what we preach,” comments Schalk. “Empowering students with a sound knowledge of nature, whilst stressing the importance of protecting the environment, not just for future generations but for our own survival is critical.