From the 29th June to the 3rd of July prospective nature guides, Themba Mangali, Thembisile and Marko Maarman, who completed a Junior Course in Guiding with FGASA, attended the introduction course to the career of nature guiding…More…which included hiking, bird watching, nature drives, communication, keeping hiking trails clean and alien clearing. They were also informed about the curriculum modules such as geology, taxonomy, weather, biomes of South Africa, plants, birds, reptiles and animal behavior.
Excursions included a fynbos trail drive and seeing other guides in action and bird specialist Chris Cheetham engaged them for a day of bird watching and visiting De Hoop Nature Reserve to raise the binoculars to spot birds in different habitats – a giant kingfisher was first on their list and in all they found 32 bird species.
The next venture was a 6 km hike and a reserve drive focusing on the Fynbos and the geology of Grootbos nature reserve.
A popular activity was the bird watching in Hermanus in the mountains of Fernkloof Nature Reserve where they spotted the Orange Breasted sunbird. When they approached the summit all three heartily agreed that this is the best office that anybody can hope for. Studying to become a Nature Guide will be good.
All three the junior guides showed an interest in guiding as a career. Marko would love to learn more about nature and Fynbos; Themba did not know that we found leopard in our mountains he would like to learn more about them and Thembisile loved the sounds and the smells of nature and would like to know more what sound what bird makes.
We look forward to see them proverbially blossom as field guides in our beloved Overstrand Fyn-bosveld!