Thursday, June 13, 2019

On a walk with the Trails Guide course students. EcoTraining Selati Camp

Impala rams testing each other to claim mating rights. 
Each year the dominant males face
 challenges from the younger males.
In this manner, nature ensures that only the strongest individuals get to mate.
As it turned out they were to be the ONLY game that we saw on this walk 
Once again I found myself joining some of the EcoTraining students
on their 28-day FGASA-accredited Trails Guide course

Off into the fading afternoon sunset, we went.
Single file and in silence.
The students were hoping that there would be some
 dangerous animal encounters to put into their workbooks.
The 5 Golden Rules of a Trails walk are:
1]Stay in single file
2] Stay behind the rifle at all times
3] Listen and obey the commands of the guide.
4] Do not run at any time!
5] No talking while walking and keep the noise to a minimum.

Looking ahead, EcoTraining back up guide Aagia was making certain that
the noises we were hearing were heading away from us.

This is what we were hoping to find...
A breeding heard of elephant making their way down the road.
But, it was not to be!
(This sighting was from a vehicle and not on foot)

Aside from a multitude of footprints,
there were signs like this everywhere.
This is how an elephant gets rid of the excess mud.
It rubs it off either on branches
or on tree trunks that line the regularly utilized game paths. 

Not a drop of water in the river bed...

But the group decided to stop here for a break.
In the vain hope that the elephants would come looking for water.

Although there might not have been any of the larger mammals around,
the area was alive with birdlife.
Never one to miss an opportunity to add to her life-list,
one of the EcoTraining students scans the surrounding vegetation in search
of those elusive species that are often heard but not seen.

My well-utilized boots having a well-earned rest.
Together we have done hundreds of kilometres. 
And although unsuccessful on this walk
we have been on trails where there have been successful sightings.

What better way to end the day?
Heading back to Selati camp as the sun sets.
Just another day in paradise.

This is the EcoTraining mission statement... 
1] Vision: To be the Global leader in environmental education
 by reconnecting people with nature...
For me, the most important part of
  that statement is the word *reconnecting
2] Mission: To provide inspirational & immersive learning experiences
 for professional safari guides and guardians of nature
and finally...
3] Values: Inspire. Professionalism. Caring and Accountability.
Are you ready to make a commitment to yourself and your future?
If so, then visit their website for more information:

A big thank you to each of these brands
 for coming on board.

This has been my constant travel companion 
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometres/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
 in South and Southern Africa.
BEST SUITCASE EVER!
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This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:

My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
Photo:

Photo:
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

Breaking in my new pair of Yellow Veldskoen Shoes.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.
Now to try out the rest of the colours in the range.

Photo:
When back home, I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high-speed fibre connectivity to
 enable me to get my postings published in record time.

Photo:
This Powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...


ALWAYS choose to be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,
visit:

I could not do without this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely a stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows moving from supported
to handheld in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:


To see who else were winners in 2018, visit:


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