Game Rangers Course ♡


 Last week I went on an amazing Mother and Son's Adventure organised by his school, Bishops Diocesan College. 

My son loves the bush since childhood and is an avid wildlife photographer so this was a dream opportunity.  For his beautiful wildlife photography see

The course was based at Phinda, an And Beyond Private Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Activities included Rhino-Dehorning, Bird Ringing, setting camera traps, fire-fighting and a walk in the unique Phinda Forest and fossil hunting.

Matt the raconteur

My next few posts will cover more of these exciting activites.  Whilst the skill set of a game-ranger is varied (aside from a passion for the bush and vast knowledge of wildlife and the environment you also need to be a good driver and be great with people) it is the "behind the scenes" conservation activites that were particularly interesting to be a part of.


Can you see the  lion cub looking for her mum?


Literally getting a taste of the bush from Emma, the fantastic leopard spotter.

Many thanks to Leon Glanvill for organising the trip.  These are just some of the people who contributed to making the trip so special:

Botanist and Researcher:  Jeanrick Janse Van Rensburg

Phinda Conservation Management:  Simon Naylar

Rhino Dehorning Vet: Dr Mike Toft

Bird Ringing:  James Rawdon

AndBeyond Phinda Game Ranger:  Matthew van Wieringen

Bayete Tented Camp Manager: Nina Gray

Richard & Candice @ theLionheartexperience

Bayala Lodge Game Ranger @ emma_jane_wilderness

 Here are 2 links to articles covering the types of activities we experienced:


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