Evading predation is essential for all animals, and seemingly helpless prey species use a variety of techniques to survive another day.
Taking a look at the diverse escape and evade strategies of reptiles in southern Africa.
When last did you hear the silence of the bush and when will you hear it again?
Find out about the various escape and evade strategies that birds have developed to avoid predators in the wild.
South Africa commemorates National Women’s Month in August and here we take a look at women in the field guiding industry.
Escape and evade strategies in the insect world – where being killed and eaten is an ongoing reality.
9 Interesting facts about the hippo – the mighty ‘river horse’.
Taking a look at the hippo, rhino and buffalo – animals with attitude!
Delving into the world of butterfly watching – a far more daunting challenge to get to grips with when compared to bird watching.
Spotted hyenas are curious, inquisitive and fiercely intelligent. Here are a few intriguing facts about these complex creatures.
Despite their diminutive stature, dwarf mongoose are a fascinating species with a range of intriguing habits and adaptations to their name.
Here are some amazing creatures that display mind-blowing speed and other tactics that make them successful in the wild.
Here are 10 reasons why it’s a good idea to come to South Africa and do a field guide course.
For billions of years, animals have learnt the skills required to survive and escape predation, adapting to their environment and learning a few tricks along the way.
If you think international visitors just flock to South Africa for its picturesque wine farms, the Big 5 and idyllic beaches, think again. Instead, dozens of international students are making their way to South Africa to take part in field guide training programmes.
Normally seen in a distant tree canopy or as a fleeting glimpse while it runs away, leopards are shy and elusive animals.
Every year South Africa plays host to an influx, and then an exodus, of more than one hundred bird species that flock to its shores during the summer months to take advantage of the rich conditions in terms of weather and food availability.
Brood parasitism in birds: Why waste time and energy parenting when you can dupe someone else into doing it for you!
The African bush is full of fascinating wildlife, both great and small. But sometimes the small gets overshadowed by the big… but not this time! Here we share with you five intriguing insects that are definitely worth keeping an eye out whilst on safari.
One of the many interesting ants in the African bushveld is the matabele ant (Pachycondyla analis). Their fame comes from their most organised raids of termites on which they feed!
Despite looks that only a mother could love, the bushveld rain frog sports an impressive array of unique survival adaptations.
Complex and fascinating by design, scorpion venom have proved throughout history to be a mythical yet remedial substance all in one.
It is not only the sheer size and magnitude of the eye that sets birds apart from other animals. They possess a whole variety of adaptations that allow birds to exploit their acuity to levels well beyond our own.
Having spent many hours behind the wheel of a 4×4 safari game drive vehicle, along with experiences that have taught me how best to operate a vehicle, hopefully this will help the reader achieve a similar if not better level of confidence and expertise.
Spider silk has many unique properties and is used by spiders in a whole variety of ways, but its most diverse use is as a weapon.
The safari industry is one such area that has becoming synonymous with photography and guests from all corners of the globe flock to Africa so experience the wonders of its biodiversity in the flesh. What better way to immortalise these memories than by documenting the experience in photographs.
The mysterious lives of the seven most secretive and enigmatic animals of the South African bushveld: the serval, aardvark, pangolin, genet, African wildcat, civet and porcupine.
Often called ugly, disgusting, and unhygienic, these large birds play a crucial role in the environment as nature’s best scavengers. They will find dead animals in the environment and pick the bones clean which in turn helps regulate potential carcass borne diseases that are exposed to other fauna.
Birding takes practice, but these seven tips from Bushwise will help you to identify birds at a quick glance.
Understanding the ecology of dung beetles and why they are vitally important to the environment.
The Big 5, a term from the old hunting days, devoted to the five most dangerous animals to hunt, has been a target for the avid Safari goer since the birth of photographic tourism in Africa.
Is behaviour and disposition ingrained in a species’ genetics or is it merely a product of multiple positive and negative experiences throughout its life?
To witness any interactions is a pleasure but Christmas came early in Makalai on this particular day, with the Bushwise bush gods delivering us a sighting of epic proportions with two apex predators
Crocodiles are considered living relics of this bygone era and delving a little deeper into their physiology, we begin to understand why they are still so successful, despite all the changes that have since impacted the world.
Learn about the fascinating properties of trees that could help you out in the wilderness!
A bit of appreciation for the ecological role that insects play in our lives.
After graduating from Bushwise, Carol Cerny has gone on to start her own crowdfunding campaign for rhino conservation.
Two young lion cubs face a tough life ahead as the natural order of the bush leads them into adulthood.
Back to the Wild releases a rehabilitated caracal into the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve.
Find out what it takes to become a field guide from people in the know.
South Africa’s abundant natural beauty is driving the demand for Zoology students wishing to complete their post-graduate studies in the bush.
A closer look at the giraffe’s art of necking!
A family of elephants perform a rescue mission when one of their youngest takes a topple.
Students at Bushwise get a lesson in the brutality of nature through performing an autopsy on a chameleon that fell victim to a bird of prey.
What is a game ranger? What is a field guide? These roles have changed over the years, resulting in some confusion.
A closer look at the elusive African wildcat – its place in history and its current situation.
A fang-tastic sighting by the head trainer at Bushwise Field Guides of a boomslang in action!
When Bushwise students find some lions playing around in the bush, they raise some questions about lion behaviour.
The fork-tailed drongo proves it’s all about attitude and adaptability when it comes to scoring an easy meal.
A spotted bush snake catches a foam nest frog for brekkie!
Find out why an injured lioness spotted by Bushwise Field Guide students has a good chance of a speedy recovery.
Learn about the nymph-like creature that calls the beautiful impala lily home!
Comments from previous students about becoming a field guide with Bushwise.
There is always something happening in the bush, even if you don’t get to see it. Erik Brits recently learnt how to unlock all of these secrets during “track and sign” week with Bushwise Field Guides.
What does one do when a lion charges you on foot? Bushwise has the answer!
The head trainer of Bushwise explains the art of tracking.
Jaq on quitting a high paying job to study at bushwise to become a field guide.
Erik Brits travels to Limpopo to spend a day with the guides-in-training at the Bushwise Field Guides training facility.