During the first week of your stay the Ulwazi Research Team will introduce you to the reserve, our many different species of flora and fauna and our focus animals. In addition to this you will receive training on our data collection and analysis protocols and how to use all the equipment.
Days start early on the reserve, before the heat of the day and when our focus species have not yet disappeared into the shade of the bush. After early morning coffee or tea, we head into the reserve at around 05.30am. After a few hours in the field we return to camp for a hearty breakfast, followed by a session of data crunching and analysis.
Depending on the programme that you are on, and also on the weather, some days we will head out into the field again in the afternoon or this time may be used for additional data analysis and reporting. We include a nocturnal drive at least once a week where we hope to spot some of our rare nocturnal species such as Aardvark, Porcupine and Leopard.
Zulu lessons are also provided in the first week so that you can start understanding the Zulu language and culture, and enjoy practicing your Zulu with our staff members.
An example of the itinerary is provided below so you can get an idea of how we work. Please be aware that while we work to a schedule the activities are different every day and every day brings new challenges and unexpected bush events that enhance the excitement and depth of learning of the experience.
05:30 – 08:30 Field Work
08:30 – 09:30 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:00 Data crunching
12:00 – 15:00 Lunch and free time
15:30 – 18:30 Field work/analysis
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner
Our Ulwazi Research Team is extremely passionate about what they do. Ulwazi means ‘place of learning’ and our team will share a great deal about the bush during your stay. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the art of tracks & signs in the bush from one of our experienced Trackers and experience at least one bush-walk with our Trails Guides.
At the weekends you are encouraged to explore Zululand. The Ulwazi Team will assist you in booking trips within a reasonable distance from the reserve. These may include (but are not restricted to):
- Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
- St Lucia (iSimangaliso) World Heritage Wetland Park
- Tembe Elephant Park
- Turtle Tours in St Lucia
For any other queries or to book please contact us via our contact form.