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Learner Guides Testing their Skills at Rukuru Camp

Recently our Learner Guide pupils were very fortunate to secure a booking to visit Rukuru – a safari camp near the Zambezi River. It has varied vegetation with mopane woodland, jesse bush and a floodplain not far downstream from Chirundu. With this diversity we were able to study many different trees and there were good populations of elephant, impala, baboon and warthog.

We were out before sunrise and our walks revealed a variety of spoor - pupils were able to identify the different tracks of some nocturnal animals – porcupine, hyaena, mongoose, civet etc. Birding was excellent and we observed riverine species and large numbers of aquatic birds on the banks of the river. We went through the SCI methods of measuring trophies and put this into practice when we found skulls on our walks.

The firearms practical involved stripping weapons, cleaning and oiling them and putting them back together again.

On the last evening we watched the sunset from the riverbank while pupils had a short time to fish – eight tiger fish were landed and successfully released. Our visit was too short but will certainly return to this excellent venue for a field trip. Our thanks to the guide who conducted our walks and game drives, lectured our learners and looked after us while we were at Rukuru.

     


     

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