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Johan Van Zyl

When did you finish at Ulovane and briefly tell us what you have been doing since then?
I finished Ulovane at the end of 2006. Since then I’ve been Guiding and Managing various properties in Madikwe, Zambia and Botswana.
Where are you now?
I am currently based in Nelspruit and work as a photographic safari guide for Wild Eye.
What are your future plans?
To grow as a photographer and guide, helping people create lifelong memories and images. I also hope that some of my images could help create awareness for rare and endangered species such as Wild Dogs and Rhinos.
How did your Ulovane experience prepare you for a career in the guiding, hospitality industry?
With Schalk and Candice you get the best of both worlds. Schalk being an absolute walking encyclopaedia in the field, and Candice having that eye for perfection in camp. “Realtime” scenarios are set up during the course, whether guiding “acting” guests or hosting some visitors in camp, one gets a feel for what the industry is all about.
What was your favourite memory of Ulovane?
The walks, the sleep outs, the evenings around the fire and most of all the contacts that we’ve made. My tent mate and I are still very good friends 11 years later and Candice and Schalk are like family. Whenever you need advice on where to go or what to do, they most likely have been there done that and can give good honest advice. For this I am ever grateful and proud to say that I was part of the first group of Ulovane students.
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