Busy day, on duty which meant up at 03.30 to set things up, then it was straight out on an assessment walk. I had the second leg but didn’t do as well as I wanted or indeed could do.
During our stint we were assessed on situational awareness, changes in wind direction, orientation, route choice and big five signs – particularly oxpeckers. I was so concerned with trying to navigate I missed a giraffe again, not that I think anyone else saw it at first other than instructor Massi.
Despite my fears I came out with a good result, I was probably being too harsh on myself but the self-appraisal of my performance was worthwhile.
Then came our written exam which went well so all in all a good day.
With having the course completed by lunchtime it left plenty of time for fitness, revision and a few beers to accompany the Braai.
As it was the end of the course we had to say good by to our instructor for the week, Rhodes, a full time trails guide with his own company (www.shanganitrails.co.za).