How to become a ranger? How do they know so much?
Do they survive the bush when they get stuck?
ASK THE MORUKURU FAMILY RANGERS!
When visiting Africa, you see them. You get to know them while enjoying the luxuries of a Bush or Coast Lodge, and they are fascinating.
The African Rangers. The men with the nice sun glasses and safari gear; who know everything about the bush!!
Even better, they can actually survive in the bush!
At the Morukuru Family, we have multiple rangers looking after our guests (as each of the villa’s comes with a private ranger & tracker). They all have 1 thing in common, they are equally overwhelmed by the same passion: nature & wildlife.
To become a ranger, one is born for it. You need a talent and high affinity for working with nature and game, suffused with an ultimate perseverance to keep learning and taking care of the environment.
-Rangers are one of the most important gate keepers of African Wildlife.-
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Meet Ranger Stefan de Weerd. Counting 27 years and his ranger passion, runs in the family. Together with his beautiful wife Rose-Mary (they got married last September). They are one of our amazing management couples for the Morukuru Family in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
We asked Ranger Stefan a few questions. Just to get to feed the Ranger Vibes for all the curious tourists, that have been looking at these Safari Masters and wondered how their world is.
Ranger Stefan – Morukuru Family – Madikwe Game Reserve
How did you become a ranger?
My older brother started in the industry first and I just fell in love with it and decided to pursue the passion. And this passion is brought me where I am today. Learning hard and focussing on nature & wildlife. Together with my fantastic wife, we look after the amazing guests of the Morukuru Family.
I am in the bush every day, for hours and hours. Showing the most beautiful experiences on the planet and look after the environment. Making Safari dreams come true and also, which is probably the best part, educate our guests. Young and Old. Education is the most important thing we can endow our wonderful guests. They get inspired and learn what nature is all about.
Could you survive on your own in the bush?
I would be able to survive in the bush, because of all the skills that I was learned in my training. Knowing what trees and plants are edible, knowing how to collect clean water from plant roots, how to make a fire to stay warm at night and to keep animals away (boiling water to purify), making ropes from plant (which is always handy when in the bush) are all things that I learned over the years, not just from studies but also from the wealth of knowledge of trackers and colleagues that I have worked with over the years.
What was the best sighting you have ever had?
A big male leopard killing a blue wildebeest right next to the game vehicle. It was absolutely stunning. Guests where speechless. I have to be honest, I was a bit too.
What do you prefer, bush or city?
The bush, the best place to be, for me. Being in the middle of nature and wildlife is a dream come true. Life is different in the bush, not to compare to life in the city. Bush life is wonderful, but I have to say, it is not meant to be for everyone. You need to be skilled, not faint hearted and capable of living with ultimate silence and very very dark nights. But the compensation is that we have a sky full of awesome stars.
What is still on your ranger wish list??
To go to Ngorongoro crater. This is a volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. It is about 20 km across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area. The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking nature wonder.
If you want to know more about learning how to be a ranger of guide, associations such as The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) play an important role in training and educating Safari guides to improve knowledge and safety. Have a look at: http://www.fgasa.co.za/
By: Manon van der Veen | Pictures: Morukuru Family & Dook Photography