Category: South Africa

Challenging an Introvert

Jessica Rehmann Washington University in St. Louis African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2019 Here I am enjoying a leisurely hike in the Nylsvley Nature Reserve. I dreaded the days leading up to my flight from the comforts of home, to go across the world to a...

Skukuza – the First Taste of Kruger!

Dr. Lisa Nupen OTS Resident Lecturer African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa Lisa Nupen, Ph.D After making the long trip from Nylsvley the students finally arrived at one of the jewels on Africa’s protected area crown – the spectacular Kruger National Park. This is OTS South Africa’s main base...

The Perfect Way to Start

Olivia Lloyd College of the Holy Cross African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2019 That's me taking in the views from a lookout tower. I’ve been in South Africa for exactly 2 weeks now but it feels like I’ve been here for 2 months. It could be because...

First Day of Field Work in South Africa

Nia Dubon-Robinson Emory University African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 Here I am cheesing in front of an epic view at the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, aka "God' Window". A long day in the field calls for a nice shower. The temperature of the water...

The Best Part of South Africa

Ella HeadDuke University African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 That's me on top of a giant termite mound! While I was deciding whether or not I was going to study abroad in South Africa, lots of fears crossed my mind. I worried about all the things...

Life in Nylsvley Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park

Emma Waltman Washington University in St. Louis African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 “Big Tree Huggers” LRP team at one of our marula plots. From left: Issac our SANParks game guard, Roulin ”Eudora” Miao, Jonathan Plaistowe, Emma Waltman (me), and Austin Strayhorn. The second leg of...

Launching into Research

Dr. Tara Massad OTS Resident Lecturer African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 Tara Massad, Ph.D The last ten days of the course have been packed with new skills and challenges. The students spent acouple productive days in the classroom to learn basic statistics and become familiar...

Homestay in HaMakuya

Blythe Owen Wheaton College African Ecology and Conservation in South Africa - Fall 2017 This week we challenged ourselves to try new things and completely immerse ourselves in an entirely different culture on our homestays in Hamakuya. We were split up into groups of 4 or 5 people and went...