MOTSUMI BUSH COURSES

MOTSUMI BUSH COURSES has been a FGASA endorsed training and assessment provider since 1997. Many  of our ex-students are now holding senior positions in lodges, safari companies and other Guide Training Facilities. What makes MOTSUMI different, is our personal approach. Founder of MOTSUMI, and Trainer Principal, Bennet de Klerk, is intimately involved in every step of the course. Most of your training will, in fact, be done by him personally, with the occasional relief of a subject matter expert being called in for some change of scenery! This makes our excellent training product more affordable. And – very importantly – to ensure you get personal attention, we only take 8 learners per course!

MOTSUMI has always – and always will continue to do so – catered for the individual who wants the best possible training, without paying a huge premium for unnecessary add-ons like air-conditioning and 5-star rooms! The MOTSUMI mantra is really simple: “the only way to get to know The Bush, is to leave your footprints there”.

OUR TEAM

CHANTALLE DE KLERK:

Chantalle fell in love with the African Bush way back in the early 1990’s. A Dutch National from Maastricht, she immigrated to South Africa in 1995 to pursue her passion. She has started off and successfully run a number of Health & Beauty Spas at various lodges, and is an accredited trainer for spa therapists as well. Having never lost her passion for The Bush, she is also a qualified guide. As campus manager, she is responsible for your well being whilst on course.

BENNET DE KLERK:

Your Trainer Principal was fortunate to grow up on a Kalahari Game Farm. He had an early fascination with animal tracking and the Bushmen, leading to a number of disciplinary issues in high school, where his refusal to wear shoes led to a certain amount of friction with school authorities. After finishing his degree at the University of the Orange Free State, he embarked on a 4-year stint as overland safari guide. This took him through memorable voyages of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. On May 1, 1994, he took a position with Kwa Maritane in the Pilanesberg National Park. He was soon promoted to training officer for guides, and since 1996 he has been a full time guide trainer. He is a Level 3 SKS (Dangerous Animals) guide and assessor. He has also sustained his military career in the Reserve Forces, and has attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the SANDF. His passion is developing naturalists (the ones who wear clothes). He wears shoes quite often, these days.

EUGENE LE ROUX

Eugene is a Senior Lecturer. He has been a Nature Guide since 1998, and is a FGASA Level 3 Advanced Trails Guide. He has also made his mark in conservation management, and was a section warden of a 100 000ha Big 4 Game reserve in the Kalahari for 6 years, prior to joining MOTSUMI. His passions include bush walks, working with people and mammals, with a special interest in Animal Behaviour. He is currently completing his Nature Conservation National Diploma through UNISA. Eugene brings a vibrant energy into the team, which also rubs off on the students! He is married to Elzan and has a baby boy, Christian.

ELZAN LE ROUX

Elzan has been involved in the Game Lodge industry since 2000, after finishing her National Diploma in Hospitality Management.
She has held senior posts in various lodges and resorts, including 6 years as Lodge Manager in Khamab Kalahari Reserve. Elzan is the admin manager, and makes sure all the bush people of MOTSUMI keep their paperwork in order! All the hard work behind the scenes is thanks to her! She is married to Eugene.

Dr JEFF WILLIAMS:

Following a highly successful career as Peadiatrician in the UK, Dr Williams decided, after retiring, to pursue his other interests: Mountains and African Wildlife. He has written some excellent mountain guide books, including about the Drakensberg and the Ardennes, doing all the research and walking (or climbing) every crevasse himself. As for wildlife, he has done a number of guiding courses, and is a qualified Trails Guide. After a trails course with MOTSUMI in Northern Botswana during 2009, Dr Williams has become part of the MOTSUMI experience, where he conducts the theoretical aspects of dangerous animal knowledge on the TG courses. His extensive library of slides and videos enlighten the subject, whilst his unquenchable thirst for knowledge leads to new surprises on every course. Dr Williams is currently working on two books regarding bush walks and “Potentially Dangerous Animals”. He is also a retired Colonel in the United Kingdom Reserve Force.

FRANK BOUWER:

As a young man, Frank pursued his passion for the great outdoors by becoming captain of a fishing boat. He turned to animals of a more terrestrial persuation when, in 1997, he became a member of the MOTSUMI clan, rising to Level 3 SKS (Dangerous Animals) in record time. He has been involved in Pilanesberg for many years, and is both an Honorary Ranger and part of the Counter-poaching Unit. He is not only the Operational Manager of Mankwe Gametrackers (the biggest guiding company in North West Province), but also a fully fledged hot air balloon pilot, often conducting balloon safaris over Pilanesberg. A FGASA assessor for Level 1, 2, 3, Trails Guide and Advanced Rifle Handling, he plays a vital role in MOTSUMI’s Trails courses, leading a number of walks as mentor and conducting the ARH assessments.

ANDRE ZWIEGELAAR:

Fondly known as “Loggie”, Andre started out his association with MOTSUMI in 2006. He is a Level 2 TG qualified guide. Andre helps with logistics, and knows how to fix whatever is wrong! Since the very beginning, he has become part of the family, and a really important link in the MOTSUMI supply chain.

JUAN HEYDENRYCH:

Juan is a “second generation” MOTSUMI clan member; his mother Vera has been a MOTSUMI student while he was still at school. Juan is a Level 3 TG qualified guide, and also acts as mentor and assessor for MOTSUMI. Juan manages a lodge in the prestigious Black Rhino Private Game Reserve, adjacent to Pilanesberg. He also conducts short “Introduction to Nature Guiding” courses in Black Rhino Reserve, for those who want to confirm their interest prior to enrolling on a full course.

OWEN BOOYSEN

OWEN BOOYSEN did the MOTSUMI Trails Course back in 2011. He is a Level 2 TG guide, and has extensive experience in overland safaris, especially in Botswana, and lodge guiding. He remains closely tied with MOTSUMI, often helping out with Birding, Tracking, Grasses and Shooting.