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”.
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 Professional Trails Guide and Tracker L3. 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.
Dr JEFF WILLIAMS:
Following a highly successful career as Pediatrician 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.
OWEN BOOYSEN did the MOTSUMI Trails Course back in 2011. He is an NQF4 Advanced TG guide and Tracker L2, 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.