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Becoming a Ranger

Calling all rangers in the making

The heroes of any safari are without doubt our khaki-clad field guides with their seemingly magical abilities to find animals from smudges left in the dirt, or to navigate impossible obstacles with their powerful 4×4 vehicles. They spout fascinating facts about every bird, insect or reptile they find, and are founts of unlimited knowledge on animal behaviour. Theirs is a trade all young minds secretly wish to master….and the good news is now they can.

In this series, we’ll teach all you rangers-in-the-making everything you need to know on your mission to become a ranger. Got your sunnies? Then let’s go….

Birds & Birding

Episode 2

In this second part of Birds and Birding, Brendon teaches us how to use some waste lying about the house to create a mechanism to attract birds to our gardens and having birds feeding right outside the window is a great way to learn about the different species in our area.

Episode 1

Is birding really just an outing for boring people? Our &Beyond guides would argue not! In this week of “Becoming a Ranger”, Our &Beyond guide, Brendon White, teaches us the basics of becoming a birder and throws in a first few feathered treasures too.

How an animal works

Episode 2: Elephants

Damen is back with his myth-busting approach to the way an animal works, getting under the skin and into the very skull of an elephant! How many muscles were in that incredible trunk? How does an elephant’s teeth work? Where do the tusks attach? These are some of the questions Damen answers for us.

Episode 1: Giraffe

To better understand how a giraffe does what it does, we journey under its skin and explore the secrets its skull can reveal about its body and adaptation.

Survival Skills

Episode 2: Finding water

&Beyond guide, Nikki Muller, is up to his survival tricks again and in this episode, he shows us how to locate sources of water in the most unlikely of places.

Episode 1: Making a fire

Imagine you have to sleep outside in the bush where there are no lights, lots of wild animals and it’s very cold. You don’t have any matches, so you can’t just light a flame. What are you going to do?

Identifying Trees

Episode 3: The Leadwood

Josh van der Ploeg is back with another episode of Identifying Trees on ‘Becoming a Ranger’, and this time, he demystifies the elegant Leadwood tree in his usual charming way. The arboreal hero of this episode stands sentry over the equally charming, &Beyond Tengile River Lodge, South Africa.

Episode 2: The Sycamore Fig

Tree-lover Josh van der Ploeg captivates us with another iconic tree species – this time it’s the enchanted Sycamore Fig with its powdery yellow bark, green pigeons attendants and a secret relationship with fig fairies (wasps).

Episode 1: The Marula

The magic of trees is that, like people, each tree is unique. When you look closely, every tree has different leaves and bark – even their shapes aren’t the same. Elephants love the marula tree. Can you guess why they like this tree more than others?

Tracks & Signs

Part 3

Jarryd is back on the trail of Phinda’s wildlife! In this edition of Becoming a Ranger: Tracks and Signs he brings us insights into the use of signs to decipher the clues animals leave behind. While moving through the bush, animals leave more than footprints and we can employ all our senses to determine who has been where and when.

Part 2

Jarryd deciphers more of the clues passing animals have left in the sand. In this week’s edition of Becoming a Ranger: Tracks and Signs, he shows us how to recognise some of the more familiar species footprints and also how to tell similar tracks apart.

Part 1

Discover the ancient art of tracking. Jarryd du Preez, Head Ranger at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, introduces us to the ancient art of ‘reading’ the tracks and signs animals leave behind in the wild.

Other episodes

Episode 7

How to drive a 4x4

In this edition of Becoming a Ranger, Clive Cowie lets us in on some of the secrets of navigating the bush in a 4×4, including how to drive with no hands and while looking over your shoulder! Nifty tricks for sure! Just don’t try this at home kids!

Episode 4

Leopard behaviour

Join &Beyond guide, Matthew Smith, and learn how guides identify individual leopards at Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa. And discover how this helps to conserve this illusive cat in South Africa.

Ranger Missions

It has been our goal to bring the fun-filled learning, associated with travel, into your homes by introducing your children to our Becoming a Ranger series and the accompanying thought-provoking missions your young ones can do at home.

Introducing our WILDchild guides

Jarryd du Preez

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Josh van der Ploeg

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Nikki Muller

Ngala Private Game Reserve

Matthew Smith

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Brendon White

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Damen Pheiffer

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Clive Cowie

Phinda Private Game Reserve

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WILDchild Yoga

Lion-size fun with animals and yoga

We all connect with nature in our own way. For some, a run in the outdoors is the perfect way to invigorate mind and body, for others a more subtle connection is preferred, like breathing in the deep shade of an ancient tree. In WILDchild TV: Yoga we offer our nature-loving wild children the mechanism to stretch like a giraffe, bend with the wind and sun themselves like lizards all in the sanctity of their own homes. This series offers a virtual connection with nature and a physical connection to our bodies through movement. Aimed at 9-14 year olds, any young person and even those just young-at-heart, can join in.

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Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1