The Rangers and Trackers were randomly divided into two teams; these teams would compete against each other in the inaugural ‘Boerewors Week‘. A week set aside in the busy calendar year to strengthen partnerships, morale, improve skills, increase banter and have great fun amongst work colleagues. All done to shape this already superb field guiding team into a exceptional unit.
Over the duration of a week the teams competed for points in a variety of exercises. Points were awarded for an event victory and team-mate participation. Activities included: Rifle practice, birding, branch cutting, first aid training, walking scenarios, photography, scavenger hunts and of course no week at Londolozi is complete without a Touch Rugby game…an explosion of colour and speed.
The highlight of each day however was that as the sun started setting the two teams would head out and link up at a random spot in the bush armed with a braai grid, a cooler box of drinks, rolls and lots of boerewors. Around a campfire each night we would tell stories, make fun of each other, laugh, discuss strategies, techniques and opinions. A sharing of knowledge. Years of experience combined under starry African skies…It’s a tough job that someone has to do!
As for which of the two teams walked away with the title…well there is still a little bit of debate on the matter! It was a huge success; grounding everyone, putting us all out in the bush, getting us dirty and on a level playing field…clearing the mind for the very busy festive season ahead.
The Londolozi Field Team would like to thank Marius from Vleisland in Hazeyview for very kindly donating the greatest boerewors in the lowveld. Your generosity was much appreciated!
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister