Survival and Anti-Poaching based exerciseS

with conservation and environmental education

Exercises are run from our bush camp near to the Kruger National Park or in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
UK preparation and training will be conducted by our Expedition Leaders and ex UK Special Forces Officer. In South Africa the group will be led by an ex South African Special Forces Officer.
Survival
Tracking: Spoor identification and interpretationBush survival: Water location, fire, cooking, sustenance, protection and tool useFlora: Trees, grasses and shrub identification and medicinal uses

Mammals, birds & reptiles: Location, identification and behaviour

Reptiles: Snake bite treatment

First Aid: Self-medication & natural remedies

Animal anatomy: Skinning, dissection, anatomy study & carcass preparation

Bush cuisine: Sourcing and utilisation

Musketry: Basic weapons training

Bush skills: Camouflage, concealment & shelter building

Hunting methods: Snaring and trapping

 

Anti-Poaching
Big Game: Focusing on Rhino and Elephant. Tracking skills, identification, behaviour and research

Surveillance: Skills/ Day and night programme

Anti-poaching: Patrol Procedures

Navigation: By day and night

Radio use: Correct procedures

Weapons training: Basic and advanced

Ambush: Procedures and layout

Location
Rhino anti-poaching patrolling, location and research would be conducted in the private game reserve where our bush camp is located 3 hours north of Johannesburg or 2.5 hours north of Durban. The group will depart from the airport and drive directly to our bush camp. Elephant anti-poaching, location and research would take place in the Greater Kruger Park. All research outcomes would be handed over to the Game Reserve Conservation Teams at the end of the exercise and used in their continuing conservation efforts.
Learning
This would not only be an extremely valuable learning exercise for all those that take part but will genuinely be helping with the conservation and anti-poaching efforts in this part of South Africa.
Joint Exercise
It may well be possible to arrange a joint exercise with members of the South African Defence Force if desired. Group members would join us at the bush camp and be with your group for the duration of the exercise.
Cost
UK preparation This is dependent on the number of participants, location and exercise content. We have a     training centre in East Sussex which can also be utilised for any size of group up to 80 people.SA Programme In the region of £120 per person per day.
Exercise Duration
A 10 day programme would be recommended and also costs are more manageable for fund raising etc. However we can very easily extend that if required.
Numbers
Ideally multiples of 8 as this is logistically easier in country.
Time of year
This exercise can run at any time of the year however between March and October is recommended for much more comfortable weather conditions. During these months the temperature is, on average, as hot as our hottest summer days. November to February can be very hot, humid and often wet if you are feeling particularly cruel..!
Other Exercise Options
We have put together what we consider to be an excellent programme for any ACF or CCF group however youmay well require something different. We are very keen for every group to be entirely bespoke or have a bespoke element to the exercise content. Please find below other options to add to your specific exercise:-       Mountain hiking (multiple day and nights, sleeping in huts or caves)-       Specific animal tracking and anti-poaching projects. ie you may want to track and research Elephants-       Full duration survival or anti-poaching course-       Community content: School, Orphanage, HIV centre, Sentebale (Lesotho)-       Cultural learning (Zulu, Xhosa, Shangaan)-       Other conservation or environmental programme focus-       River rafting, quad biking, abseiling, forest canopy zip slide, other adventure sports
Included in South Africa
All administration, logistical preparation, accommodation, in country vehicles, transfers to and from airports, food, water, instructors, game rangers, trackers, chef and game reserve entry fees.