In-country learning is, in the main, experiential and of the highest priority to us. It is important to know from the start that equal attention is paid to the personal development of every individual as it is to the learning that is covered. Highly skilled and qualified Rangers, Instructors and Guides are employed at all times to ensure the very best adventurous learning experience takes place for all who choose to come to Africa with us. 

Practical Conservation Field Studies and Course Activities

– Conservation methods (land management to ant-poaching)
– General game species census
– Animal identification using telemetry
– Animal and bird identification and behaviour study
– Environmental impact assessment (bush, mountains, rivers)
– Wetlands species study
– Biodiversity and life support systems
– Spoor and other animal tracking methods
– Visit to animal rehabilitation centre and hands on experience
– (Born Free Foundation – Big Cat Sanctuary)
– Predator and prey identification and research
– Game Reserve maintenance and management
– Rhino and Elephant identification and research through ear notching
– Game drives by day and night (animal tracking and identification)
– Grass, shrub and tree identification, edible and medicinal uses
– Water source location, purification and testing
– Educational walking trails and bush sleep out
– Mountain conservation and water catchment
– Alien plant eradication programme
– Animal post mortem and anatomy study
– Challenges and opportunities of the natural heritage in South Africa
– Impact of the paper manufacturing industry
– Impact of poor farming practice
Community Projects 
– Activities with the patients/pupils, sports and practical projects
– HIV AIDS Centres
– Orphanages
– Rural Schools
– Local residential centre youth groups
– Local Church groups
Cultural Learning and History
– Zulu, Shangaan or Xhosa village visit and research
– Anglo-Zulu War study and battle fields’ tour
– Afrikaans culture and history
– San Bushman Cave Art research and field study
– European Colonisation
– Ancient and Medieval History

 

Survival and Anti-Poaching Courses
– Tracks/ Spoor identification & interpretation
– Trees/ Grass identification, medicinal, edible, toxins
– Birds/ Identification & behaviour
– Mammals/ Identification & behaviour
– Reptiles/ Identification & behaviour
– Reptiles/ Snake bite treatment
– Bush Survival/ Water location, fire, direction, sustenance, protection
– First Aid/ Self-medication, natural remedies
– Animal anatomy/ Skinning, dissection, anatomy study
– Carcass/ Preparation
– Bush cuisine/ Source & utilisation
– Musketry/ Basic & advanced weapons training
– Camouflage, concealment and shelter building
– Bush craft skills
– Fire, water, food, cooking, tool use, & kit
– Big game tracking skills
– Big game identification and behaviour
– Anti-poaching patrol procedures
– Surveillance AND Radio procedures
– Navigation by day and night
– Ambush procedures and layout
– Hunting, snaring and trapping
– Walking safaris including bush sleep out
Lecture Options
– Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
– Wildlife Ecology
– Principles of an Eco System
– Animal Population Dynamics
– Animal Capture Techniques
– Use and construction of Bomas
– Methods and Purpose of Relocating of Animals
– Animal Handling Stress factors and Containment
– Animal Husbandry
– Veterinarians Role in Conservation
– Animal Post Mortem
– Control of Disease and case study examples
– Wildlife as a source of Zoonotic infections
– Raptors and Reptiles in South Africa
– Parasites and disease in nature
– Facilities and drugs to reduce stress
– Drugs used in wildlife medicine
– Darting techniques
– Hand rearing of orphaned animals
– Disease in African Wildlife
– Anti-Poaching methods
Personal Development, Teamwork & Group Skills
– Increased inner confidence & belief in own capabilities
– Realisation of personal strengths & weaknesses-
– Ability to work on own and achieve personal objectives
– Assessing and managing personal health, safety & risk
– Staying calm in difficult and/or stressful situations
– Ability to problem solve creatively
– Functioning fully without modern conveniences
– Development of personal coping strategies
– Ability to following instructions and stay focused
– Completion of physical, mental & emotional challenges
– Working as part of a team and achieving team objectives
– Understanding the importance of giving to others & volunteering
– Understanding the importance of trust, tolerance & compassion for others
– Ability to work to/ with other people’s strengths & weaknesses
– Assessing and managing group health, safety & risk