South Africa anti-poaching & bushcraft course (10 days) 

Cost: $1400 per person. 10 person max. 4 person minimum to run course.
Dates: November 3-12th, March 1-9th 2018
Location: Waterberg Region, Limpopo Province, South Africa (O.R Tambo Airport is the closest international airport).

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Survival in the African bush will depend heavily on a persons knowledge of the wildlife and environment. All creatures great and small pose a threat to us in these lands. Learning the intricate bushcraft skills of reading animal behavior, what to avoid, and how to take care of your survival priorities is paramount to bush survival.    

Poaching, or illegal hunting, is a very serious problem in Africa. On this survival course you will have the opportunity to play your part in conservation by being trained as a game ranger in the heart of the South African bush, up close with South Africa's largest animals. You will take part in anti-poaching practices such as tracking and taking count of endangered rhino's by foot and safari vehicle and so much more! Les Brett, a former SA Special forces service member, FGASA level 3 field guide, and anti-poaching activist leads this informative hands-on course. His 35 years of experience in the African bush, specializing in dangerous game, ensures you are getting the real deal and will be well looked after. Upon successful completion of a short exam the participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Keep reading below for more course details, and also view our 3 Day Bushcraft Skills Course

Get up close and personal with orphaned elephants for a truly spectacular interaction and learning experience

Get up close and personal with orphaned elephants for a truly spectacular interaction and learning experience

Anti-Poaching & Bushcraft Course Details

*Big game identification and behavioral studies - Learn about Africa's most dangerous animals in the field by foot and 4x4 safari vehicle.

*Tracking skills - You will be tracking Africa's largest and most dangerous animals such as elephant, rhino, leopard and more.

*Bushcraft survival skills - Learn ancient bushman and modern survival techniques to achieve fire, water sourcing/purifying, finding food, primitive navigation and to live among dangerous animals.

*Conservation and anti-poaching practices - Understanding the ecological carrying capacity, plant invasion, relocation and rehabilitation of animals, breeding of endangered species, conduct daily counts of the local rhino population, search and removal of illegal snares, play your part in a patrolling for active poachers.

*Reptiles and snake bite treatment - Identification, learn about the different types of venom, how to safely catch and transport a venomous snake, First-Aid techniques for a snake bite.

*Birds - Learn to identify various birds and their alarm signals, understand the roles they play in the Africa animal kingdom. 

*Plants - Learn to identify edible, medicinal, toxic and useful plants and trees.

*Firearm handling and safety - Learn how to handle and operate the various fire-arms for protection against animals and poachers.

*Bush food - Animal skinning, dissect and inspect anatomy for disease or health issues, process the meat into steaks, sausage and bush jerky. Learn to bake bread over coals. All hands on!

Our remote bush camp is rustic, comfortable, and in the heart of the Africa bush. 

Our remote bush camp is rustic, comfortable, and in the heart of the Africa bush. 

Course Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive by flight to O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be greeted by our professional guide Les Brett, who will drive you to our bush lodge. This is only a 1 hour drive, after which you will be listening to the calming sounds of the African bush for your first night.

Day 2-8: Early the next morning after breakfast we depart on a 3 hour drive to our remote bush camp where you will be spending the next 8 days living and learning among the Africa wildlife.

Day 9: Return to the lodge for reptile training, as well as an up close and personal introduction to orphan elephants and rhinoceros.

Day 10: You will be transported to O.R Tambo International Airport for your departing flight.

Gear to bring:

  • Flashlight
  • Hiking boots and sandals
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Neutral colored clothing
  • Warm layers
  • Binoculars
  • Sleeping bag

What is included:

  • All tuition
  • Necessary gear for course completion
  • Accommodation
  • Food -3 meals a day
  • Juice and drinking water
  • Transport to/from O.R Tambo International Airport

What is not included:

  • Flights to/from O.R Tambo International Airport. It is highly recommended to book your flight within 60 days prior to course start date, or book a refundable/changeable flight. Please refer to booking terms, conditions and refunds below.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal sanitary items
  • Gratuities

booking terms, conditions, and refunds:

A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot on the course. The remainder must be paid in full no less than 60 days prior to course start date.

It is highly recommended to book your flight within 60 days prior to course start date, or book a refundable/changeable flight. We choose to run these courses in low season therefore flights are usually cheaper.

If we have not had a minimum of 4 bookings by 60 days prior to course start date, and therefore cannot run the course,  we will notify all persons with reservations and you will have the choice of being provided a full refund or a credit toward the same course at a future date.

If a student needs to cancel their booking, a full refund (excluding a 5% processing fee) can be requested as long as it is not within 60 days of the course start date. 

Age requirements:

Our age limit for this course is 16 years old if unaccompanied, however we are very flexible with age limit if accompanied by a guardian. Please note that South African immigration requires that unaccompanied minors 18 years of age or younger require an unabridged birth certificate (listing names of parents) accompanying their passport for entry.

Health and travel information

  • non-malaria area, therefore malaria prophylactics not required!
  • No vaccinations are required by us or South African immigration to enter however always refer to the center of disease control for recommended vaccines at your discretion
  • We require all participants to hold medical travel insurance for this course
  • Visa's may be required to enter South Africa, please check with your nearest South African consulate to confirm. Many countries such as the USA, United kingdom, and Australia do not require visas for a maximum stay of 90 days.

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