ACE in the Media

Press Opportunity on Game Ranger Guide Course, South Africa

African Conservation Experience have an exciting opportunity for an experienced freelance writer, editor or journalist to join the Game Ranger Guide Course in South Africa from 20 May - 6 June 2014.

The Opportunity

African Conservation Experience (ACE) have one place on the course available for a journalist or editor. The place includes accommodation (shared), meals, transport in South Africa, all course related activities and entry fees. The course will be run as normal, with regular participants - this is not an exclusive press trip. The successful applicant is encouraged to join the course and all activities as part of the group. 

Not included: International airfares to Johannesburg. Arrival needs to be by 9 am on 20 May, departure after 8 pm on 6 June. Spending money, travel insurance (compulsory), vaccinations, visa fees (if applicable)

Course Details

This 2 week course offers an intensive, field-based introduction to the wildlife and habitats of South Africa. During the first week participants explore animal and plant identification, tracking, geology, game drive ethics and safety in the field in Mapungubwe Private Nature Reserve. The course then moves into Kruger National Park for an overnight stay and a module on approaching dangerous game on foot, before finishing in a private reserve near Hoedspruit with a course on identifying and handling dangerous snakes and reptiles. Further details are available at

“I wanted to go away and have a fantastic experience but not a safari.  The Ranger Course was great for being more hands on than just sitting in a land rover and listening.”

Richard Baxter , past participant

Expression of Interest

Any editor, writer or journalist is welcome to submit an expression of interest to Ellen Sziede at [email protected] Please detail the publication you work for or, for freelance writers, reference to a portfolio of work, and how a feature on the Game Ranger Guide Course would tie in. Preference will be given to candidates who can provide a guarantee for publication of a feature. 

Deadline for expressions of interest is 27 April 2014. Submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee a place - African Conservation Experience only have one place available, and reserve the right to choose the candidate that it is offered to.


ACE are often profiled in travel magazines, the national press and featured on the television. You can read some of our recent coverage below.

If you're a journalist and would like to enquire about a feature with ACE, or you are interested in featuring our volunteering case studies please get in touch. If you're a past volunteer we would equally like to hear from you! Share your story and enjoy five minutes of fame!

Recent Coverage

Volunteer for Wildlife Conservation

Travel With A Challenge November 2011

North Shore Times, Australia

ACE Marketing Manager Ellen Sziede and past volunteer Silvia Russenberger report to US based magazine, Travel with a Challenge, on volunteering later in life.

Fundraising in Australia

North Shore Times, Australia September 2011

Volunteer Kathryn Glover talks to North Shore Times newspaper about her fundraising events for a placement at Hanchi Conservation Project.

An African Adventure at Phinda September 2010

Volunteer Rose Massingham recalls her experience at Phinda Game Reserve, joining a leopard research project and shares her amazing encounters

An extended break can be a good career move

The Independent July 2010

Journalist Rob Griffin at the Independent suggests taking a career break to travel and consider your options can be a smart move and talks to ACE career breaker Kirsty Beavis

Katrina Steele talks to Stoke Gifford WI

Thornbury & District Gazette Series June 2010

Katrina Steele talks to Stoke Gifford WI about ACE projects and encourages them to take a 50+ career break. The ladies also learn about the conservation projects and initiatives African Conservation Experience are involved with

Look to the Seas

Real Travel Magazine February 2010

Real Travel explores our conservation project in Mauritius, working alongside marine biologists to contribute to the development of new legislation to conserve and protect the diminishing marine wildlife.

Wildlife Game Ranger Course takes on new elements

Real Travel Magazine January 2010

A hotspot for zoologists, photographers and film makers, the game ranger course covers the principles of professional wildlife viewing... Real Travel writes about our exciting courses...

Going it... Together

Wanderlust December 2009

Wanderlust explains how volunteering with friends and family can make for a fantastic one off experience, and explores African Conservation Experience's family Tutuka Conservation Project

Unforgettable gaps - It Changed the Course of My Career

Source Magazine Autumn 2009

ACE volunteer David Wright explains to Source magazine how his placement changed the course of his career resulting in a first class honours degree in Zoology and a career in research

World Cup Threatens Community Projects

Wanderlust November 2009

African Conservation Experience spokesperson Alexia Massey, talks to Wanderlust about being torn between the excitement of South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup and the impact it may have on our conservation projects and volunteers.

Under the Skin

Real Travel Magazine July 2009

Writer and traveller Tessa Clements explores the options if you want more than sun, sand and sangria from your travels, taking a cultural dive with Sarah Brookes, a past ACE volunteer.

Volunteering is a great way to pick up new - CV friendly - skills

Wanderlust, Written by Dan Linstead May 2009

Volunteering can be a great way to enhance skills for a future career - past volunteer Catriona Carr explains to Wanderlust how volunteering with ACE second time round at Tuli Conservation Project, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience reinforced her interest to become a keeper at Longleat Safari Park, UK

Real Life Honeymoon Adventures

Irish Brides April 2009

Two volunteers who dared to be different on their honeymoon, speak to Irish Brides about their experience of a lifetime on our Game Ranger Guide Course

Riding Long Haul

South East Rider Magazine March 2009

For a unique perspective on horse riding, South East Rider explore ACE's Hanchi Conservation Project, tracking wildlife from horseback and assisting in the management and long term conservation aims of a stunning South African reserve

Vets Go Wild

BBC Wildlife Magazine, Sophie Stafford October 2007

Editor of BBC Wildlife Sophie Stafford joins ACE on our Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience, coming face to face with white rhino, buffalo and many other African mammals. Bringing her trip to life, Sophie relays her 2 week adventure with ACE...