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Game Ranger Conservation Experience

Live the life of an African wildlife ranger.

Take this adventure into the heart of South Africa’s legendary Kruger National Park and you’ll emerge from the wilderness two weeks later brimming with bush skills, a real understanding of Africa’s famous wildlife and the threats they face. Not to mention enough stories to last a lifetime.

Guided by an experienced wildlife ranger, you’ll come face to face with rhino, elephant, lions and other animals that call Kruger home. You’ll also learn how to handle reptiles, track and identify wild animals and find out about their diets and behaviour. This experience also includes a visit to a wildlife care and rehabilitation centre. And of course, you’ll get that chance to discover the real African bush.

Our Wildlife Ranger Experience is created exclusively for African Conservation Experience, giving you a unique insight into the important role rangers play in wildlife conservation.

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Category

Wildlife Adventure Courses and Experiences

Species

Elephant, lion, rhino, giraffe, antelope, and many others

Impact

Conservation education
Wildlife conservation including rhino

Country

  South Africa

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Highlights

Learn authentic ranger skills

During your expedition you’ll learn to track, monitor and identify many different animal and plant species. You’ll even find out how ecologists can quickly tell the difference between females and males.

Earn a genuine qualification – optional

At the end of your Wildlife Ranger Experience, you can choose to take a test on your newly acquired understanding of Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems. On passing the test, you’ll be awarded an NFQ2 (National Field Guide Qualification) which is moderated and recognised by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Explore Kruger National Park

Covering nearly five million acres (two million hectares), Kruger National Park in South Africa is home to all of Africa’s ‘Big 5’ species, making it one of the continent’s best places for wildlife watching. Base camp for this experience is in a private concession within Kruger and you will also spend a night camping in the public area of the National Park, giving you a deeper insight into this iconic wildlife hotspot.

Many adventures in one

As well as exploring the wilderness of Kruger National Park, you’ll visit an animal rehabilitation centre, and take part in an introductory reptile course which will give you an insight into these fascinating creatures and may even help you overcome your fear of snakes.

Evenings around the campfire

You’ll spend most of your evenings learning to cook on coals under the African night sky, listening to the sounds of nature and sharing stories from the day with your fellow travellers and conservation experts.

The ideal introduction to conservation

If you’re passionate about saving Africa’s wildlife, this experience is the perfect place to start. You’ll get to see for yourself how conservation works, engage with professionals and make a real difference.

DO

During your two-week Wildlife Ranger Experience, you’ll get involved in the following activities:

  • Track wildlife by identifying and interpreting their tracks, signs and spoor
  • Monitor the movements of wildlife, including all the ‘Big 5’ species and many more
  • Set up remote camera traps to monitor elusive species 24/7
  • Identify individual rhino by their ear-notching patterns
  • Visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre that offers long-term care for resident species
  • Take a reptile course that will transform the way you view these incredible animals

LEARN

With an experienced wildlife ranger as your tutor, you’ll pick up some important bush skills and get your head around the challenges of animal conservation in Africa.

You’ll learn about:

  • The preferred habitats, behaviour and social structures of elephants, lions, giraffe and many other animals large and small
  • How to track animals by identifying their tracks, also known as spoor, and signs of their presence
  • How to identify different tree and plant species as well as their medicinal and practical uses
  • How to identify some lesser-known species, including the differences between males and females
  • How to build a campfire and other bushcraft skills
  • The hunting, mating and territorial behaviour of predators
  • The wildlife poaching crisis, which affects rhino and elephants in particular, and the methods used to protect animals in the field
  • Other threats to wildlife such as hunting, poisoning and habitat fragmentation
  • How to use a spotlight during a night drive to minimise the impact on animals
  • How to approach dangerous animals safely and with minimal impact
  • An introduction to astronomy
COSTS

Please note, the cost calculator shows the cost per person for our fixed-date experiences. If you wish to book this experience as a group of four or more on your choice of dates, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Our costs include:

Accommodation

Airport Meet & Greet

Transfers

24/7 Support

Personal Guidance

Meals

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TOTAL COST: £0000

Dates

13 – 27 August 2019

24 – 29 October 2019

Payment

Costs are subject to change but will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.

Amanda Barbosa

I highly recommend the Shimongwe Wildlife Veterinary Experience to anyone considering applying. You will not only gain useful veterinary knowledge and skills, you will also create amazing and unique memories in an astonishingly beautiful country.

Amy Doveston

Chipangali is an amazing family run organisation, run by Kevin & Nicky and their children and I am now best friends with the family. The centre has a great family feel and you quickly bond with all of the other volunteers and I still keep in touch with many of the other volunteers.

The work the vets do to spread the message about conservation and the multiple chances they gave me to interact with wildlife, is beyond incredible and just being able to watch them, let alone get involved, is an absolute privilege.

Charlotte Failes

On my first day at Moholoholo I was involved in a rhino walk, which is as incredible as it sounds. We chaperoned a young rhino on a walk through the bush, providing him with exercise, mental stimulation and a bit of fun. This is just one of many unbelievable things that I was able to take part in.

Chiara Ruggieri Mitchell

I spent two weeks at Mangetti and two at Phinda and it was such an amazing experience! Both taught me so much, including how to use telemetry gear to track animals such as lions and elephants.

Connor McLeod

The ACE team and the Phinda locals have provided me with memories that will last a lifetime and an endless amount of stories that I will forever treasure.

I have travelled with ACE 4 times now and each time it just gets better and better. The hands-on experience on the Shimongwe veterinary project is unparalleled and I am already planning my next trip.

Daniel Thomas

I could talk for hours and hours about the many adventures I was lucky enough to undertake during my placements with ACE, I still haven’t finished telling my friends and family everything! The amazing sense of accomplishment and pride I feel whenever I look back at what I’ve learnt and been privileged to be a part of is unfathomable.

For me, it was the ‘team effort’ that really cemented the experience and made it so much more than a just a safari. I felt, I was contributing in some small way, to the work that is being done at Phinda; I had a sense of ‘belonging’, even if it was for only 3 weeks.

What Makes Us Different?

Southern Africa's original conservation travel company

We are qualified zoologists and conservationists

Personal guidance before you book

Join real wildlife conservation projects

Enjoy total peace of mind, with 24/7 in-country support

Empower vital conservation initiatives

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