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All species, plus plants & rocks - The whole African ecosystem!
The Game Ranger Experience gives you an ideal introduction to the wildlife and habitats of South Africa. It is set in a magnificent game reserve in the Greater Kruger area, with superb wildlife viewing opportunities. During an intensive two week game ranger course, you’ll explore topics such as ecology, animal identification, wildlife behaviour, tracking and botany alongside ranger skills such as bushcraft, safety in the bush and an element of astronomy.
For two weeks as part of the game ranger course, you’ll get to experience the world of a game ranger, learning to interpret your environment on guided game drives, bush walks and a sleep out. this experience covers the theory and practical knowledge behind life as a Game Ranger and includes the following elements:
Mammal biology and identification
Tracking and spoor identification of wildlife
Dangerous animals and their behaviour
Snake and insect identification
On completion of the course an optional theoretical and practical examination can be taken. You will be awarded with a certificate of achievement. This is not a professional qualification.
14 – 28 March
15 – 29 August
10 – 24 October
These dates are the start / end dates in Johannesburg. If you are taking the flights from London, you will depart London one day before and arrive back on the day after the expedition ends.
Programme fees 2016:
£2,180 / US$ 2,790 excluding flights
£3,060 including return flights from London
Prices include accommodation, meals, transfers from Johannesburg airport, 24/7 support and financial contributions to the reserve. Prices are subject to change but will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.
We also accept payment in EUR, CAD, AUD and ZAR. Please ask us for a quote, subject to exchange rates at the time.
You are welcome to join the Game Ranger Experience in combination with another project during your stay. These placements are more complicated as they include travel arrangements between the projects, so please ask us for a quote for your desired project combination.
The “Rhino Rating” is our way of ranking a project in terms of how challenging it is – both physically and in terms of culture shock, comfort levels and skills required. Please refer to the “Rhino Ratings Explained” section for the general criteria for each rhino rating. The paragraph below explains the method behind our madness in choosing the rhino rating for this particular project.
The Game Ranger Experience is generally suitable to people of average levels of fitness and physical ability. The programme does include bush walks, which generally last 2-3 hours. The pace is slow, as you’ll stop to interpret your environment, but the terrain can be uneven and, depending on season, temperatures can be warm to hot. You will move between different camps, some of which will have basic facilities (stretcher beds in tents and limited access to electricity). While individual activities are not too challenging physically the overall experience consists of a very comprehensive programme with busy days – Your mind will get at least as much exercise as your body!
WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY
The Game Ranger course was brilliant! I now know lots about all the main African animals and the smaller ones, the trees and their uses, insects, reptiles and birds.
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.
I wanted to learn about the entire ecosystem of animals, plants, habitats, seasonal changes and information on conservation ... I got all of that and it was amazing!
Carolyn Smith, USA
The highlight of the course for me was camping out overnight watching out for the animals that may pass us, it was so exciting. I am so glad I went on the course.
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