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Conservation education



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 inside the Kruger National Park, with superb wildlife viewing opportunities. During an intensive two week game ranger experience, 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.

Things you’ll learn on our Game Ranger Experience:

  • Bushveld ecology
  • Mammal biology and identification
  • Animal behaviour
  • Bird identification
  • Tracking and spoor identification of game
  • Dangerous game and their behaviour
  • Snake and insect identification
  • Bushcraft & safety in the field
  • Astronomy & geology



For two weeks you’ll get to experience the world of a game ranger, learning to interpret your environment on guided game drives, bush walks and camping in the Kruger. this experience covers the theory and practical knowledge behind life as a Game Ranger and includes the following elements:

Bushveld ecology

  • Ecology is the branch of biology that studies the relations between organisms and their environment. As a game ranger it’s important that you have a good understanding of the role an animal plays within its ecosystem and how they are connected. For example, hyenas are very important to the health of the ecosystem. As scavengers, they clean up a huge amount of dead matter and as hunters they help maintain the genetic health of their prey groups.

Mammal biology and identification

  • Most lectures within the game ranger course will take place out in the fresh air where you will learn the biology and anatomy of African mammals and the skill of identifying wild species that you may encounter in the bush on game drives and walks.


  • Geology is the science that deals with the history of the Earth as recorded in rocks. South Africa has numerous famous geological features and this aspect of the course will give you a fascinating insight into how today’s landscapes were formed looking at the native rock, its composition, properties, history and processes of formation.

Animal behaviour

  • Why do animals demonstrate certain behaviours and what is the reason behind such traits? Are they inherited or acquired? Animal behaviour is the scientific study of everything animals do. It involves investigating the relationship of animals to their physical environment as well as to other organisms, it includes topics such as how animals find and defend resources, avoid predators, choose mates, reproduce and care for their young. There’s no better place for you to learn about this fascinating field than out in the field!

Bird identification

  • The Greater Kruger is one of the best areas for bird watching with over 500 bird species found in Kruger National Park alone. You will learn about different species and how to identify them based on physical characteristics and habitat preference.

Tracking and spoor identification of wildlife

  • A spoor is any sign of a creature such as tracks, trails and droppings used for animal tracking and to survey what types of animals live in an area. You’ll learn to identify a wide range of wildlife tracks as well as how to read the environment around the tracks for context.

Dangerous animals and their behaviour

  • Game drives will allow you to venture into the world of some potentially dangerous animals where you will learn which animals pose a threat, the warning signs to look out for and how to track them safely.

Snake and insect identification

  • It’s important to be aware of the different insects and snakes you may come across in the bush, those that are harmless or poisonous and how to identify different species. You will participate in a practical workshop at a specialist reptile centre.


  • Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects such as stars, planets, comets, nebulae and galaxies. A highlight of the Game Ranger Experience is a night spent sleeping out under the stars in the bush. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to get your bearings by reading the stars – with no artificial light to distract, the night skies in the bush are incredible!


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.

Prices And Dates

Game Ranger Experience Dates



14 – 28 March

15 – 29 August

10 – 24 October


12 – 26 June

13 – 27 November

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:

£2,180 / US$ 2,835 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.

Rhino Rating

What is a “Rhino Rating”?

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.

Why does this experience have a “3 rhino” rating?

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!

Game Ranger Experience Video

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