RANGER TRAINING EXPERIENCE
Inclusive Land Package
Be a ranger for a week while experiencing the magic of wildest northern Kruger.This is a living and learning adventure combining the fascinating elements of nature, gaining knowledge on how animals live in the wild
and engage in some of the exploratory aspects of typical ranger training.
Ecology forms the beginning of this course and the basic principles of the earth's ecosystem which includes both the living and non-living parts of the environment. Once this concept of interrelatedness is grasped it is easy to see how a change in one part of an ecosystem might very well affect all the other species living in that ecosystem from plants and trees to
animals and birds.
Using this understanding the adventurous skills and activities begin. Find out what it takes to be a game ranger in Africa’s wild places by learning to navigate through and orientate yourself using nature’s markers and signs; detect what animals are in the area and use tracking skills to find them. Gain knowledge and skills to protect our wildlife and spend one magical night in the wild under African skies. Learn how to handle a rifle, practice target shooting and steer yourself and your “guests” in a rugged 4x4 vehicle, whilst learning off-road driving skills.
PRICE 21 850 ZAR
* BASED ON TWIN SHARE PER PERSON
* INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ADDITIONAL
* SOLOS WILL BE CREW ALLOCATED
* CUSTOMIZED ITINERARIES AVAILABLE
* STUDENT GROUPS WELCOME
* 30% SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FOR PRIVATE
2020 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
23 February - 29 February
19 April - 25 April
21 June - 27 June
23 August - 29 August
13 September - 19 September
18 October - 24 October
A typical day will include:
Drumbeats start the early morning with tea/coffee
A day-break drive or walk, focusing on the topic of the day
Return to camp for a hearty cooked breakfast
Debriefing on morning activities observations/ lessons
Midday lecture in the open-air bush classroom
Time to relax, study or get to know your fellow course participants
Mid-afternoon light lunch
Afternoon drive or walk, focusing on the day’s lecture theme ended with sundowners
Dinner and debriefing on the evening activities’ observations and lessons around the campfire
DAY 1: Arrival at Makuleke Camp (Lunch and dinner incl.)
14h00 – EcoTraining meet and greet at Pafuri Gate Game Drive to the EcoTraining Makuleke Camp, Lunch upon arrival. Safety briefing will be conducted, an orientation of camp as well as an introduction to the staff explanation of what the experience is all about. participants will be shown to their accommodation, followed by time to settle in. Afternoon activity which will either be in the form of game drive or bush walk.
DAY 2: Basic ecology and geology - theory and practical experience. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner incl.)
A morning activity which will either be in the form of game drive or bush walk. Focus on the basic ecology and geology of the surrounding areas. Interactive discussion by instructor based on basic ecology and geology - understanding the inter- relatedness and with a focus on the local area, including geology and soils, weather and atmosphere, food web and energy flow, habitat ecology and conservation. Afternoon activity which will either be in the form of game drive or bush walk. Incorporating general game viewing, with emphasis on the basic ecology and geology – topics covered during the noon discussion.
DAY 3: Animal, bird and tree identification and behavior - theory and practical experience (Breakfast, lunch and dinner incl.)
A morning activity which will either be in the form of a game drive or bush walk.
Trail from camp focusing on animal, bird and tree identification and behaviour.
Interactive discussion by instructor based on animal, bird and tree identification.
Game drive combined with a walk incorporating general game drive viewing, with emphasis on animal, bird and tree identification and behaviour and extra focus on big game animals.
DAY 4: Animal tracks and sleep-out/astronomy - theory and practical experience (Breakfast, lunch and dinner incl.)
A morning activity which will either be in the form of a game drive or bush walk.Trail from camp focusing on Animal Tracks and Tracking Interactive discussion by instructor based on Animal Tracks and Tracking.Discussion topics and practical experiments to include:Afternoon activity focusing on the elements discussed in the lecture which will either be in the form of game drive or bush walk culminating in a sleep-out incorporating bush survival skills of locating and sourcing water, preparing a fire and ensuring location is safe etc.Evening activities will include star gazing (astronomy) that will continue late into the evening to focus on the night sky including the Southern Cross, Milky Way and Common Constellations.Dinner around the camp-fire with storytelling.
DAY 5: Anti-poaching, rifle shooting and 4 x 4 driving - theory and practical experience (Breakfast, lunch and dinner incl.)
A morning walking activity back to camp focusing on Animal Tracks and Tracking as well as basic navigation and orientation and how to use nature as a tool to navigate and orientate yourself in the bush and make your way back to camp incorporating track identifications.Interactive discussion by instructor based on anti-poaching discussion topics and practical experiments to included Snare collection and Rifle shooting: develop and practice skills pertaining to rifle handling, in dangerous game country and to ensure safety when approaching dangerous game. It is conducted in a different, wilder area and therefore provides a more authentic rifle handling experience. Introduction to 4 x 4 driving Game drive where students will get a chance to partake in 4x4 driving, rifle shooting and snare collection.
DAY 6: Field observation challenge and awarding of certificates (Breakfast, lunch and dinner incl.)
Participants knowledge will be challenged and tested in a fun way award ceremony with spectacular bush dinner
DAY 7: All good things come to an end! (Breakfast incl.)
Short activity drive with hotbox for last coffee/tea as the sun rises and provide an opportunity for students to sit in silence and just “be in nature”. Return to camp for packing and departure @ 09:00am
All meals, tea/coffee and cordials
Guide Fees and training
All activities (Game Walks and Game Drives)
Kruger Park Once-off fee of around R93.00 (this is for 2019 im not sure what their 2020 rate will be) our clients don’t pay a daily Kruger Fee as we have our own concession.
Beverages (beers, ciders that we sell in camp)