10 Day Anti-Poaching and Bush Survival Course in South Africa

10 Day Anti-Poaching and Bush Survival Course in South Africa

10 Day Anti-Poaching and Bush Survival Course in South Africa

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Trueways 10 Day Anti Poaching and Bush Survival Course in South Africa

Open to All aged 18 and over - No Previous experience required.

Location -
 Kruger National Park/ KwaZulu Natal / Waterberg and SA-Botswana Border are all current areas of operation
these are game rich provinces.



Make a Real Contribution to The Protection of Some of The World’s Most Magnificent Animals in The Wondrous Heart of the African Bush
Learn all the basics and then take part in real life anti-poaching operations.
Ideally suited to those with a sense of responsibility and a craving for adventure, these serious courses are based in the game rich Limpopo Province where over the last year poaching has increased considerably, especially on rhino.

By participating you will be directly contributing to African wildlife conservation. As well as learning about all aspects of poaching from the bush meat trade to the ivory trade, you will engage in active measures to prevent the poachers from killing and mutilating the wildlife.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the African bush and its wild inhabitants whilst being involved in genuinely useful and important work to conserve and protect some of its most beautiful animals.

Learn all the basics and then take part in real life anti-poaching operations.

Day 1
Arrive OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport
Meet and Greet, transfer (one hour) to Game Lodge
Afternoon: Orientation and welcome BBQ

Day 2
Depart after breakfast to Limopo province Waterberg region.
Evening: Game Drive

Day 3 to day 8
You will be staying in the bush in accommodation which is rustic and tented allowing the free movement of animals such as, Rhino, Buffalo, Hyena, Leopard who roam freely through the camp.
The course will include:

•    Big game tracking skills including Rhinos.
•    Big Game identification and behaviour studies
•    Reptiles/ Identification, location and behaviour studies
•    Survival Bushcraft and Camp-Craft
•    Tracking and Spoor Identification
•    Animal Identification and Behaviour
•    Understanding the Poachers and the Poaching “industry”
•    Anti-Poaching Measures and  Patrol Procedures
•    Radio Communications Procedures
•    The Art of Camouflage and Surveillance
•    Basic and Advanced Weapons Handling
•    Ambush Planning and Procedures
•    Snare Identification and Removal Handling assault rifles and handguns
•    Nocturnally monitoring the movement of endangered species including night games drives in search of leopards and other nocturnal animals 
•    You will also have night’s deployment with an active anti-poaching team.

Day 9
Return to Game Lodge for Lion/Elephant encounter.
At the end of the course there will be a certificate presentation followed by a farewell party.
Your certificate will be recognised by the S.A Police and the international anti-poaching foundation.

Day 10
After a hearty breakfast you will visit a local African Craft Market and the opportunity to experience the local cuisine.
Depart for Airport The course is fully inclusive including all transfers, food, accommodation, tuition, training, equipment and entry fees. (Not included are flights and items of a personal nature)
This course in conducted in a non-malaria area  

Bush Survival

Subjects and activities covered include:

  • Bush Survival
  • Orientation
  • Navigation
  • Water Purification
  • Tracking ,Mammals , Birds , Reptiles.
  • Animal Anatomy
  • Ethology
  • Ecology
  • Snake Bite Treatment
  • Plant Medicinal Uses
  • Edible foods
  • Toxic Foods
  • Bush Skills
  • Bush Cuisine
  • Advanced Firearm and Safety

This is very hands on, however you will not be asked to do anything that you're not comfortable with. 

Due to the nature of this expedition course content is subject to the environment at the time but we will ensure you have a great time and experience wildlife very few are lucky enough to see.

Equipment List

Attendee's will require the following kit

  • Neutral coloured clothing
  • Walking boots
  • Warm fleece
  • Sun hat and Sun Screen
  • Sandals
  • Good torch
  • Fixed blade knife
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Day pack

Please feel free to call 0800 043 0832 for advice on kit for this course.

About Les Brett - Your Lead Instructor

Les has 30 years experience in Africa working in countries such as Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  International, private and public sector organizations often seek his council and guidance when travelling and taking part in expeditions in Africa.  Les has gained his special qualification, experience and training from being a former member of SA Special Forces and Police Service.  Les has trained HM army forces, HM customs and excise, US Special Forces.
You are in good hands.

What's Included And What's Not

  • Collection from the Airport and transferred to the course location.
  • All Accommodation during the course in very comfortable rustic Bush Camp. All camps are on location in the bush.
  • All Meals - All meals during the course will be provided
  • Instruction -  All Anti-Poaching and Survival courses are conducted by former SA Special Forces experts.
  • Certification - All Course are certificated by the TWPA/ Threatened Wildlife Protection Academy.
  • Insurance - You will need to provide your own travel insurance, we can advise you on this if required.
  • Visa - Full UK passport holders do not require a Visa to enter South Africa however your passport must be valid for six months beyond your entry date.
  • Non UK Residents are welcome on this course, please check your visa requirements, all payments must be made in GBP, and must have a good level of English.

Course attendees will need to meet at O.R Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) on day one of the course for transport to the base location, we always advise arriving the day before and stay local to the airport to ensure to make it in time and are rested.

Why Choose Trueways?

There are many people on the internet offering Survival and Bushcraft courses, so before you part with your money for a course that may be 6 months or more away, make sure you are confident the course will actually go ahead.

We have been providing courses since 2005
We are a Limited company registered with companies house
We have a direct office phone number you can call if something goes wrong (beware of companies with only mobile numbers or no number).
We have full £10m customer liability insurance
Check the course start times - We don't start courses at 5pm and call that a day
All our sites are risk assessed yearly.
We have a selection of instructors all with a wealth of experience.

Providing our courses is not just a hobby for Trueways, it's a passion and our business.

All our courses offer survival and outdoor preparation courses to suit any taste or any level of experience. They are designed to take the beginner from those very first steps all the way to training in our Global Environments Training packages. Trueways is the only Survival School in the UK with the expertise capable of and offering training anywhere in the world using only their own staff. Let our experience provide you with Real Skills for Real Situations.

Our courses are based upon the tried and tested methodology of Trueways most senior team member – none other than bestselling SAS Survival Expert John “Lofty” Wiseman, so everything that is taught, demonstrated and explained has the highest level of authority. Lofty Wiseman's is one of the world's foremost experts on survival. His teachings, including multi-million best selling book, 'The SAS Survival Guide' is used the world over as reference by everyday people and experts alike and can be found in 18 languages.

Skills For Life

Our courses are based on a tried and tested methodology which has been refined over many years of real life, hands-on practical experience. Developing and applying skills where necessary through in-situ supervised practice and understanding the basic principles will ensure you are equipped for life, whatever you have in your pack.

What To Expect When You Book.

Once we receive your booking and payment, you will then receive a full information pack containing a comprehensive equipment list, specific details of the course location, links to and contact details for travel organisations which we believe can provide the most competitive pricing for flights, and last but not least contact details of our instructor based in Africa who can answer any questions relating to the course which you may have.

Safety First

In accordance with UK Health and Safety Executive guidelines for Survival Courses in Africa, a full risk assessment has been carried out for this course detailing emergency evacuation procedures and procedures for dealing with any nature of emergency, including liaison with local medical facilities. Instructors will carry communications equipment and are all current first aid trained with years of experience.


For more information please call 0800 043 0832

Some pictures from our last trip out to South Africa




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