Field Course South Africa: Wildlife Conservation Training Course
This exceptional four-week conservation training course gives you the chance to broaden your knowledge about the most recent in-field conservation techniques and practices while contributing to important wildlife conservation work amidst South Africa’s incredible wilderness.
Together with experienced supervisors and an international team you will roam the famous Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and experience a combination of valuable hands-on training and essential theory units regarding wildlife conservation and habitat management. At the end of your stay you will be equipped with new skills and know-how covering subjects like wildlife monitoring, camera trapping, tracking, game capture and relocation as well as conservation management.
No matter if you are a wildlife enthusiast looking for an educational adventure or considering a professional career in the conservation sector – this comprehensive training programme will be a life-enhancing learning experience exposing you to the various facets of African wildlife conservation and game reserve management.
- Immerse yourself into South Africa’s stunning wilderness
- Get to know Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park – a world-famous Big Five reserve
- Learn what it takes to be a field conservationist
- Enjoy theoretical as well as hands-on training units
- Contribute to important wildlife conservation measures
- Observe African wildlife in its natural habitat
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Note: The price stated above is an approximate value. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the South African Rand, the final price for this trip will be calculated at the time of enquiry based on the latest exchange rate.
Wildlife Conservation Training Course in Africa
Join this 28-day conservation training programme, broaden your practical and theoretical knowledge about endangered wildlife conservation and experience South Africa’s breathtaking wilderness from up close.
Arrival and orientation in South Africa
You need to book a flight to Richards Bay (via Johannesburg Airport) which arrives on the day the training course starts. A staff member will pick you up at the airport and take you to your base camp in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Here you can settle in, get to know your team and learn more about the programme and important safety rules before starting the actual course work.
Activities as a training course participant
During the course you will enjoy a unique bush-learning experience while being involved in day-to-day tasks and operations as well as monitoring and research projects in a Big Five game reserve. Throughout the training – a mixture of practical and theoretical learning units – you will deal with the following subjects:
Wildlife monitoring: Monitoring techniques, technology, equipment and ethics, data collection and management, ethological aspects, specific species: African wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, leopards, vultures, elephants
Camera trapping: From setup preparation to trapping work “in the field” to identification and analysis
Tracking and spoor: Identifying, observing and interpreting
Conservation and habitat management: Vegetation and game count surveys, animal population control, different management methods and tools
Animal capture and relocation: Necessity, methods, boma management
Wildlife crime: Wildlife trafficking, community conflicts, role of ecotourism, anti-poaching measures
Community conservation: Environmental education, human-wildlife-conflict / co-existence monitoring
Accommodation in South Africa
During your 28-day training course you and the other students will live in a research camp in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, located on top of a hill in a coastal scarp forest. Here you will share a twin room with another course participant and use shared bathroom facilities. Rooms are equipped with a desk and a cupboard. Further camp facilities include a communal kitchen and a barbecue area. The camp is situated within walking distance to a larger public camp which has a restaurant, a small shop and a swimming pool. As a course participant you will be provided with daily meals which you need to help prepare. Mobile reception at camp can often be limited.
Leisure time during the training course
In general, you will have free time around lunch and in the evening after course work is finished. Read a book, relax together with the other participants or play card/board games. You can also walk over to the public tourist camp and enjoy amenities like the swimming pool or the restaurant (meals, drinks, souvenirs etc. at own cost). You may have single days off in-between – we cannot guarantee this, though.
Arrival in Richards Bay and first days in camp
Typical day during the training course
End of course and departure
“I really loved being in nature/in the bush each day and being able to enjoy so many unforgettable animal sightings – and, of course, meeting so many nice people and learning a lot of new things.”
“Among all these animals you get to see, the landscapes and sunrises in the park are simply stunning.”
Student Louis decided to spend his Gap Year with Natucate – one of his stops was our species conservation project in South Africa that he actively supported as a volunteer. Here you can find some of his impressions:
“All in all I had two amazing weeks, during which I learned a lot about South Africa’s beautiful nature and an ecosystem which was totally unknown to me before.”
KwaZulu-Natal is a province in the northeast of South Africa. From the megacity of Durban, situated on the Indian Ocean, to the picturesque Drakensberg Mountains – KwaZulu-Natal is home to many of South Africa's most fascinating sights. Last but not least, there are countless national parks and protected areas in KwaZulu-Natal, all of which are characterized by a diverse flora, a species-rich fauna and varied landscapes.
During your stay in KwaZulu-Natal, you will get a fascinating insight to the wilderness and wildlife of beautiful South Africa.
Background of the Conservation Training Course
This 28-day conservation training course provides passionate nature lovers and those who consider a career in the conservation sector with the chance to acquire hands-on skills as well as a theoretical understanding of what it takes to work as a field conservationist. From practical game monitoring to data collection and research to wildlife management and ecological principles – the course does not only give you the chance to broaden your nature and wildlife knowledge, but also to make a valuable contribution to essential conservation measures in the area. World-famous Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park forms the backdrop for your educational wilderness adventure – the park is the oldest proclaimed protected area in Africa and one of the most important places concerning White Rhino protection and conservation.
As a conservation volunteer in South Africa you help protect the country's unique flora and wildlife
Become active in preserving endangered wildlife and unique ecosystems as a volunteer in South Africa