Aufnahme eines Wildhunds in KwaZulu-Natal, der auf dem Blaetterboden des suedafrikanischen Buschs liegt und entspannt

Your trip at a glance


  • 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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    • Assistance with booking flights
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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.

Zwei mit GPS-Halsbaendern ausgestattete Geparden auf einer Lichtung im suedafrikanischen Busch
Ein Teilnehmer unseres Trainingskurses zum Wildlifeschutz in Suedafrika installiert eine Kamerafalle im Reservat
Teilnehmer unseres Trainingsprogramms zum Wildlifeschutz in Suedafrika im Gelaendewagen in der Savanne
Artenschutz-Helfer durchstreifen in einem Gelaendewagen die suedafrikanische Savanne
Teilnehmer unseres Trainingsprogramms zum Schutz gefaehrdeter Arten in Suedafrika beim Monitoring von Wildhunden
Enthornte Nashoerner stehen auf einer Lichtung im suedafrikanischen Busch
Ein Gepard in Suedafrika wurde von einem Artenschuetzer betaeubt und wird nun fuer die Umsiedelung in ein anderes Gebiet vorbereitet
Ein Geier wird in Suedafrika von einem Arteschuetzer mit einem GPS-Sender ausgestattet
Teilnehmer unseres Trainingskurses zum Artenschutz in Suedafrika orten mithilfe von Telemetrie Wildtiere
Aufnahme des Basiscamps unseres Trainingsprogramms zum Wildtierschutz im suedafrikanischen KwaZulu-Natal
Aufnahme der Kursunterkunft unseres Trainingsprogramms zum Wildlifeschutz in Suedafrika
Buero im Basiscamp unseres Trainingskurses zum Wildlifeschutz im suedafrikanischen KwaZulu-Natal

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.

Aufnahme einer Loewenmutter mit ihren vier Jungtieren im Busch Suedafrikas

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.

Drei Teilnehmerinnen unseres Trainingskurses zum Wildlifeschutz in Suedafrika bei der Arbeit

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

Ein Loewe wurden im Rahmen unseres Artenschutzprogramms in Suedafrika fuer kurze Zeit betaeubt und medizinisch behandelt
  • 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

Aufnahme des Basiscamps unseres Trainingsprogramms zum Wildtierschutz im suedafrikanischen KwaZulu-Natal

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.

Teilnehmer unseres Artenschutz-Trainingskurses stehen in der Savanne KwaZulu-Natals und ueberblicken die Landschaft

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.

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    1. KwaZulu-Natal

    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.

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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.


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