South African Wildlife Rangers Course

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High­lights

Gain FGASA Accreditation (one of the foremost authorities in wildlife reserve management) while working directly on the reserve as part of practical field work and firsthand experience!
Train under Professional Game Rangers on a reserve with experience, direct access to the latest technologies, learning materials, and (of course) large game animals!
Experience a true South African Wildlife Reserve with Safaris to see the Big 5 and multiple different species of animals, birds, and marine life!
Dive into both Lectures and Practical Experience with different learning settings-classroom situations with experienced teachers, group work, and breathtaking/educational excursions!
Chase Your Dreams of Being a Ranger in the best way possible: an expertly run training course that includes high quality accommodations and an entertaining and educational itinerary!
Become a fully accredited South African Game Reserve Ranger while working alongside some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Become a Certified Game Ranger and Experience the South African Wildlife firsthand!

This 55 Day Ranger Course Training Academy is the perfect blend of professional excellence and exotic wildlife experiences.

Just 85 kilometers from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the reserve has the two most important things to prospective rangers: FGASA Accreditation (One of the foremost authorities in wildlife reserve management) and the Big 5 (Lions, Leopards, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo).

Learn from Professional Game Rangers and stay on the reserve under the mentorship of an expert 15 years in his field.  The reserve staff designed the syllabus to be in FGASA regulations, which includes:

  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Cloud formations
  • Animal behavior
  • Guest interaction
  • History
  • Fauna and flora

The course layout includes a mix of both lecture and practical experience – both excursions to witness the wildlife and volunteer type activities to help the reserve continue its great work.

Excursions will include activities such as:

  • hiking,
  • whale watching,
  • bungee jumping,
  • water sport activities,
  • weekend excursions,
  • and much more.

Upon completion of the course and passing of the assessments, students will receive FGASA Qualification and be Certified Game Rangers!

Typical day

Week 1: Arrival, Orientation and Practical Exposure
  • Monday - Airport pickup from Port Elizabeth Airport (departs PE at 4pm).
  • Arrival Welcome and Orientation.
  • Game Drives, Course Outlines and Other Activities.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm.
2
Week 2: Class Room and Field-based Lectures
  • Class and field lectures start with the majority still practical experience.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm.
3
Week 3: Lectures and Field Study
  • Lectures continues with theory and practical experience split 50/50.
  • Includes some self-study of the modules so that the participants are prepared for the following lectures.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm.
4
Week 4: Lectures and Field Study
  • Lectures continues with theory and practical experience split 50/50.
  • Includes some self-study of the modules so that the participants are prepared for the following lectures.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm.
5
Week 5: Lectures and Field Study
  • Lectures continues with theory and practical experience split 50/50.
  • Includes some self-study of the modules so that the participants are prepared for the following lectures.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm.
6
Week 6: Lectures and Field Study
  • Lectures continues with theory and practical experience split 50/50.
  • Includes some self-study of the modules so that the participants are prepared for the following lectures.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm.
7
Week 7: Lectures and Field Study
  • Lectures continues with theory and practical experience split 50/50.
  • Includes some self-study of the modules so that the participants are prepared for the following lectures.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm.
8
Week 8: Assessments, Exams + Graduation!
  • Self-study time and Revision.
  • Final Assessments and exams.
  • Course Hours: 8am – 4pm
  • Graduation Day and Celebration Gathering!
  • Return transfers to Port Elizabeth Airport (Drop off on Sunday)

Free-time activities

  • hiking,
  • whale watching,
  • bungee jumping,
  • water sport activities,
  • weekend excursions,
  • and much more.
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills neccessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global EduTours

·         Pre-Departure Support

·         Meals (as detailed)

·         Site Entry Fees

·         Quality Accommodation

·         Professional Tour Guide

·         Airport Transfers

Airport Pickup at Port Elizabeth International Airport
Port Elizabeth Int. Airport (CODE:PLZ)
Accommodation
Guest Facilities on the Game Reserve
Dormitory (split by gender)
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
All meals and beverages onsite

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Tours start on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
8 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
$ 5,235
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,235
Average fees
$ 654 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global EduTours during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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South African Wildlife Rangers Course

Become a fully accredited South African Game Reserve Ranger while working alongside some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife!

$654/week

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