Game Ranger Experience

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Game Ranger Experience

from £2,050
Duration: 2 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Explore the wildlife and habitats of South Africa on an intense two week experience which takes you to some stunning locations.

Game Ranger Experience

The course is also a perfect way to start or end your ACE placement, or is ideal as an unusual two week break from the 9-5 routine. 

The course is based in a private concession area of the Kruger National Park. You will explore topics such as ecology, as animal identification, botany, animal behaviour and geology as well as rangering skills like handling firearms, dealing with dangerous game and tracking. The course includes a sleep out in the African bush, aims to give students as much field exposure as possible and teaches a holistic view of the wilderness.

The course finishes with a workshop in handling and identifying dangerous snakes and reptiles.

It is conducted by a fully qualified and registered Field Guide, with specialist knowledge and skills.

Subjects covered

  • Basic snake identification
  • Sleep-out in the bushveld
  • Interpreting wildlife sounds
  • Habits of animals
  • Bird, insect and tree identification
  • Mammal biology and identification
  • Bushveld ecology
  • Spoor identification of all game
  • Practical tracking down of wildlife
  • Dangerous game and their behaviour

Recognition: On completion of the course, students will be required to complete both a practical and theoretical examination. Students who pass will be awarded a certificate of success.

Acccomodation: The course uses several camps, from a comportable base camp with furnished walk-in tents outside Hoedspruit to a rustic tented bush camp in the Greater Kruger.

Our users say…

“I wanted to know more about the wildlife that lived in South Africa and its conservation. I learnt so much more than I thought I would in just two weeks. We did a lot of tracking of some of the 'BIG FIVE' by foot and vehicle. The highlight of the course for me was camping out overnight watching out for the animals that may pass us; it was so exciting.”

Donna Calvert, ACE Student

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Price details:

from £2,050

Duration Details:

This is a complete two week course, but if you want a longer trip you can combine it with another placement.


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This placement would suit:

Ideally suited to people wanting an introduction to conservation in Southern Africa and those wishing to pursue a conservation oriented career, as well as wishing to improve their personal knowledge of wildlife.

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About African Conservation Experience

Have you ever dreamed of tracking wild leopard and cheetah through the bush, or assisting a marine biologist in whale and dolphin research? 

Open your eyes to a whole new world and way of looking at the natural environment.  We support vital conservation projects in our heritage region of southern Africa and with over 10 years experience we are able to offer every volunteer the benefits of our personal knowledge.  

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Learning tracking

Learning tracking

Learning to identify tracks
Camp for sleeping out

Camp for sleeping out

Camping out in the field
Cheetah sighting

Cheetah sighting

Cheetah sighting in the Kruger
Reptile handling course

Reptile handling course

Taking part in a reptile handling workshop
Close elephant sighting

Close elephant sighting

Coming face to face with an elephant in the field
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