Game Ranger Course
Our Game Ranger Training Facility, are dedicated to developing and supporting the guiding Industry with highly competent, professional and knowledgeable Nature guides.
The facility is situated in the Malaria free Eastern Cape, set amongst South Africa’s most interesting geological and paleontological history. The facility operate mainly on two reserves, Amakhala Game Reserve is a 7500 hectare reserve, which has an amazing variety of fauna and flora as well as being home to the big 5, cheetah and hyena’s and Ulovane Reserve which is a 350 hectare reserve with no dangerous animals bordering Amakhala. The Camp is located on the Ulovane Reserve and most practical experiences take part on Amakhala Game Reserve.
The Game Ranger Course team passionate conservationists and are dedicated to sharing this with all our learners, in hopes of making a difference on the planet. The project would like to make a difference by sharing with others about their Green lifestyle at the training facility. They are committed to providing Southern Africa lodges with highly educated and ethical guides and are dedicated to the development of all learners, their hands on approach ensures this.
The training facility is situated on the Ulovane Reserve which borders the Amakhala Game Reserve about 95 km outside Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It has been voted the World’s Leading Safari and Game Reserve and Conservation Company for many consecutive years
The training facility is ‘GREEN’ – Not only does the facility preach the concept of energy saving and zero emission, but they truly live it and make everyone aware that they have to change their lifestyle to save our beautiful planet.
There are 6 stone cottages on site, each sleeping between 2 and 3 people. Each cottage has an en suite shower, a desk, chair and cupboard. There are no plugs in the rooms, all charging and electrical appliances can be used in the lecture room. The rooms do have electricity, all electricity is solar operated. We have a large lecture room, with a library and plenty of space for learning. There is a lounge area with a pool table, for group discussions, relaxation and eating. The kitchen is fully stocked with all kitchen appliances and is a great social open plan area. We have a great barbecue area, where once a week we can get together and share in the week’s news and enjoy a roaring fire and the night skies.
Accommodation is a shared room, with an en suite bathroom with shower and hot and cold water. Bed linen, a towel, a cupboard, a desk and a chair will be provided for each of the two room mates.
There is a chef on site however you will be responsible to cook your meals on some weekends.
Transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport are not included but are arranged through Worldwide Experience.
There is excellent cell phone reception at the camp. Should you wish to have internet access, please arrange for your cell phone or laptop to have these options. There is internet access available at the office, for a short period in the evening, mainly for projects and research. Being in the bush please be aware that internet access is LIMITED.
The South African weather varies from one area to another, the Eastern Cape has a moderate climate all year round.
Summer months in South Africa: November – April (ticks are rife during the summer).
Winter months: May – October (morning and evenings are cold).
There are several adventure and leisure based activities in and around the Eastern Cape and bordering the training facility during your time off.
All fieldwork, text books, lectures and community visits
During The 10 Week Course The Following Activities Can Be Expected Game drives, bush walks, first aid training, team building exercises, sleeping out on Amakhala Game Reserve, night drives, field trip to Addo reptile centre and trips to Kenton on sea or Port Alfred. As well as Rhodes University in Grahamstowm – to the Albany museum, where you will be treated to lectures from some of SA’s top professors on palaeontology, fish and geology. These field trips are designed to broaden your understanding and general knowledge of the theoretical subjects which you will be dealing with during the week.
10 Week FGASA Level 1 Course This 10 week section of the course focuses on coaching and developing the learners with the necessary guiding skills to be competent to enter the guiding industry at an introductory level. Each week focuses on a specific set of outcomes and subjects which is evaluated at the end of each week.
In addition to the FGASA Level 1 curriculum Ulovane added the following subjects to enhance the guiding skills of our learners and to prepare them thoroughly for the eco tourism industry:
Vehicle skills and 4X4 Driving skills
First Aid Level 1
We added valuable practical field trips during the course to enhance the experience of each learner by expanding their horizons while visiting a diversity of environments and meeting additional specialists. In addition to Amakhala and Ulovane Reserves the learners will also experience Addo Elephant National Park and the Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change
Comprehensive Information Pack
Country & Area : Eastern Cape, South Africa
Nearest Airport : Port Elizabeth Airport
Transfer Time : ± 60 min
Duration : 10 weeks
Minimum Age : 18