Wildlife Management Course

Ecotourism has now become the fastest growing industry in South Africa, overshadowing the country’s biggest source of income; gold. Wildlife managers actively apply conservation principles and strive to be environmentally friendly as well as economically and ecologically sustainable. Conserving our natural heritage is becoming increasingly important and more emphasis is being placed on one’s personal and professional life.

Wildlife Management at the Koffylaagte Game Reserve offers a life-changing experience. Students learn about conservation and the natural environment and how to apply basic conservation principles to wildlife management operations, as well as their personal choice of study.  This program also develops interpersonal skills, where students in different lines of study are forced to work together in a secluded environment.

Project Details

Experience Conservation Management at a Game Reserve in South Africa. Students will be exposed to different aspects of the industry and gain vital knowledge on the wildlife industry in South Africa both practically and theoretically.

Koffylaagte Nature Reserve is a private game reserve situated just 130km from Port Elizabeth which focuses on nature and wildlife conservation as well as breeding projects for endangered species.

Koffylaagte Nature Reserve has received Lilizela Hospitality Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with 2014 being the most successful where the Lodge was awarded, in the Eastern Cape Provincial Category; Best Four Star Lodge, Best Cultural Experience, Best Value for Money and Best Wildlife Encounters.

Koffylaagte now is home to Stenden University for their wildlife studies and serves as their campus for the university students whom take wildlife as a minor in their hospitality majors.

Student group will stay in Safari Tents, please see images as an example. Each cabin sleeps 3 students, and each cabin has its own en-suite bathroom, shared by the 3 students staying in that cabin.

The communal area also has a dining area, lounge, toilets and swimming pool

Three meals per day are provided which is prepared by the lodge staff, juices will be available during meal times.

These meals are South African inspired and includes some cook outs in the bush.

Transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport are not included but are arranged through Worldwide Experience. 

There is limited mobile reception at the lodge but the landline can be used in case of emergencies. Wi-Fi is available at the lodge.

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).

If you choose to travel before or after your course, there are several adventure and leisure based activities in and around the Eastern Cape. These include seasonal whale watching in Algoa Bay, surfing in the world renowned J-Bay’s, to adventure activities up the Garden Route and exploring the forests and coastline of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

On-site literature and information on leisure and adventure activities and operators is readily available and our team is on hand for local advice and support.

Meals

Accommodation

All on-reserve activities

Educational Methods:

Problem Based Learning (8 problems)

Excursions (in which educational content will be tested)

Lectures (e.g conservation, bush encroachment, erosion, animal behaviour)

Workshops ( Mammals, Botany, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, Anthropods and Freshwater Fish)

Practicals (Bush Walk, Game Drive, Fishing, Addo Elephant Park, Cheetah Breeding Project, Reptile Centre, Rifle Training, Surivival and more)

Objectives

Develop a new understanding about the natural environment

Follow conservation principles

Setting up and management of any type of game reserve or conservation area

Writing professional and implementable management plans

Develop social skills by living and working together with other students in a secluded environment

Gaining practical competencies by handling different types of equipment and animals

Assessment Activities:

You can earn 15 EC’s for this module. During the module you will be assessed by means of individual participation, reports for workshops and practicals. Furthermore, there will be a mid-module test consisting of short questions and in the end of the module you will be assessed with a module test (open questions) and a module assignment. The module assignment consists of two parts, a presentation and written management plan which can be done in pairs.

Comprehensive Information Pack

 

Quick Overview

Country & Area  : Eastern Cape, South Africa

Nearest Airport  : Port Elizabeth Airport

Transfer Time     : ± 1 hr 20 min

Duration              :

Minimum Age     : 18