See South Africa like you’ve never seen it before

Did you know that although South Africa only makes up one percent of Earth’s land surface, it’s home to almost ten percent of the world’s known bird, fish and plant species, and about six percent of its mammal and reptile species? (Source: National Geographic).

Come and explore this wonderful country with us!


  • 1st Term: 28 January – 29 March            (8 weeks)
  • 2nd Term: 15 April – 14 June                   (9 weeks)
  • 3rd Term: 22 July – 20 September           (9 weeks)
  • 4th Term: 1 October – 31 October           (4 weeks

Important dates

To follow soon.

The programmes

  1. Ocean Skills & Hiking

(February to March)

Learn about waves, tides, coastlines and the ecology of a healthy habitat. Ocean swimming, First Aid and Lifesaving form part of the training. We finish the term with a hike in the Knysna Forest, the biggest natural rainforest in Southern Africa.

  1. Hunting & Survivor

(April to early June)

Understand the variety of biomes of Southern Africa, as well as applying hunting as a skill and learning survival techniques. Tracking and guiding is also included in the training. We do all training against the backdrop of Search & Rescue principles. The optional final phase is to hunt your own buck, if you qualify to do so.

We travel the Western Cape, Cape Town and hike Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo, where you will also do community work at a World Heritage site.

  1. 4×4 Driving, Small Boat Handling, Community Service & Fishriver Canyon Hike

(July to August)

The basic small boat handling course will teach you more advanced ocean skills. You can do 4×4 training at an extra cost, visit the Transkei for a great outreach programme in rural cultural villages and end the term off with the world-famous hike in the Fishriver Canyon.

  1. SCUBA Diving, Mountain Biking & Rope Skills

(September to October)

In the last term, we are off towards the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean where you will complete your SCUBA Diving and Mountain Bike training. This will happen at Tsitsikamma, a World Heritage Site along our Southern Coastline.

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