Africa by Land and Sea

Community Project - Our local school

Community Project – Our local school

A WILDLIFE AND MARINE PROGRAM

One of our new ventures gives  students, interns and volunteers, the opportunity to explore two different countries, South Africa and Mozambique. As well as two different environments, terrestrial  and marine wildlife.The program is run through the dive centre, and are partners Campfire Academy.The program is four weeks long, two weeks spent in south Africa and two weeks in Mozambique.The wildlife experience begins in South Africa,  at Campfire Academy in Balule Nature Reserve, witch is part of The Greater Kruger National Park. During your stay you will surrounded by the wild African bush and all it has to offer.Through game drives,bush walks,lectures, and nature excursions, you will learn and practice bush conservation and gain knowledge of Africa’s wildlife.The adventure continues in Mozambique, at Guinjata Dive centre, on the coast of the Indian ocean.Here you will have the opportunity to discover and learn about the marine ecosystem of the Indian ocean, in southern Africa.You will be able to get involved in are research and marine conservation programs (see on website), as well as participating in diving, snorkeling, ocean safaris, marine walks and more.Our aim is to open your eyes to look at the world and your natural environment in a new way.

Beautiful shells on the beach of Guinjata Bay

Beautiful shells on the beach of Guinjata Bay

Campfire Academy Curriculum

  • Definition, understanding and protecting global, macro, micro and microscopic eco systems.
  • Micro ecosystems: The termite mound, Elephant dung, a Fallen tree, a Carcass, etc.
  • Identification of Animals, tracks, droppings, birds, insects, snakes and other reptiles, trees, shrubs & grass species.
  • Habitat: definition, identification, threats and protection.
  • Animal behavior, speed and comfort zones: The dangerous nine.
  • Eating habits: various species.
  • Hunting versus Poaching
  • Game Farm Management
  • Integration of previously disadvantaged South Aficans into game farms and national parks.
  • Animal diseases.
  • Conservation management.
  • Educational bush walks, game drives and hikes.
  • Educational wildlife videos and documentaries.
  • Geology and basic study of the Lowveld region.
  • Raptors – The birds of prey.
  • Nature’s “Clean up Company”
  • Elephants: Family structure. Their impact on the environment.
  • Pollution of eco-resources: (water, soil, air) and sanitation.
  • 2. Necessary knowledge and competency in the bush:
  • Record keeping of sightings in Field Guides.
  • Navigation, day and night.
  • Survival – How to.
  • Astronomy – The southern Hemisphere.
  • Camouflage – Wild life and people.
  • Rifle handling and shooting.
  • First aid – snakes and insect bites and general first aid.
  • The art of game tracking: ground and aerial spoor.
  • Bush craft: weapons, snares, rope, fire, water, sundial and finding north.
  • 3. FGASA field guiding course
  • COURSE OUTLINE – LEVEL 1 MODULES:
  • Introduction to Guiding in the Natural Environment
  • Creating a Guided Nature Experience
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Weather and Climate
  • Basic Ecology
  • Basic Taxonomy
  • Introduction to the Biomes of Southern Africa
  • Botany and Grasses
  • Arthropods
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal Behavior
  • Conservation Management
  • Historical Human Habitation
  • The Art of Tracking
  • Duties of the Game Ranger on a Game farm
  • First Aid Level 1
  • 4×4 off-road training course
  • Reptile rangers course
  • Snake handling course
  • 4. Management:
  • Conservation and preservation.
  • A game farm or nature reserve: The planning, designing, building,
  • maintenance, management,marketing and budgeting for it.
  • The ranger. His function and responsibilities.
  • Fencing, patrolling and maintenance ~ consequent status of the land
  • Classification of South Africa’s animals and exotic species
  • Hunting, culling, problem animals and green hunting.
  • Poaching and anti poaching techniques
  • Erosion: causes, cures and prevention
  • Alien plant identification and control.
  • Foreign objects, dangers, prevention and removal
  • 24-hour waterhole monitoring and game assessment.
  • Breeding projects: which animals and why.
  • Animal Rehabilitation projects.
  • Animal diseases.
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