Learn to Be A Safari Guide in Kruger National Park

South Africa
Love wildlife? Always wanted to be a safari ranger? This adventure puts you in the heart of Kruger National Park, where you'll get up close and personal with the Big 5 whilst experiencing what life is like for Game Rangers. With your expert Game Ranger guides, you'll participate in game drives and walks, discovering what it's like to live life on the wild side.

Departure dates

From 15/03/2025 to 28/12/2025

What's included

Love wildlife? Always wanted to be a safari ranger? This adventure puts you in the heart of Kruger National Park, where you'll get up close and personal with the Big 5 whilst experiencing what life is like for Game Rangers.
With your expert Game Ranger guides, you'll participate in game drives and walks, discovering what it's like to live life on the wild side.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 Johannesburg Welcome to South Africa! An included transfer will take you to your hotel close to the airport. You have today to explore Johannesburg - head to the Apartheid museum for a dose of history, check out sprawling Soweto, or take the Gautrain to the shopping destinations of Rosebank or Sandton.
  • Day 2 Johannesburg to Kruger National Park Departing Johannesburg today, we'll drive to Pafuri Gate, the entrance to Kruger National Park. After meeting our guides and taking the safety briefing, we'll get acquainted with Makuleke Camp. After settling in, it's time for our first adventure, an unforgettable game drive and night drive, to get introduced to the reserve, its wildlife, and that sweeping night's sky.
  • Day 3 Kruger National Park Rise and shine! Today is all about Ecology & Conservation, so after a cooked breakfast we'll head out on a game drive or bush walk. Along the way our Game Ranger guide will teach us about the area's ecology and geology, as well as how the wildlife interact with the land. Back at camp we'll enjoy an interactive discussion by our instructor about the inter-relatedness of geology and soils, weather and atmosphere, food webs and energy flows, and habitats and conservation. Clued up on all things ecology, we'll then head out on another game drive, incorporating game viewing with an emphasis on ecology and the topics covered during the lecture.
  • Day 4 Kruger National Park Today's topic is tracking, an essential skill if you want to be a safari ranger! We'll take a morning bush walk and learn all about how to identify animal tracks. After living our best Aragorn lives, it's back to camp for our daily lesson, focussing on track identification and trailing skills. Then it's time to put it into practice, as we take a bush walk and try and trail some animals.
  • Day 5 Kruger National Park Good morning! Today's topic is bird identification and behaviour, so we'll take a morning walk and learn how to spot different types of birds using reference guides. Back at camp we'll enjoy another interactive discussion, this time on Kruger's magnificent birdlife. Then it's time for our game drive, as we try to spot hornbills, storks, kingfishers, starlings and more, learning about their behaviour and conservation status.
  • Day 6 Kruger National Park Another day, another fascinating topic - this time Navigation & Orientation. We'll take a trail from camp and learn how to use nature as a tool to navigate and orientate ourselves in the bush. Making our way to the midday picnic spot, we'll enjoy lunch in the bush, discussing everything we've learned, before heading back to camp. Here we'll take our interactive discussion around bush skills and navigation, including how to use landmarks, the sun, a compass and maps to make our way in the wild. Then it's time for another game drive, where we'll have the opportunity to take a walk and put everything we've learned into practice.
  • Day 7 Kruger National Park One more day of lessons, and today's topic is animal identification and behaviour. We'll take our customary morning bush walk, trailing from camp and learning about the behaviour of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and arthropods. Then we'll enjoy another interactive discussion on how to identify and study wildlife, before another afternoon game drive, with a focus on spotting Big Game animals.
  • Day 8 End Kruger National Park It's our final day! But don't feel blue: we've still got time for one more unforgettable game drive to end the trip on the high... Then it's back to Johannesburg where our adventure comes to an end. But having lived life on the wild side, it's hard not to start planning our next safari...Botswana, anyone? Dining Summary
  • 7 - Breakfast
  • 6 - Dinner
  • 5 - Lunch FAQs London: Our Detour trips are minibreaks packed full of unique, local-led experiences. They're perfect if you're looking for a short weekend trip or just wanna spend a little more time at your destination. London: You know we love social travel here. While most of our trips have large groups, the Detour trips are all about small group travel with 16 travellers (or even fewer on some itineraries!). You can check the trip page above for more details. London: In classic Contiki style, your accommodation and transport are included in the trip. Plus, we'll sort out some meals and activities that are outlined in the itinerary. That's not all, though. You'll also have an expert Local Host to give you an inside scoop at every destination. London: All you have to do is check whether you need a visa (and apply for one if you do!), book your insurance and arrange your transport to the start location of the trip. We'll handle the rest! London: Our Detour trips are short & sweet (and loaded with fun activities). That's why we don't offer pre or post trip accommodation. Kruger: Lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and buffaloes make up the Big 5 AKA the most prestigious animals to spot on safari. Kruger: Not much. There's some walking on this trip but it's suitable for those with basic fitness. Kruger: Nope, whether you're young or just young at heart - everyone is welcome on this trip. Kruger: This trip is your chance to make new friends from all around the world (even beyond Contiki!). You'll find a mix of people on this trip who may have booked through other operators. Don't worry, you'll still get the same awesome experience, we promise. Kruger: There won't be a specified Contiki Trip Manager on this trip. But don't worry. You'll have professionally trained safari guides with you the whole time. They're absolute experts in their field & are the perfect people to show you the Safari ropes. Plus, they're locals too! Kruger: Your Host will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible. Vegetarianism, lactose intolerance, and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however, some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. Please use My Contiki to notify us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. For those suffering from particular food allergies, your Host will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in the dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic. Host Head to Kruger National Park and discover what it takes to do this dream job! Included Experience Kruger National Park: During this trip, you'll take take 10 guided 'Game Drives' or walks throughout Kruger National Park on a quest to spot the 'Big Five' and more. #bucketlist Kruger National Park: Learn all about their experiences and daily activities in this tour, which is designed to mirror actual Safari Guides training. Kruger National Park: Keep watch for 'The Big Five' on a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park (Kruger National Park, South Africa)
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