Game Ranger Course

The Game Ranger Experience gives you an ideal introduction to the wildlife and habitats of South Africa. It is set in a magnificent game reserve in the Greater Kruger area, with superb wildlife viewing opportunities. During an intensive game ranger course, you’ll explore topics such as ecology, animal identification, wildlife behavior, tracking and botany alongside ranger skills such as bushcraft, safety in the bush and an element of astronomy.

Things you’ll learn on our Game Ranger courses:

  • Bushveld ecology
  • Mammal biology and identification
  • Animal behaviour
  • Bird identification
  • Tracking and spoor identification of game
  • Dangerous game and their behaviour
  • Snake and insect identification
  • Bushcraft & safety in the field
  • Astronomy & geology

Anti Poaching Course

GAPAfrica offers this professional unique adventure course in one of the most pristine nature reserves in the Karoo, South Africa. It’s not known to many that over a century ago, you would have found huge herds of antelope (in particular the famous trekbokke which were herds of migrating springbok in the hundreds of thousands), elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros traversing the great Karoo, followed by major predators and scavengers such as lion, cheetah, Cape leopard and brown hyena.

The anti poaching course teaches what it takes to work in the world of Anti-poaching in Africa. You will learn the basics in the art of man and animal tracking, the fundamentals of firearm handling, handgun and rifle shooting, hand to hand combat as well as bush survival.
This course is for everybody and for every level. A course can be adjusted to your liking. A 10 day option can be arranged for groups who wish to put their learning to the test and spend 2 nights and 2 days at the end of the course living and surviving on their own in the african bush.

*Firearms can be rented and ammunition can be provided if necessary.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean X-treme course

Cape Town has been a historical sailing centre since Bartholomeas Dias in 1486 sailed passed the Cape of good Hope. It is still well known in the yachting world as a critical turning point. It’s where the two Atlantic and Indian ocean come together that creates the perfect conditions to become a qualified RYA yachtmaster. This course learns you in 17 weeks to become a fully RYA qualified yacht master.

Part of the course includes an ocean crossing to either Mauritius or Saint Helena. Other elements which are handled in the course are; STCW basic training certificates and a 2 day exam on the RYA requirements. Someone who holds a Yachtmaster Ocean has the experience and competency to skipper a yacht on passages of any length in all parts of the world. So, once you have taken up this professional unique adventure course you are full geared up to work any where in the world.

Marine Wildlife Course

The marine life in the waters off South Africa’s shores is world-renowned for its complexity and diversity. If you’ve always been fascinated with marine wildlife and would like to assist in conserving and researching during your gap year in South Africa, you’ve come to the right place!

GAPAfrica shares your passion and need to look after marine wildlife, whether it be sharks, whales, penguins, various seabirds, dolphins or seals. This professional unique adventure course teaches you to look after threated marine wildlife species in the South African context.

Superyacht Chef Course

What better place to take this professional unique adventure course in Cape Town where it all started back in the day. GAPAfrica works with a Cooking School whom specialises in training galley chefs seeking an easy access point to start a life travelling the world on Superyachts or smaller vessels. Good galley cooks are in great demand in merchant ships and charter yachts, and they will expose you to some of the world’s more exciting and interesting cuisines, providing potential crew with a chance to expand their horizons and by becoming a genuine galley cook.

You’ll learn to plan and prepare meals from different cultures in a confined space, using minimal utensils and few key ingredients. It’s the ultimate learning experience which provides a unique travel passport for younger people. The course is a competency certificate course. The Superyacht Culinary Training Course is a 5-day training course which provides you with practical knowledge and know-how to start their culinary journey at sea, incorporating delicious and interesting recipes to build confidence in any galley.

Their training prepares you for most culinary eventualities at sea with emphasis on the modern Superyacht Industry and its typical demands in the varying roles. The course is structured into specific modules to provide yacht chefs with practical knowledge and experience, ranging from basic preparation skills to how to prepare and present a 3-course meal for guests on a sailing vessel.Also provided: Our highly regarded support structure including: Training Manual; Sample Menus, Recipes, Budgeting plus much more.

Long Range Shooting Course

This course is on special request only and certain background checks will have to be conducted beforehand. We offer a highly unique professional course; Long Range Shooting Course Level 1, which is conducted by a former special forces operator and military sniper who specializes in small team tactics. He rose through the ranks to become the OC of the premier urban commando. Over the past two decades, he has conducted various urban and rural operations in conflict zones throughout Africa, including Libya, Central African Republic and the DRC, where he participated in the 6th longest confirmed sniper shot in the world.

He is a specialist in his approach to irregular and unconventional special operations. He evolved his knowledge, skill and tactics through the many assignments, which led him to work with some of the worlds most elite military and police units. He was instrumental in the development of the spec force sniper curriculum, handbook, exercises and evaluations.
Learn the art of long distance shooting – this course will have you shooting accurately up to 600 meters. Learn about the adjustments necessary due to special shooting conditions ie wind, altitude, shooting upwards, downwards and over water.

Learn about maintenance of the correct equipment necessary. Learn about Field craft and stalking. Learn about the maintenance of a sniper data book. This course is conducted on a pristine private reserve situated in the Karoo. The Karoo is one of the most beautiful areas in Africa, well known for its plains, rivers, open spaces, sunsets and sunrises.

This course is for everybody and for every level. A course can be adjusted to your liking as a marksman, guide or security. On completing Level 1 a level 2 course can be arranged to further your skills. Here you will learn to shoot over 1 kilometer in distance.

Combat Training Survival Course

Combat, survival, training, wilderness and Africa. These elements combined will give you not only a unique life experience, but also a very valuable one. The harsh Karoo climate will teach you how to become the new Bear Grills.

This professional unique adventure course will teach you the latest combat techniques to defend against hand to hand, hand to knife, hand to gun and hand to stick attacks, the fundamentals of how a firearm works and how to safely handle and shoot a hand gun or semi-automatic rifle in a combat situation.

All instructors who take this course are fully qualified instructors whom have had in excess of 15 years experience in various martial arts, krav maga and CQC as well as operational experience in anti-poaching in various parts of Africa.

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104 Piazza Building (1st Floor),
32 Parliament Street, Cape Town 8000, South Africa