Scholars Programme at HESC

Scholars Programme



To equip scholars with the aptitude to conserve the wildlife of southern Africa; to build awareness of conservation on a broader global scale; and to facilitate the experience of the beauty and rich diversity of South Africa.


Five nights: A basic conservation programme followed by active participation in practical exercises and team building activities.


All have a contagious passion for conservation and are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and expertise about the African bushveld and its inhabitants. Scholars will work side-by-side with the centre’s full time personnel, assisting them with feeding and animal care.

Participant Requirements

  • Be eager to learn and to participate in HESC’s conservation work
  • Have a desire to make a difference while gaining invaluable experience and knowledge
  • Be prepared to work hard and be a team player
  • Be willing to get dirty and work hands-on with the animals in their habitat
  • Be prepared to have some fun.

Hands-on experience

  • Working with cheetahs, wild dogs, small spotted cats, African wildcats and many more species
  • Preparation of animal food and feeding the animals
  • Maintenance
  • Cleaning of enclosures.

Informal lectures

  • Conservation
  • Plants and ecology
  • Animal identification
  • Astronomy
  • Survival

Practical experience

  • Basic survival
  • Team building obstacle course

Accommodation & Facilities

  • Nungu Camp is situated within the Big 5 Kapama Private Game Reserve. Scholars are accommodated in thatched huts, each sleeping 2 people. Separate facilities are available for males and females.
  • Six rondavels, each with two beds, are available for a maximum of 10 learners and 2 teachers / facilitators.
  • Scholars will be split into two groups, each accompanied by a teacher. Each group will rotate activities.
  • School programmes are conducted between scheduled conservation programmes taking place at HESC.
  • Three meals per day are prepared in the camp – a valuable team building experience. There is a kitchen (equipped with fridges) as well as barbeque facilities.


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