Actively Working to Protect African Wildlife
Actively Working to Protect African Wildlife
Actively Working to Protect African Wildlife


Rangers Reserve Skills Developement Centre

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

We can't put into words how proud we are of all our brothers and sisters that have sweat blood and tears to make this dream happen. This centre will be dedicated to the protection of Africa's wildlife. Workshops in Anti-Poaching, youth leadership and local skills development will be run in this space. We thank The Poleyard (www.poleyard.co.za) for sponsorship. This will effectively train thousands over the years. The centre will be operational within two weeks & the entire team here at Rangers can't wait!

International School of Cape Town Year 11 Camp 2014

ISCT enjoyed a 3 Day Survival Course for their year 11 end of term leadership program. Working together as teams, the days saw a turnaround from the unexpected to the fully engaged forging new friendships and support systems.

The team's activities involved shelter building, a cave sleep out, the ancient art of animal tracking, archery and the mental agility of our bridge building exercise. A bridge design competition culminated in the winning team having their design constructed on the Ranger's Reserve.

Finished product to follow soon! Watch this space.


African Wildlife Protection Fund (AWPF) is committed to protecting the rich wildlife of the African continent through education, food security, skills development, leadership, global awareness and security. 

Our mission is progressive and balances the needs of community with an integrated approach to help those that safeguard and work with our wildlife. The well-being of people, environment and wildlife are inextricably linked. Our goal is to re-achieve the perfect balance. Within seven years we will have lost the rhino if poaching continues at its present rate. The problem does not stop at the rhino, also pangolin, elephant, leopard, lion and many other smaller and large species face extinction without proactive help where it is needed now.

Young people are our future leaders, and AWPF’s Leadership Academy will help ensure that these young ambassadors herald a new era to help to protect our rich and wonderful African wildlife.

The AWPF is actively involved with local communities to address food security, core skills development and sustainable conservation agriculture. Our agenda and role is to actively re-engage communities into protecting and conserving our wildlife and wilderness.

We are actively engaged in training and supervising anti-poaching teams within South Africa and have a strategic link with major game reserves. We aim to be a premier wildlife protection fund in Africa, with complete clarity of where the funds are distributed.

“It is not enough to understand the natural world, the point is, is to defend and preserve it.”

- Edward Abbey


Without achieving a balance of sustainable livelihoods in the communities that live within or alongside our nature conservancies and national parks, we will continue to see the decimation of wildlife. AWPF see core skills development, food security and Conservation Agriculture and as crucial elements to help stem the endemic destruction of wildlife that we presently find ourselves observing in Africa.

To readdress this natural balance, AWPF will be promoting, funding and running workshops where core skills development, food security, environmental, ecological sustainability will be combined for the creation of a working wage. In rural disadvantaged communities young people can be drawn into drugs and wildlife crime as a necessity to survive on a day to day basis. It is these areas that are our key focus.

We are actively working on workshops in the following areas:

  • Education of Schools
  • Training of Wildlife Protection Officers
  • Tracking and Ranger Skills
  • Game Reserve Management
  • Hospitality
  • Hydroponics
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Building Skills
  • Small-scale Organic Farming
  • Communication and Computer Skill Workshops.

Small organic farming can feed the world according to a recent UN report. With global water scarcity and food security expected to be the next challenges within Africa. The AWPF intends through its model of Conservation Agriculture to develop workshops throughout the African continent to create both sustainable livelihoods and food security with an emphasis on hydroponics, agriculture and small scale organic farming. This will be a shift from the monoculture-based high intensive industrial production that we see on the planet, to a mosaic of sustainable regenerative systems in turn giving local rural communities the chance not just to survive but to prosper.

“When we see land as community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect”

- Aldo Leopold


AWPF have a commitment and belief that the world's talented young people will be the custodians for the future protection of our wildlife. With our gap year and mini gap year experiences young adults are able to have an African experience of a lifetime in a safe environment. We will be working with local disadvantaged youngsters and communities helping teach skills in the African wilderness on Rangers Nature Reserve and other major Western and Eastern Cape game reserves.

Students will learn the skill sets of a true survivor and enter into a journey of self-discovery and discipline whilst learning to work highly effectively with themselves and their teams. Words that in this modern world are being forgotten like honour, courage, commitment, honesty and consciousness are our fundamental teaching principles.

What You Will Expect

  • A cultural life changing experience
  • Chance to work in a leadership role
  • Teamwork
  • Reaffirming life skills and values
  • Working with animals
  • Helping with day to day activities of a working nature reserve
  • Working in the African bush
  • South African sightseeing experiences
  • Self-reliance skills
  • Animal tracking
  • Survival / bushcraft skills


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

- John Quincey Adams


There is an epidemic of wildlife crime worldwide. Highly skilled Rangers are one of the best ways of combating these erroneous elements that threaten to destabilise societies and large geographical areas. Looking at the challenges of wildlife crime in Africa; we will lose animals such as the rhino, pangolin and elephant within just several years. The loss of these animal species will have a devastating effect on the wildlife job market and career paths as well as severely impacting the tourism industry of Africa and ultimately we will have lost something precious and humanity will have failed in its responsibility to steward Africa’s wildlife.

Our wildlife protection initiative has taken the approach that our Rangers should not only be skilled in the protection elements of security but also highly skilled educators and ambassadors. We look at the buffer zones of security extending far beyond the fenced boundaries of our national and private reserves. Our Rangers will be working along-side our Sustainable Livelihoods Projects teaching core-skills and educating the surrounding communities on the importance and value of wildlife, not only to the reserves but for the long-term sustenance of the community itself.

There is a huge need to train and field large amounts of skilled officers and rangers and the work of these Rangers is always physically and mentally demanding and dangerous at both an individual and unit level. They are under-funded with a lack of equipment, training and are often over stressed with managing large geographical areas in small numbers. We have a commitment to train and field hundreds of Rangers and Anti-Poaching Officers through our “boots-on-the-ground” approach which is badly needed in the front-line working against wildlife crime.

“When we protect wildlife and wilderness we are protecting the future of mankind.”

- Hilarie Hindmarsh


Without doubt both habitat and wildlife are under threat in Africa. The AWPF will fund projects that work towards wildlife and community synergy. The sad fact that wildlife and wilderness can be seen as only a resource to be exploited needs to be re-addressed. We have a duty to protect and preserve the richness and biodiversity of Africa. By engaging other strategic partners and NGO’s we have a mission to re-examine our link of nature in working towards the creation of sustainable nature reserves run by local communities. These will work within the new guidelines for responsible eco-tourism.

By designing integrated mechanisms working with local communities to safe guard and sustain our wilderness and wildlife we are able to look towards a brighter future. Protected areas cover more than 10% of the earth’s land surface and often at the cost of cultural heritage and livelihoods. AWPF seeks to fulfil a fully integrated framework for future projects.

“Our task is to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

- Albert Einstein


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“At the end of the day the only questions I ask myself are… Did I love enough? Did I laugh enough? Did I make a difference?”

- Unkown

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  1. Leave Cape Town on N1 direction Paarl.
  2. Continue on the N1 reaching the toll (30 Rand for standard car/mini buses or 84 Rand for 2 axle vehicles seating 16 or over) for the Huguenot Tunnel.
  3. Continue on the N1 past Worcester and De Doorns.
  4. On reaching Touwsrivier you will see a BP Garage on your left.
  5. 0.5 Km past the BP Garage you will see on our left a sign for Rangers Reserve. Turn left here.
  6. Drive on the dirt road for 8.0 Km – take care for mud (if wet), free-roaming cattle, dips and pot holes. You will go over 2 cattle grids.
  7. Shortly after the 2nd cattle grid you will reach the Rangers Reserve gate on your left hand side.
  8. Once you have entered the reserve turn right and follow the signs and road for 3 Km to the main house and reception.

Please be aware in some areas of the journey of rapidly changing speed limits.

Contact Details

Email: info@rangerssurvivalcraft.com
Tel : +27 (0) 23 004 0074


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