Bhejane Nature Training is based in the Zululand/ Maputaland region of northern KwaZulu Natal, an area that is recognized as a global biodiversity hot-spot. It also contains the oldest conservation areas in the whole of Africa. The College base camp is in False Bay, bordering the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. Student accommodation here is in thatched huts or Safari tents.
The camp is surrounded by conservation areas such as the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, Mkuze Game Reserve, the Zululand Rhino Reserve, Phinda and the greater St. Lucia iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, Mkuze Game Reserve, Tembe Elephant Park and Ndumo Game Reserve.
The reserves of Northern Zululand and Maputaland have often been described as simply the most breathtaking and spectacular in the whole of Southern Africa. The area boasts a biodiversity that is unrivalled by any other Southern African Parks. The first national park ever proclaimed in South Africa, The Pongola Game Reserve, together with the surrounding parks and reserves of St. Lucia and Hluhluwe, make these the oldest protected areas in Africa – a truly unique wilderness area.
Known for its impressive lakes and wetland systems, the area is also characterised by unspoilt marine reserves, and a range of habitats that includes mountains, grasslands, forests (more than 80% of SA’s remaining forests are found here), savannah, estuaries and mangroves. The Sand Forests, Fever Tree Forests, and Fig Forest in Mkuze Game Reserve is guaranteed to add some magic to your training experience!
The Bhejane Camp is located on the False Bay Border of the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, and within less than an hour’s drive from all of the major reserves in the area.
While most theory training is conducted at the False Bay Base Camp, students get the opportunity to experience most of the parks listed below during practical training camps. Below are some of Bhejane’s practical training venues.
Mkuze Game Reserve (Level 1 Venue)
Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (Marine Guiding)