Five Day Course

Bush Skills

Learn Incredible Bush Skills On This Five Day Specialist Trail

Roy Ashton, this course facilitator, is one of the few people in the world capable of the most difficult technique of making fire by rubbing sticks, the so-called Creator's Fire, as demonstrated in his YouTube videos (Roy can literally make fire with 2x sticks in under 3 minutes!)

He has spent months living in the African bush with traditional hunter-gatherers in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa, surviving angry tribesmen wielding machetes and poison arrows, watching an African eye worm blur his vision, and eating bush foods ranging from bark to brains to lizards and rats. He has taught bush skills to adults and children on 4 continents, including to young indigenous people who have forgotten them.

Roy is a wilderness guide in Imfolozi Game Reserve leading specialist trails, a nature connection and rite-of-passage facilitator, a mountain guide and qualified Zen Coach. In 2019, Roy spent a month surviving entirely on foraged foods!

This Five Day Bush Skills Trail in the iMfolozi Wilderness is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn a range of incredible bush skills and wilderness knowledge from some of the most experienced wilderness guides in Africa. An ideal trail to test your own boundaries and experience nature at her most primitive. Besides having an opportunity to spend five days in the legendary iMfolozi Wilderness Area, this course will also teach you skills including:

  • Making fire by hand without flint or matches
  • Hygiene, keeping clean and healthy using what nature provides
  • Simple tool making and knife work
  • Food foraging ..... finding food in the most unlikely places
  • Tracking and navigation in the wild
  • Effective management of emergency scenarios
Minimum Requirements

Participants Should Be:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Physically healthy
  • Up for an adventure of a lifetime!
Important Logistics
  • On the morning of the course starting, we will depart Durban by 08h30 and return by 15h30 on the final day.
  • We can arrange airport pick up or pick up from accommodation in the greater Durban area.
  • Should you require, we can provide accommodation pre and post this course at the Wilderness Leadership School in Durban.
Dates & Costs

Date: 1 April - 5 AprilĀ 2022

Course Costs: ZAR 9900 per person for SA Residents / ZARR16 170 for non SA Residents

Course costs are all inclusive and includes:

  • Transport to iMfolozi Wilderness area from Durban
  • All meals (our trail food is of an extremely high quality)
  • All park entry fees, overnight fees, conservation levies etc....
  • All trail equipment, backpacks, sleeping bags etc... we will provide a list of items of a personal nature that you should bring with

Wilderness Leadership School Trust

Wilderness Leadership School Trust

c/o Ewing Trust Company (Pty) Ltd,

Mafavuke House, 28 Old Main Road,

Hillcrest, 3610

+27 82 335 2687

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