Bhejane Nature Training is situated in northern KwaZulu Natal and conduct training courses across a diverse range of habitats in Zululand and along the Maputaland Coast. We are based in an area that is recognized as a global biodiversity hot- spot and contains some of the oldest conservation areas in the whole of Africa. The diversity of the area is the result of varied habitats and biomes coming together in rich tapestry of landscapes.
The Bhejane Base Camp is located on the False Bay border of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park- a marine and coastal protected area of international importance (a World Heritage Site). The coast- line runs for over a 100km in this park, and is the venue for the Marine Guiding component of the course. False Bay offers some of the most pristine Sand Forest habitats left in South Africa and is well known for its impressive geological history and large quantities of fossilised ammonites and other marine fossils that is still found here.
Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Park are just north of the camp. Here students get to experience the gentle giants of the Sand Forest. Tembe is home to the largest remaining tuskers in Africa and always makes for a very special field trip. Ndumo needs no introduction to avid birders.
To the west sits the well known Phinda Private Game Reserve as well as Mkuze Game Reserve. The Fig Forests of Mkuze is just one of the many highlights of this beautiful conservation area.
To the south, we have the Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Game Reserve, one of South Africa's flagship national parks and home to the largest populations of White and Black Rhino on the African continent. Many of South Africa's conservation legends were born in this park with its inspiring history.
When Nelson Mandela opened the park in 1999 he said, "[iSimangaliso] must be the only place on the globe where the world's oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world's biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world's oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world's biggest marine mammal (the whale)".
Bhejane Base Camp (Ehlathini Bush Camp) has got two student villages where you will be accommodated depending on the course you are registered for. The Forest Camp consist of large permanent Safari Tents with shared living areas. Living areas comprise of a hut with ablution facilities and study areas, as well as a student kitchen where you can prepare meals over weekends and off days.
Each living area consists of 1 Hut, 1 Kitchen and 2 Tents and is shared by up to 6 students.
Mango Camp consist of wooden huts shared by up to 2 students, with a shared ablution block and a shared kitchen and braai area.
Your course prospectus will contain more detailed information about the facilities at camp.
During practical field trips we make use of a variety of camps where accommodation varies between huts, dorms or tents. While all meals are prepared for you at the Base Camp, students all assist with meal preparation while we are travelling.
If you can manage to find any free time while on course, you can put your feet at the swimming pool lapa where students can go for a swim and enjoy a game of pool. We also have a small shop in the camp where you can buy some basic snacks or toiletries.
Full time students on the 1 or 3 year courses are also encouraged to join the local Rugby Team and we try to use every available opportunity to take students through to the Mkuze Country Club for a game of Cricket against other rangers, guides, and volunteers working in this area.
Should you want to do some local exploration over your semester breaks, we are within an hour's drive of both the Swaziland and Mozambique borders, with the famous dive sites of Sodwana Bay less than 75km away from camp.