You can make a difference! The Gameways Anti-Poaching course equips students with all the necessary knowledge and practical training, to enable them to take a stand against crime and poaching activities taking place in our country.

Gameways Anti-Poaching Course


This is your opportunity to make the change you want to see in South Africa. Book your place in the Gameways Anti-Poaching course and join us in our fight to secure tomorrow.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good man do nothing”- Edmund Burke




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The GameWays Anti-Poaching training course consists of three phases that take place over a period of three months.  Students with a criminal record would not be able to participate in the course.

Phase 1: Self Study at Home (One month before arriving at GameWays)

Due to the limited time we have available to complete the practical training, students are required to complete some of the theoretical study material online prior to the starting date of the physical course. The self-study course material will only be made available to students after the 50% deposit has been paid.


Wildlife Campus Anti-Poaching course: - Theoretical.

GameWays will register applicants at Wildlife Campus for their Anti-Poaching course module at no additional cost.  Students must complete this part-time, online course over a period of one month. After successfully passing the online exam students will receive a certificate from Wildlife Campus through GameWays. This certificate forms part of the admission requirements to participate in the practical GameWays course.




PSIRA- Grade E & D Security Officer

The two-day security guard course forms part of the practical Gameways Anti-Poaching course and an exam will be written at GameWays. If students pass the exam a security guard qualification certificate would be handed to them and students will then be registered with PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulating Authority)


Firearm competency course for Business

When arriving at GameWays students will be required to complete a three-day firearm competency course.  The law requires that any person that wishes to use a firearm for business purposes (security guard) need a business competency. The course will consist of the following modules

  • U/s 117705 - Knowledge of Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000

  • U/s 119649 - Handle and use a Handgun

  • U/s 119650 - Handle and use a Self-loading Rifle or Carbine

  • U/s 119651 - Handle and use a Manually Operated Rifle or Carbine

  • U/s 119652 - Handle and use a Shotgun

  • U/s 123511 - Handle and use a Self-loading Rifle or Carbine for Business Purposes

  • U/s 123514 - Handle and use a Shotgun for Business Purposes

  • U/s 123515 - Handle and use a Handgun for Business Purposes

  • U/s 123519 - Handle and use a Manually Operated Rifle or Carbine for Business Purposes

(Your firearm competency certificate and application should still be submitted at your nearest SAPS firearm branch after completion of the course)


Medical certificate

          Students must obtain a letter from a registered medical practitioner stating that they are physically fit to participate in a fitness training program.



Fitness requirements

Students will have to complete a fitness test on arrival at GameWays.

  • 50x sit-ups in 2 minutes.

  • 5 km run in 30 minutes.

  • 30x pushups without breaking pace.

  • 30x 6meter sprints in 90 seconds.


Phase 2: Practical training at Gameways

On arrival students will be issued with 2x camo long pants, 2x long sleeve shirts, 2x t-shirts, 1x camo floppy hat to use for the duration of the course.

Training will be provided by various instructors each a specialist in his field.















Practical Modules covered during training at GameWays

  • First Aid Level 2 courses with the focus on the Anti-Poaching environment.

  • Security Guard Studies PSIRA Grade E & D. 

  • Poisonous snake handling Certificate

  • Advanced Firearm training and night fire exercise with various types of firearms.

  • Bushcraft: kit, fire, water, food, cooking, and tool use.

  • Navigation skills and Map reading.

  • Animal post mortem, dissection, anatomy study.

  • Hunting, snaring and trapping.

  • Human tracking skills and counter tracking.

  • Crime scene management.

  • Radio procedure and communication.

  • Surveillance, observation posts and intelligence.

  • Anti-poaching patrolling

  • Ambush& Counter Ambush drills (layout and procedure)

  • House searching and clear

  • Close combat & self-defense.

  • Big Game identification and behavioral studies.

Tactical exercises: During the course, students would be required to handle various firearms.


Phase 3: Field practical phase

The final phase of the Anti-Poaching training involves a two week deployment as an Anti-Poaching unit in a nature reserve where some of the “big 5” are present.

Candidates would be constantly monitored to see if students can practically implement the training that was provided to them.  Students will spend most of their time in the bush including spending their nights under the stars.

During this phase, students are placed under the operational command of the nature reserves security units. The reserves security units will establish the daily duties and placement of the students.

At the end of this phase, students are evaluated and they receive their final mark & certificates.


Gameways training facility

The 2,200 Hectare GameWays training facility is ideal for Anti-Poaching training. The training facility is located outside Steenbokpan about 70 km West of Lephalale, in the Limpopo bush veldt.


Certificates and Qualification included in the price

  1. Gameways Anti-Poaching certificate.

  2. Firearm competency (business level) all firearm types.

  3. PSIRA Security Grade E certificate

  4. PSIRA Security Grade D certificate

  5. Wildlife Campus theoretical certificate

  6. First Aid Level 1 and 2 certificates

  7. Self Defense Certificate

  8. Snake Handling certificate.


Course Instructor

The main course instructor will be Colonel (retired) Sidney Zeeman.  Sidney took early retirement from the SANDF after 36 years of service.  As officer commanding of 5 SA Infantry Battalion and the SA Army Support Base Ladysmith, his responsibilities included the combat readiness of forces under command; the training of Parks Board rangers in the KwaZulu Natal Province; and the management of command functions such as human resources, security, logistics, procurement, facilities, and communications. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Military Science at the University of Stellenbosch and the Certificate in Total Quality Management at the University of South Africa.  He also completed the Executive National Strategic Programme (ENSP) at the SA National Defence College.


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