24hr Adult Survival Course – South Africa

Location: Nooitgedacht Farm in the Magaliesberg region of Gauteng
R4500 pp
Duration: 24 hours

Do you have what it takes to survive?


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Surviving South Africa takes on an entirely new meaning in 2015.  The world’s foremost authority on all things survival, Bear Grylls, has teamed up with South Africa’s action/adventure specialists, Group73 to bring the Bear Grylls Survival Academy to South Africa. Over the course of 24 hours you will experience an outdoor adventure, which not only teaches practical survival skills, but is guaranteed to challenge, excite and inspire.


Bear’s team of highly trained experts will facilitate learning, offer advice and guide participants through this gruelling 24 hour course. Learn to forage, identify animal runs and lay traps, skin and gut, navigate by day and night, build emergency shelters, stalk, protect yourself in the wild from attack, wilderness first aid, tie knots and make rope harnesses in order to safely cross difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by any means. This is not a military boot camp and it’s much, much more than a bushcraft course. This is an exclusive course where places are limited to only 12 participants who must be physically fit and active. From hour one you will be lead into the wilderness with no tent, water or food. During the course you will receive limited food, and water will need to be sourced locally from streams and pools. You will then have to forage for anything else that may supplement your diet.

Have you got what it takes to survive for 24 hours until rescue?

It would in fact be the perfect preparation for participants who were considering any of the Bear Grylls Extreme 5 day Survival Courses from The Highlands in Scotland, to the Survival in the Sierras or Catskills or Victoria Falls – Africa!


These are just some of the many activities you will partake in during the ’24 Hour Adult Survival Course’ from the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.

  • Handling and preparing edible wild life, including scorpions and rabbit
  • Challenging terrain crossings
  • 50m Abseil
  • Helicopter Casualty Evacuation
  • General  & Astro Navigation
  • Identification of animal trails/marks and specific flora
  • Knots and knives
  • Shelter building
  • Simulated snake bite scenario and treatment
  • Fire-making techniques
  • Emergency bush First-Aid
  • Traps and Snares
  • Emergency signal fires

Please note – all activities are weather dependent.


The Bear Grylls Survival Academy Courses take place at the majestic Nooitgedacht farm in the mountainous Magaliesberg region of Gauteng in South Africa, approximately 45 minutes from Johannesburg and Pretoria. With a vast array of flora and fauna, including Giraffe, Zebra, Leopard, Nyala and Eland, this is the perfect setting for an event of this nature.

The area also has a significant place in South African history with The Battle of Nooitgedacht taking place on December 13, 1900 during the Boer War.


Due to the relatively strenuous nature of the Bear Grylls survival academy courses, you will need to be reasonably fit and healthy. Hiking, climbing and other physically demanding activities are included, so please be honest about your abilities with regards to this. If you have any questions about Health and Fitness for the course, please contact our team.


If you sign up – this will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring MUST be appropriate to the environment and the time of year.

All courses:

  • 1 pair of outdoor hiking boots with ankle support
  • Trousers (lightweight)
  • Shirt (lightweight)
  • Hat (preferably a bush hat)
  • Water and windproof trousers and jacket
  • Note book and pencil
  • Towel and basic personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medication
  • Camera (in a waterproof bag)
  • 1 set spare casual clothes (spares, including footwear)
  • Laundry bag
  • Sunglasses

For courses during winter

  • Thermal vest
  • Thermal long johns
  • Base layer, mid layer and outer layer
  • Gloves


Please note – all activities are weather dependent and may be affected by other factors beyond our control. The course schedule and content may be rearranged or amended at short notice and cannot be guaranteed.

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