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Duration: 5 days Price: £1599

Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Do you have what it takes to survive?

Survival in the Falls is an intensive 5 day survival skills course like none other. Set in one of our most challenging environments at Victoria Falls, this course culminates in a 36 hour expedition, putting skills such as tracking, skinning and crossing the ultimate in difficult terrain to the test. The course is delivered by a range of handpicked instructors who have been trained by members of Bears Man v Wild/Born Survivor crew. Each instructor is an expert in their chosen field of African Bush craft, Wilderness Survival or Extreme Adventurous Activity.

“So many people have asked me over the years where they can learn extreme, practical survival – the type that requires spirit, determination and the skills to self-rescue against the odds, in some of the harshest terrain around. So it is with great pride that we can now finally launch the Bear Grylls Survival Academy to be able to share some of these skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down,” says Bear Grylls. “Oh, and it may hurt a little.”


Bear Grylls Survival Academy – Survival in Africa takes place at Nakavango Conservation Centre on The Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This location has the most incredible, diverse environment and we will offer an extreme journey incorporating not only amazing wildlife, difficult and challenging terrain but also featuring spectacular gorges and the fast, white and ferocious Zambezi river.


This overview of a typical Victoria Falls itinerary provides an insight into what you can expect from a Bear Grylls Survival Academy. However, every course is different depending on the location, weather and the groups ability, and so, this is just a guide!


The adventure begins at 5pm with a chance to meet your course leaders and fellow participants. Introductions done, kit issued and your kit checked, we then move over rugged terrain by 4×4 vehicles to the Academy’s wilderness bush camp set in the heart of wild Africa. On arrival you will receive a safety brief, course brief and outline. Campadmin will be explained and your camp equipment and basic African food rations issued.

Day 1

The training begins. After a quick lesson on Bear’s Priorities of Survival, we set off from wilderness bush camp by 4×4 Land Rover across rugged, open African terrain. Lion, Rhino and Giraffe are to name a few animals roaming around in your immediate vicinity. Arrive close to the ZambeziRiver in preparation for a Bear Grylls adrenalin fuelled training day. Classic BG crossing of difficult ground follows through extreme white water, a 200m vertical gorge, rugged cliffs and craggy outcrops. This is your training theatre for the day, so climb, swing, slide, jump and ride, its pure Bear Grylls.

Day 2

Today couldn’t be more different than day one. Its now time to learn all the skills which will need to be put in to place for the final 36 hour exercise. Start out on foot from wilderness bush camp and learn to track, navigate with and without a compass, purify and filter rancid water. Select a camp site, remembering that you are surrounded by Africa’s big five ie; Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Elephant. Now learn the art of making and setting traps, drop lines and build a bush craft shelter. Finally, make a fire by various means which will hopefully keep anything hostile away from your overnight camp. You settle down for the night with a talk on Astro Navigation, Southern Hemisphere, of course with just the stars as overhead shelter.

Day 3

Sunrise start, checking of traps, snares and fishing lines.  The day continues with improvised Wilderness First Aid, which includes local and natural remedies and a lesson on skinning, field cooking and foraging for wild and natural food. Your navigation and movement across the bush will then be tested as you make your way back to wilderness bush camp on foot attempting to go unnoticed by possible predators.

Day 4

Final Exercise… let’s just say you’ll be putting all your new found skills to good use! You leave camp with a knife and empty water canteen. From that point, you’re on your own as a team. Nothing you have ever done is even close to the adventure your about to go on. The aim, simple, survival and rescue. And, what a rescue we have planned. Epic…..

Day 5

If you are successful then we have the final passing out parade and awarding of the BG Survival Academy certificates and knives. You will be taken back to The Nakavango Conservation Centre by Land Rover and on arrival its time for drinks and medals….

Due to the limited flights in and out of Victoria Falls, we will accommodate you at Nakavango Conservation Centre for this evening.

Please note – all activities are weather dependent.


As you would expect, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy is challenging both mentally and physically. So, in order to get the most out of the course, applicants should be fit and healthy.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I active?
  • Can I hike or trek for one hour in trekking boots carrying a light 20lb daypack?
  • Am I a competent swimmer?
  • Am I determined?

If you have any questions about Health and Fitness for the course, please contact our BGSA team.


Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring MUST be appropriate to the environment and the time of year; the items listed below are mandatory.

  • 2 pairs of robust mountain/walking boots or similar with ankle support
  • Lightweight Trousers and Shorts
  • Short Sleeved Base layer, mid layers and outer
  • Fleece
  • Sun Hat
  • Gloves 1 x thin/active)
  • Light Weight Water and windproof trousers and jacket
  • Swimming shorts
  • Training shoes/Wet Shoes
  • Waterproof note book and pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Cream and Lip Salve
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Casual clothes x 1
  • Wash bag and contents
  • Towel
  • Personal medication
  • Camera (in a waterproof case/bag)

…and a bag full of positive attitude!

The following kit will be issued to participants by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:

  • 3 seasons sleeping bag and liner
  • Water proof ruck sack liner
  • Air mat
  • Head torch
  • 40ltr ruck sack
  • Water Bottle, mug and spoon
  • Bear Grylls Gerber Knife

This course is strictly limited to just 10 participants and costs just £1,599 excluding flights. Transfers are included from Victoria Falls Airport only. All meals and accommodation are included and a large amount of equipment is on loan for the duration of the course including: Knife, mug, sleeping bag and liner, sleeping mat, rucksack and liner, head torch, water bottle and all technical safety equipment. This means you do not need to bring any of the heavy stuff with you. On completion of the course you will receive the coveted Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate, and your very own Bear Grylls Ultimate knife.

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