Safari Survival Skills

Running for the first time in May 2019 and open to a maximum of 12 delegates this course will teach skills pertinent to expedition medicine work on the African continent.

The course will be run jointly by highly experienced expedition doctors Dr Patrick Avery, and Dr Jon Dallimore, along with Dr Sean Avery PhD (a hydrologist and lifelong resident of East Africa with huge experience in vehicle based expeditions, mechanics, and off road driving).

The course encompasses a week long vehicle based 4×4 camping safari in Kenya’s South Rift just north of the border with Tanzania in the Maasai owned Olkiramatian and Shompole community conservation areas. These areas are semi-arid rangelands which provide dry season grazing refuge for the Maasai’s livestock, whilst simultaneously fostering eco-tourism and wildlife conservation based around the traditional co-existence of people and wildlife. The areas have large populations of a wide diversity of animals including lions, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe to name a few. The conservation fees for our stay will contribute directly to the community’s efforts.

This area of The Great Rift Valley is full of interesting geological and geographic features, not least the two alkaline soda lakes of Magadi and Natron which are home at times to hundreds of thousands of flamingoes.

We will spend the week camping right in amongst this wildlife, learning how to safely live and operate in this environment. At times down there one can seemingly be surrounded by the calls of lions as they communicate with pride members after dark, an unforgettable and invaluable life experience in itself. The safari conditions will be comfortable. The day to day planning will be flexible and we will deal with daily tasks and any issues as one would on any expedition. The whole experience will be full of learning and we anticipate that medics attending will be able to claim 20-25 CPD points towards their annual appraisal. Certificates will be issued to all attendees to confirm their attendance and the areas of teaching covered.

There will be a strong teaching emphasis on the use of 4x4s on expedition, including bush mechanics, off-road driving, and vehicle winching/towing/extraction. Additionally teaching will focus on medical risks and scenarios pertinent to the African environment including dangerous wildlife, and zoonoses. We will also interact with and learn from local community members and conservationists to understand how people co-exist with wildlife in this area and the conservation and health challenges that exist. We will learn bush craft skills, interpret animal tracks, and do some walking in the area and up the wall of The Great Rift Valley. Night and day time driving exercises, navigation, and river crossing skills will all be covered.

The course will be run again in 2020 with dates and costs TBC. Please contact us for more information.