Hunters training – rifle training, safety, marksmanship, tracking, species and trophy identification, shooting game, skinning, skin prep, meat prep and cooking.
Guides training - The Kaba has a variety of game species but the trees and the birds are exceptional and, therefore, good areas to focus the training of guides.
All students will reach reasonable level of competence in bush and wildlife knowledge and will have the opportunity to become highly proficient. Bush survival training and bush - oriented first aid is compulsory for all participants. The art of camping and its commercial application is a strong focus: all aspects of planning and implementing this business will be covered, and ultimately the students will be able to test their skills with actual guests.
Marine experience – the sea and inter-tidal zone offers a vast arena for exciting activities and learning experience. This will include whale and dolphin watching, a visit to St Croix Island and deep-sea fishing. The Cape St Francis expedition includes sailing, sea-kayaking, surfing and spear-fishing. After hectic days in and on the water students will spend their evenings honing their skills in sea-food cooking. A Wild Coast expedition will be the culmination of the sea experience and will include a period of community work dealing with livestock veterinary work in rural districts on the coast. There will also be a period of hiking and enjoying this magnificent, wild coastline.
Agriculture – Two fundamental approaches will be taught as guiding paradigms for the understanding and implementation of successful and sustainable agriculture. First, Brian Oldrieve’s Foundations for Farming principles – Timing, Standards, No Wastage and Passion, and secondly, Alan Savory’s Holistic Management approach. Hands-on cropping activities will include vegetable production, composting, mulching and organic pest control. Commercial cropping is not applicable on Kaba but the principles and practices taught can be applied widely.
Stock Farming - Our beef farming operation on Kaba allows for a wide range of experience and skills to be gathered in animal husbandry and game management. The buffalo breeding programme offers a unique opportunity to get to know the management of these valuable and fascinating animals. Again, depending on particular interests of individuals, there will be opportunities for students to set up and run their own small businesses within the context of the farm.
Stock horses are an integral part of our beef and game management systems. The young men will have the opportunity to become proficient riders and horse handlers, herding cattle, checking game and fences, game counting and conducting guided horse trails.