Bear Grylls launches Africa survival academy

6th Dec 2013

Zimbabwe's magnificent Victoria Falls are to feature in Bear Grylls' new Survival Academy in Africa.

The 39-year-old adventurer and television presenter will offer fearless travellers the opportunity to learn the same techniques he used in shows such as Channel 4's Born Survivor.

The opening academy starts next month at the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve near Victoria Falls.

The course will give participants an introduction to the awe-inspiring natural delights Africa has to offer as a tourist destination.

The continent offers tailor-made holidays for adventurous travellers in countries near the Falls.

Visitors to Kenya's Lake Bogoria Game Reserve can watch more than 1.5 million migratory flamingos flocking to the lake. They can also enjoy magnificent elephants in Mount Kenya National Park or rugged glacier-clad mountains and forested slopes.

South Africa, with its imposing Table Mountain, Kruger National Park and vineyards, is an outdoor tourists' dream, with cycling and trekking holidays currently booming.

Tanzania big game fans can watch the annual migration of more than one million wildebeest to and from the vast, rolling savannahs of the 15,000 sq km Serengeti National Park. The Moyowosi Game Reserve with its swamp region also comes highly recommended.

Namibia is also made for adventure with its unique desert recently joining the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The hauntingly unforgettable Namib Sand Sea, spanning over three million hectares, is the world's only coastal desert that includes vast fog-effected dune fields.

Of course, all mod-cons are provided for holidaymakers visiting contemporary, dynamic Africa.

But people on Grylls' new course will learn survival techniques such as fire lighting, emergency shelter building, knife skills, foraging for grubs and rodents, besides skills such as river crossings and white water rafting.

Grylls, who designed the course which will be run by highly-trained specialists, told Telegraph Travel: "I wanted to do something away from TV, something different that will empower people."

Lead instructor Scott Heffield said: "The greater Victoria Falls area provides the perfect backdrop for the academy course to launch."

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