Learn skills to survive in the jungles of Guyana, the frozen wilderness of northern Sweden – and the forests of England
Wilderness adventure, Sweden
Surviving the bone-chilling temperatures in the pristine wilderness of northern Sweden is no easy feat. This expedition combines snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding. The first three days are spent in and around a traditional log cabin acclimatising and learning the necessary survival skills. The following three days are spent in the wilderness living in self-built wooden shelters and snow holes. Then to finish, it’s back on the cross-country skis to the cabin, where a traditional wood-fired sauna and hot tub awaits.
Intrepid Expeditions, 0800 0432509, £1,495pp, including international and internal flights and ground transport
Two weeks in the jungle, Guyana
When it comes to deep, dark, jungle, few places can match the Amazonian bush of Guyana in South America. For SAS-wannabes, adventure travel company Bushmasters offers a two-week survival experience. Week one is training: finding and setting up camp, wildlife tracking and bow hunting, locating drinkable water, catching and eating piranha and lighting fires without matches, all done under the watch of two local Amerindian guides. Week two is the isolation phase. On your own, or in a buddy pair, you must do everything yourself. With no more than the clothes you’re wearing, your machete, bow and arrow, and belt kit, you’ll put all your new skills to the test. This makes I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! look like a week at Butlins.
Bushmasters, £1,500pp, not including flights
Family breaks, Sussex
Woodlore, the UK’s premier school of bushcraft, was founded in 1983 by Mr Survival himself: Ray Mears. It offers different experiences, from expeditions in Namibia and Canada to wilderness first-aid courses. But closer to home – near Ukfield in Sussex – the Family Bushcraft three-day/two-night course offers families the chance to get closer to nature. You learn how to build campfires, make shelters, track animal and understand the flora and fauna of England’s forests.
Woodlore, 01580 819668, raymears.com, £225pp
Walking with bushmen, Namibia
Discover the meaning of Safari as you walk with San bushmen in the arid sun-lands and rugged kopjes of Namibia’s Erongo mountains, a wild rocky landscape of steep escarpments looking out over the vast wilderness of the Namib desert. You will learn the art of lightweight desert travel and how to move safely and easily through the bush avoiding hyenas and sunburn. Discover ways to find water, trap small mammals and birds, as well as tracking and the protocols for wildlife encounters. You will also search for ancient rock-art sites of the bushmen.
Woodsmoke, 01900 821779, £1,895pp, not including flights. Heathrow via Johannesburg to Windhoek in Namibia from £1,013 with South African Airways
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