Snake Awareness Course

Words: Steven J Brown

Due to the popularity of the inaugural snake awareness course that took place at Gooderson Leisure’s DumaZulu Lodge and Traditional Village in April, here’s another chance to participate in the next one day course on “Snake Awareness and First Aid for Snakebites”.

Join Johan Marais, internationally known herpetologist and author of numerous books on snakes and reptiles in Southern Africa, for a one day course in snake awareness on Saturday June 29, 2013.


Johan Marais is offering various new reptile “ad”ventures to reptile enthusiasts, corporates and those working in the wildlife industry. This module will include snake awareness, identification, first aid for snakesbits, medical treatments of snakebites as well as a written test. Upon completion of the three hour lecture, students will break for lunch. After the meal there will be a venomous snake handling course using a variety of venomous snakes such as the Puff Adder, Snouted Cobra and Boomslang. students will receive certificates.


Johan is accredited by the International Society of Zoological Sciences, an endorsed training provider registered with the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA). His snake awareness and handling courses are approved by NOSA. This day long special course will be taking place at the lodge and for the full day, the course will cost R980 per person. Should one be interested in only the morning session the cost is R600 per person. (Rates exclude accommodation)


That’s why it is a good idea to make a weekend of it. Nature lovers can enjoy the beautiful Zululand bush for only R2040 per person sharing for the weekend on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis (excluding the snake handling course). To make a booking, contact Heinz Fritz on 035 5622260 or 072 224 2268


For those partners accompanying reptile enthusiasts who may be a little nervous of the critters in the park, there is also an abundance of friendly game to view, such as Red and Grey Duiker, Bush Buck, Mongoose, Crested Guinea fowls and Bush Babies. DumaZulu has also proved a real bird lover’s paradise. Visiting birds that can be spotted include the Spotted Blue Mantled Flycatcher, Yellow bellied Brown Bul, Yellow streaked Brown Bul, Dark-Backed Weaver, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbills, Crowned Hornbills, Grey Wax Bill and Eastern Nicator.