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Field Course: South Africa

The South Africa field course is based at the Anthropology Field Station in the Soutpansberg Mountains and focuses on the research of the Primate & Predator Project and its conservation activities. You may encounter all five South African primate species – Southern lesser bushbaby, thick-tailed bushbaby, samango monkey, vervet monkey and chacma baboon. You will get to study samango monkey behaviour, ecology and responses to predation risk, as well as understanding how the project monitors the carnivore populations such as the elusive leopard.

We also encourage you to take an ethnographic, reflexive view of the biological field site itself and engage with the researchers based there, as well as developing an understanding of the local South African context. You will visit a local school as part of an environmental education programme and also spend two nights in the rural village of Indermark. Collectively you work at the intersection of biological and social anthropology to appreciate the broad range of activities and conservation initiatives in the region.

Students walking through grassland in South Africa


"I think it is a fantastic opportunity and I learned so much about how Anthropology functions in real life applications. It has made a huge positive impact to my second year to actually have course friends. The two weeks in South Africa were so engaging and it made me understand and appreciate my course a lot more."

"South Africa was amazing!!"

"The South Africa field course has been the highlight of my degree so far. I have loved every second of it. The course was exciting, fun and pushed me out of my comfort zone."