Entries by Survival Guru

About African urban areas

As Africa’s population is growing to over 1 billion people, recent surveys have suggested that 40% of this population lives in urban areas. Whilst the continent remains afflicted by drought, famine, and diseases, many of their problems are experienced within rural areas. Yet, the de-population of the African countryside has been dramatic since the early […]

Orientation: navigate with the stars

Sometimes, when operating in a Hostile Environment, you might need to travel at night.  The decision to travel at night could be motivated by security considerations or simply weather conditions, as cloud, rain and temperature could provide you with suitable cover for safe movement. In such situations, you might not have a compass or be […]

How to heal a wound

In the event of any injury or possible contact with disease, it is best not to panic.  When we panic, our blood pumps faster, we sweat more and thereby produce and use more energy. The more tired and slow we become, the more we panic.  Therefore, when injured, it is best to slow down because […]

The process of water purification

Knowledge of water and the process of water purification has enabled several delegates to operate in a Hostile Environment. Planet Earth comprises 29% of landmass and 71% of water.  Interestingly, this same ratio exists in the human body which consists of 29% of tissue and body mass and 71% of water.  Whether this ratio is […]

Alternative eating: which bugs are edible

The eating of bugs and insects is a highly emotional topic and raises the issue of what you can eat to survive.  Some edible bugs are tasty, whereas some edible bugs taste foul but will provide you with suitable nutrition. A large proportion of the world’s rural population consumes insects as they are an inexpensive […]

Lighting a fire without matches

Discover more about the history of matches and learn how lighting a fire without matches in an extreme survival situation can save your life. Fire is one of the four earthly elements that include wind, water and earth. Unlike earth, wind and water, fire provides heat, a means of cooking, sterilisation, and a psychological boost […]

Operating in Emerging Markets within Africa

As companies have realised that fewer business opportunities exist in a saturated domestic market, new business development has focused on emerging markets. A recent review of emerging markets within Africa has identified nine countries that have already emerged; and a further ten classified as “up-coming emerging markets”.  Given the fact that many of these African […]

Survival food, what to eat in a hostile environment

During our H.E.A.T courses, attendees often express a concern as to what to eat in a hostile environment, they ask us about survival food. Specifically the attendees want to know which edible wild plant they can eat or at least how to identify poisonous plants for humans.   Recent studies of Supply Chain Management have […]

Attracting attention, what to do when lost

Much debate is held by the attendees on our H.E.A.T. courses with regards to rescue.  A common request is how to attract attention and what to do when lost.   A survivor is anyone who is rescued from a hostile environment, whether such an environment exists on land, sea or in an urban setting.  You […]

Learn to Point North and to read a compass

During our H.E.A.T courses, attendees often share an all too common experience – the alarming feeling of being lost.  However, by using some simple navigation techniques , understanding how to point north and learning how to read a compass, you might become temporarily unaware of your surroundings in a hostile environment … but never lost. If […]