African Snake Bite Institute

African Snakebite Institute


By Johan Marais

Dedicated to Promoting the Understanding and the Conservation of our Native Reptiles through Communication, Education and Interaction.

Welcome to Johan Marais’s African Snake Bite Institute!
Johan Marais, internationally known herpetologist and author of numerous books on Snakes and Reptiles in Southern Africa is now offering various exciting new African Snakebite Institute to reptile enthusiasts, corporate and industrial bodies including:

  1. Training courses for reptile enthusiasts and persons in the wildlife industries including:
    • Snake and Reptile Awareness, Snake Handling including venomous snakes, First Aid for Snake Bite & Emergency Procedure.
    • Successful delegates will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the course
  1. Corporate Talks & Demonstrations
  2. Environmental Impact Assessments: Assessments on reptiles and amphibians for EIA reports, conducted throughout Africa.
  3. Reptile Safaris into the more interesting parts of Southern Africa. The safaris are offered to keen naturalists and herpetologists. The safaris will be to view as many reptiles and amphibians in a given area with the emphasis on photography. No reptiles or amphibians will be removed from the wild. Johan Marais has done extensive field work in Southern Africa including Namibia. Such a safari can be quite rustic with a fair amount of camping or in luxury accommodation, depending on your requirements.

Accreditation and Endorsement:

  • B-BBEE Level 4 Company
  • Johan Marais is accredited by the International Society of Zoological Sciences, International Health Management Consultants and the Travel Doctor.
  • He is an endorsed Training Provider registered with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa(FGASA).
  • The snake awareness and snake handling courses have been approved by NOSA
  • Johan has been appointed as the Snake Expert for Tygerberg Poison Information Centre, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University


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