Spider & Scorpion First Aid Walk

Learning should be an exploration


Spiders and scorpions represent a contradiction within the human mind. It is true that a few species are venomous enough to cause great harm to us and even death in rare cases, however, with so much misinformation, it is difficult to know which species of medically important and how to treat a bite or sting.

The spider and scorpion first aid walk is a practical exploration of a natural area in search of spiders and scorpions. We’ll have a short in the field presentation with visuals, and a participative workshop. The walk covers topics such as identification, symptoms, first aid and where to get free medical advice if you ever need it.

If you or anyone you know has ever been bitten by a spider or stung by a scorpion anywhere in Southern Africa, and were not sure what to do. Maybe you have had spider or scorpion in your house or garden and you are not sure if it is medically important or not? Or just want to know what our medically important spiders and scorpions from the leading expert in Southern Africa, then this 2 hour walk is for you.


  • 2 Hour walk.
  • In the field presentation with visuals.
  • Interactive workshop.
  • Practical searching for spiders and scorpions. 


  • Medically important spiders and scorpions and their bites and stings.
  • Identification.
  • Symptoms.
  • First aid.
  • Where to get free medical advice if you ever need it.

Ideal for?

  • Everyone who enjoys the great outdoors!
  • Field guides and lodge staff.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Employees who work in areas inhabited by spiders and scorpions. 
  • Conservationists and field workers.
  • Hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners. 
The Spider & Scorpion First Aid Walk includes a short in the field presentation with visuals and an interactive workshop.

Jonathan Leeming

Jonathan Leeming is a best selling author, international speaker and award winning conservationist. He has written 9 books including his best selling book, Scorpions of Southern Africa, and his award winning book, One World  (Scorpions of Sabi Sands, Spider & Scorpion Risk Assessment, Venomous Animal General Awareness, Risk Assessment & First Aid, Antivenom Management, General Awareness, First Aid Guide To Spider Bites & Scorpion Stings). 

He consults for the Poison Information Helpline, various organisations and speaks at medical conferences on the subject of envenomation.  Jonathan brings a fresh and unique insight into the subject of venomous animals and their bites and stings.
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