In previous months, two New Zealand soldiers deployed to Malawi, Africa, to teach British Army units the secrets of bushcraft and anti-poaching.

According to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), one of the soldiers was from the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS), and the other from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR). New Zealand troops are famous across the international special operations community for the superb tracking and bushcraft abilities.

“Bushcraft and tracking are two of the specialist skills that New Zealand troops are known for,” McKinstry said Col. Rian McKinstry, the New Zealand Special Operations Component Commander.

The two Kiwis were complementing British instructors from the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles. The curriculum included bushcraft, tracking, anti-tracking, and wilderness survival techniques.