Become a Safari Guide in Africa!
Why choose this project?
This Level 1 FGASA Course is offered by one of the best Field Guide schools in Southern Africa, based on one of Zimbabwe’s finest privately owned reserves. Get an in-depth knowledge and understanding of African mammals, birds and reptiles, plus learn about animal behaviour, navigation and orientation techniques and plant identification. The perfect course for a career in conservation.
This hands-on practical course forms the foundation for a career in field guiding and many other wildlife-oriented careers. However, many participants enrol onto the course to have an in-depth gap year or student travel experience or an extended bush holiday. Successful participants will receive full FGASA accreditation once they have passed their theory and practical assessments at the end of the course.
The conservancy where you will be based for your training is a privately owned Big 5 game reserve situated just ten minutes outside the vibrant and bustling tourist town of Victoria Falls in Western Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls area is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
As well as gaining your accredited FGASA Level 1 Field Guide qualification, you will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in wildlife conservation activities, research projects and game park management as well as enjoy the many exciting adrenalin activities which Victoria Falls has to offer!
The FGASA Level 1 Field Guide course covers:
- Introduction to the natural environment
- Guiding and radio procedures
- Weather and climate
- Basic ecology
- Basic taxonomy
- Plants and grasses
- Amphibians, fish and reptiles
- Birds and mammals
- Animal behaviour
- Conservation management
Students will also gain skills in off-road driving, guiding and hosting clients, navigation and orientation and tracks and signs in the bush. These will be covered in formal lectures and workshops as well as out in the field - observing and learning about what is around you.
FGASA students will also enjoy visits to Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the spectacular Victoria Falls themselves. These trips also allow students to experience different areas, wildlife, biomes and biodiversity.
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
Find out more by filling out the form below and clicking send. Conservation Travel Africa should then be in touch
shortly to help with your enquiry.
More information about this gap year opportunity...
Every minute of this 55-day programme will be a learning experience. You will be submerged in nature and constantly exposed to the African bush.
- Cover a broad range of subjects in daily lectures and practical activities
- Undertake game walks and drives accompanied by experienced professional trainers and guides
- Provides a foundation for a career in field guiding and many other wildlife careers
- Immerse yourself in African wildlife and learn about the plants and animals, trees and birds
- Live just outside Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls, where there are lots of adrenaline activities to experience!
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme including laundry (exc. alcoholic and fizzy drinks)
- Instructors and Training
- Bush walks and drives
- T-shirt, shirt and cap
- Practical instruction on wildlife and plant identification as well as spoors, tracking and animal behaviour
- All programme-related transport, course books and training materials
- 24 hour support and guidance from the volunteer programme staff
When can I come?
Two courses are run per year. The final 2015 FGASA course starts on 17th August 2015.
Do I need any experience?
You do not need any prior wildlife experience to enrol on this course but students must have a good grasp of English if it is not their first language and a keen interest in conservation.
You must be 18+ and hold a drivers licence (to drive a manual / stick shift vehicle) and an accredited, valid and current first aid certificate. If you do not have a valid certificate then there is an advanced first aid course hosted at the project the week before the course begins.
Do I need a visa?
All visitors to Zimbabwe will need a tourist visa. Most nationalities can get a 30 day visa at the airport when they arrive. Extensions can be organised once you are at the project.
What will the weather be like?
During the Zimbabwe summer (October - April) temperatures in Victoria Falls average 30-32°c. Average lows are around 17-20°c.
During winter (May - September) daytime temperatures average 25-27°c with no rainfall at all. Temperatures during the night and in the mornings and evenings can get down to 7-10°c (and it has been known to frost!) so volunteers are advised to bring lots of layers including fleeces and a warm hat for nighttime camping with a wide-brimmed hat or cap and loose light clothing for daytime.
Conservation Travel Africa was established to help restore Africa’s wilderness areas, working with existing organisations and conservationists to achieve long term goals through conservation, education and wildlife research. These projects need volunteers to support their work and we pride ourselves on providing meaningful and responsible volunteer programmes which are beneficial, necessary and, most of all, fun!
View all products from Conservation Travel Africa