Safari Guide Courses

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Safari Guide Courses

from £850
Duration: from 7 days to 55 days
Countries: Botswana, South Africa
Immerse yourself in Africa’s natural beauty and learn about the wildlife and landscapes around you. Perfect for nature-lovers who want to experience iconic animals and birds.

Safari Guide Courses

Conservation Travel Africa offer a range of courses and programmes designed to help you learn more about Africa's most iconic animals and scenery. Whether you have a week to spare, or two months, you will have an immersive bush experience and amazing animal encounters.

1-2 week programmes in South Africa

This short course is designed for people who want an in-depth wildlife and bush experience, but don't have long to spare. You are based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and will take wilderness walks or game drives twice a day with experienced and professional guides and trackers. The course is also ideal if you are a student testing the waters for a career in the wildlife field, or if you just want a more in-depth safari holiday in some of South Africa's best wilderness areas.

In addition to being immersed in nature, living in an unfenced wilderness camp, you will also learn how to drive a 4x4 vehicle, identify birds, plants, trees and tracks, and how to track animals. You could be trained in two different game reserves in South Africa, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species.

28 day Safari Guide Course - South Africa and Botswana

More than just a wildlife course, but more hands-on than a safari, you will have a bush holiday, witness amazing animal sitings and learn all about the environment. Spend a month immersed in the natural world, living in a wilderness camp in South Africa or Botswana. The course will give you practical and theoretical knowledge of animals, birds, trees and ecology, and you will have a fantastic, hands-on African experience. It is ideal for gap year students and African adventurers, who are passionate about nature and would like to get more in-depth experience and understanding of the animals and birds surrounding them. 

You will undertake daily morning and evening activities, alternating between game walks and drives. As well as learning about wildlife, trees, reptiles and birds, you will also learn about camp management and help with the maintenance of equipment and vehicles. Depending on your camp, you may also undertake basic fire arms training.

55 day Field Guide Course - South Africa and Botswana (certification can be obtained)

This Level 1 accredited field guide course is offered by one of the best Guiding schools in Southern Africa, based in the Greater Kruger area of South Africa and the Tuli Conservancy in Botswana. 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 to start a career in conservation or to simply further your knowledge of the African bush.


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 accreditation once they have passed their theory and practical assessments at the end of the course. You will be based in one of three stunning game reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park area of South Africa.

Students on this course 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.

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Further Details

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Price details:

from £850

Project Highlights

- Every minute of these programmes 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 the field and, for longer courses, in your bush classroom!
- Undertake daily 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 plants, animals, trees and birds
- Live in unfenced wilderness campsites surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush

What's included?

- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme (exc. alcoholic and fizzy drinks)
- Instructors and Training
- Bush walks and drives
- Practical instruction on wildlife and plant identification as well as spoors, tracking and animal behaviour
- All programme-related transport, course books and training materials (where applicable)
- 24 hour support and guidance from the volunteer programme staff

When can I come?

Courses are run throughout the year. Please enquire for start dates at each location.

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 have a keen interest in conservation.
You must be over 18 years old and hold a drivers licence (to drive a manual / stick shift vehicle).
In order to receive your final certificate on the 55 day course (not compulsory) and to complete the 55 day course, you must hold an accredited, valid and current first aid certificate. If you do not have a valid certificate then one can be obtained once the course is completed.

Do I need a visa?

Visitors to South Africa and Botswana will need a tourist visa. We can help advise you on this.

What will the weather be like?

During the Southern African summer (October - April) temperatures 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 early morning game drives, with a wide-brimmed hat or cap and loose light clothing for daytime.

About Conservation Travel Africa

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!

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