Wilderness Guide Training
The Wilderness Leadership School is one of South Africa's oldest and most respected non profit organizations. For over 60 years, we have been using our wilderness trail experiences in “Big Five” Wilderness Areas to reconnect man and nature. We also have a reputation for training some of the best nature guides in the business. We enjoy a zero incident safety record, regular trails for some of the UK's top schools and the Duke Of Edinburgh Awards Service Provider.
For international students the Wilderness Leadership School Wilderness Guide Training Program is an ideal chance to get an African Experience like no other. In addition to the full time training course and time in the field, it is also a time for learning about yourself, an ideal journey for young international gap year students starting out in life.
“Journey within” is a phrase Dr Ian Player used frequently in relation to man's encounter with the wilderness. We learn so much about ourselves by being in the wilderness, engulfed in a natural ecosystem where each and every living thing coexists and interacts in perfect harmony, as though it were a well conducted orchestra. One can’t help but feel a connection with the environment and feel a part of the natural world. Many tell stories of experiencing an “introspective awakening” when in nature. Spending time in the wilderness can change us for the better. It helps us grow. It helps us learn and this is precisely what our International Student program is about.
For International Students, alongside your formal training we also offer:
- Airport transfers and related logistics
- All accommodation, meals and trails associated with full time students
- Cultural interactions and volunteer opportunities tailored to your personal interests.
- The program includes opportunities for personal growth, developing leadership skills, time in the African bush, so definitely not all work no play
- Valuable bush skills including tracking, wilderness leave no trace certification and FGASA accredited nature guide qualification
- Marine guide skills - including snorkelling and helping on marine wildlife surveys
- Assist on our anti Poaching patrols and work in Pilanesberg Game Reserve
For the duration of your time you will be based at our training centre in Durban at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve and in the field in our exclusive concession in the iMfolozi Wilderness Area, one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa. Opportunities to join in our Rhino Anti Poaching projects in Pilanesberg Game Reserve or time on South Africa's Wild Coast can also be packaged into your experience. The important thing, you have an incredible experience and leave a better person!
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