Students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of South Africa’s most experienced guides across a variety of sites that will give them experience of everything Africa has to offer.
A one year course designed to supply the safari industry with high calibre FGASA qualified field guides. This course would also suit those looking to gain the ultimate bush learning experience with the time to dedicate to their passion. Students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of South Africa’s most experienced guides across a variety of sites that will give them experience of everything Africa has to offer.
This one year course offers the ultimate training experience in Field Guiding available. Students will live and work in the African bush and be exposed to diverse ecological and geological terrains, landscapes, wildlife species and much more at wilderness camps in remote places such as the Makuleke Concession (Kruger), Karongwe Reserve, Selati Reserve and Mashatu Reserve in Botswana. These unfenced camps provide a constantly stimulating environment in which to learn, supported by highly qualified and experienced instructors, each with their own unique way of training and guiding that will enhance the overall training experience.
Training will be divided into two distinct parts. For the first four – five months the course concentrates on theoretical and practical training with the highly qualified instructors, which which students will complete various separate certificate courses. Following this is a lodge placement period of between five and six months, which makes up the second half of the course. You will be placed at a lodge where you will work with experienced guides and lodge managers, where they have agreed to mentor you and develop your newly acquired skills. At the end of the course you will not only be qualified but will have also gained substantial working and practical experience.
The camps offer a huge variety of ecology, geology, wildlife and climate giving students all the experience needed to equip them for a successful guiding career.
The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills that will form the bedrock of a successful and inspiring career. This however is only a small part of what the course has to offer; it is only by becoming truly immersed in the bush that a person can develop that feeling of being at home in the wild bush that is the trademark of all great guides.
Students Could Graduate With:
- FGASA Field Guide Level 1 (NQF2)(theory and practical)
- FGASA Trails Guide Back Up (theory and practical)
- Firearm Proficiency Certificate (with a PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) accredited provider)
- Advanced Rifle Handling (FGASA accreditation)
- Animal Tracks and Tracking (FGASA accreditation)
- Basic Birding
- Advanced Birding
- Wilderness Medicine: Level 1 & 2
- Navigation and Orientation
- Lodge Placement Programme