FGASA Field Guide

Every minute of your 55 days on this course will be a learning experience, as you are constantly exposed to the bush. It covers a broad spectrum of subjects, using a mix of formal lectures as well as time out in the field.

“I completed the FGASA Level 1 course at Nakavango camp last week. Had a fantastic time and learned a great deal. Mark Gunn is an absolutely fantastic teacher. Incredible knowledge and very fluent way of teaching. Couldn't have had a better person there for us. This course has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities and knowledge to continue exploring.”
Daan Hendricks — February 2015
Course participants in the wild, learning about elephants

Course participants in the wild, learning about elephants

Why do the course?

Although this course forms the foundation for a career in field guiding (and many other wildlife-orientated careers), many participants sign up for this course for a gap year experience or extended bush holiday. 

The course offers a solid base of knowledge and practical skills for careers across the world in the environmental and wildlife sectors.  Forest or park rangers in America would be able to apply the universal principals of ecology, ecosystems, animal behaviour; astronomy, guest interaction; conservation principals and more, as would wildlife and park rangers in Germany or Britain. 

For a gap year, you would walk away with a unique wealth of knowledge that will remain with you for life. Every time you enter a natural environment anywhere in the world, you will understand its fascinating web of life, be able to identify species and feel that much more connected to nature.  Add to that the wonderful friendships and bonds made by living with like-minded people from South Africa and all over the world, sharing a close-knit camp and experiencing the adrenaline and peace that comes with the wild. 


  • Planning of game drives and walks
  • Navigation and orientation
  • Radio procedures
  • Ecology
  • Reptiles
  • Geology and soil
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Weather and climate
  • Anticipating animal behaviour
  • Plant communities
  • Career opportunities
  • Plant identification and uses
  • Identification and ecology of invertebrates



2017 R64 950

2018 R69 800


2017 R76 900

2018 R89 000

Our winning formula

This course not only offers excellent value for money, but also opportunity. You will be exposed to a variety of natural working conditions because of EcoTraining’s vast network.

Certification and accreditation of course

FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) – EcoTraining is a FGASA-endorsed training provider that is accredited by CATHSSETA. We will assist you by registering you with FGASA. FGASA will automatically register you with CATHSSETA.

PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) – Firearm proficiency training will take place on the first two days of course during orientation. This training is facilitated by a PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) accredited training provider and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded with a firearm proficiency certificate.

Course dates

2 June-26 July 2017 (Karongwe & Selati)

4 July-27 August 2017 (Karongwe & Selati)

2 August-25 September 2017 (Zimbabwe)

6 October-29 November 2017 (Makuleke & Selati)

5 January-28 February 2018 (Karongwe & Selati)

10 March- 3 May 2018 (Karongwe & Selati)

12 April-5 June 2018 (Mashatu & Selati)

6 May-29 June 2018 (Karongwe & Selati)

2 July-25 August 2018 (Selati & Karongwe)

12 August-5 October (Stanley & Livingstone)

8 September-1 November 2018 (Selati & Karongwe)

4 October-27 November 2018 (Selati)

You could walk away with ...

Participants will have the opportunity to attempt their EcoTraining and FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by our instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at our camps, during the course.

Online study options

If you would like to prepare for your time in the bush on an EcoTraining course, Wildlife Campus is an established, reputable and accredited online and offline distance learning provider, and has been offering wildlife-related, natural science and ecotourism courses since 1999. Visit its website for the online course as a pre-study option.