WHY DO THE COURSE?
This comprehensive and unique one-year course has been designed to supply the safari industry with high-calibre FGASA- and CATHSSETA-qualified professional field guides. This course is, however, not only available to people wishing to enter the industry for a career as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African bush.
It also offers a uniquely well-rounded gap year combining facets from accredited environmental education, to a depth and breadth of life skills, to adventure and inspiration – all rolled out in our camps in Africa’s wilderness.
Whether you imagine yourself to be a game ranger – managing a conservation and wildlife game reserve, or a forest ranger working in a protected park in your country, or a safari guide giving your guests an interpretative game drive, a course of this depth of experience and learning will give you the footing you need for these inspirational careers.
For half of the course you will be exposed to diverse ecological and geological terrains, landscapes, all wildlife species and so much more, at our wilderness camps in big game areas such as Makuleke (northern Kruger National Park), Karongwe Game Reserve, Selati Game Reserve and Mashatu Game Reserve (Botswana).
For the remainder of the course, you will be placed at lodges so that you can work with experienced guides and managers, to learn with and from them. At the end of the year you will therefore not only be comprehensively qualified, but will also have gained valuable practical experience in the lodge industry.