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28-day Safari Guide Course

This is a great course for those who are still deciding if a career as a safari guide is what they want to pursue.

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Bush experience

This course is aimed at those wishing to experience a bush holiday while also learning about the surrounding environment. You will gain excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment during a month spent at one of our wilderness camps, as well as an inside look at what it’s like to be a field guide.

This course, the first of its kind in the safari sector, was created to give participants a window into the daily activities of a safari guide. This short wildlife course is a condensed version of the accredited 55-day Field Guide Course (NQF2) and teaches participants practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment. Participants will learn how to identify and interpret elements of the natural environment.

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What to expect from the 28-day Safari Guide Course

Immersive wilderness experience

Expect an immersive wilderness experience that goes beyond a mere qualification. You will learn about ecology, geology, soils, vegetation identification, birds, tracking, mammals, guiding skills, astronomy, climate, sleep-out, bushcraft, fish, taxonomy, grasses, habitat management, historical human habitation and basic firearm theory.

Gain first-hand experience as a safari guide

This course is an ideal way to gain first-hand experience as a safari guide and to connect with nature while exploring your passions. The course is designed to help you become a custodian of the natural world while learning to decode nature, from reading wildlife tracks to identifying plants and bird calls.

Where the course takes place

The 28-day Safari Guide Course is split between at least two of our EcoTraining Camps in Southern Africa.

The benefits of taking the 28-day Safari Guide Course

By taking this unique wildlife course, you can gain practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment and experience the life and work of a safari guide. You will learn how to identify and interpret elements of the natural environment and understand the techniques and roles of a professional field guide.

This course provides an immersive learning experience that can help you decide if a career as a safari guide is right for you. With this course, you will gain a competitive edge and improve your chances of pursuing your dream career. The course is designed to help you become a custodian of the natural world.

What you can expect to graduate with

Entry level requirements

What to pack

We’ve put together a useful packing list for you so you know what you need to bring on this course. Everything you’ll need to be comfortable and make the most of your time in the African bush.

Course dates

02 September – 29 September 2023 (Mashatu)
07 May – 03 June 2024 (Mashatu)
03 September – 30 September 2024 (Mashatu)

FAQ about the 28-day Safari Guide Course

By taking this unique wildlife course, you can gain practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment and experience the life and work of a safari guide. You will learn how to identify and interpret elements of the natural environment and understand the techniques and roles of a professional field guide.

There are several ways to become a qualified safari guide (also known as a field guide). The 55-day Field Guide Course (NQF2) and the 1-year Professional Field Guide Course cover subjects from geology to the history of human habitation, botany to ecology and animal behaviour.

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From the field on the 28-day Safari Guide Course