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55-day Field Guide Course

This CATHSSETA-accredited course, endorsed by the FGASA, is the prerequisite for field guiding, which includes vehicle-based guiding in both dangerous and non-dangerous game areas.

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Maximum exposure

Be exposed to a variety of natural working conditions at good value for money.

Time on this course is split between at least two of our remote wilderness camps, maximising exposure to different areas, wildlife, biomes and biodiversity.

This course lays the foundation for a career in field guiding (and many other wildlife-related careers), but it is also suitable for anyone wanting to gain knowledge and skills while immersing themselves in nature.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants can apply for the EcoTraining 28-day Trails Guide Course (FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide status) and specialise in “on-foot” guiding.

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What to expect from the 55-day Field Guide Course

A variety of natural working conditions

Thanks to EcoTraining’s vast network, you’ll be exposed to a variety of natural working conditions, allowing you to gain practical experience and put your newfound skills to the test. You’ll cover an exciting range of subjects, including planning 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, and identification and ecology of invertebrates.

Build relationships and connections

As you explore the natural world and delve deeper into the subjects that interest you most, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and build relationships that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re looking to kickstart a career in nature conservation or simply want to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the natural world, this course is the perfect choice.

Where the course takes place

The 55-day Field Guide Course is split between at least two of our EcoTraining Camps in Southern Africa.

The benefits of taking the 55-day Field Guide Course

Imagine being able to turn your passion for nature and wildlife into a fulfilling career – that’s exactly what this FGASA-endorsed, CATHSSETA-accredited course can do for you! As the entry-level qualification for field guiding, this course provides the perfect foundation for anyone looking to explore a career in vehicle-based guiding in both dangerous and non-dangerous game areas.

With this qualification under your belt, you’ll be able to confidently identify and interpret biodiverse elements of the natural environment and conduct game drives for guests in a limited geographical area. The syllabus covers a broad spectrum of subjects, including 4×4 Game Drive vehicle skills specific for game viewing, species identification, and tracking, to name just a few.

But the benefits of this course go far beyond just gaining a qualification. As you split your time between at least two of our remote wilderness camps, you’ll be immersed in a world of breathtaking natural beauty, with exposure to different areas, wildlife, biomes and biodiversity. And as you learn from highly qualified instructors and connect with like-minded individuals, you’ll also develop the confidence and skills you need to succeed in your future career.

Certification & accreditation

We will assist you by registering you with FGASA and CATHSSETA.

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 with you on this course. What kind of clothing, gear, bedding, toiletries and shoes you’ll need to be comfortable and make the most of your time in the African bush. No need to guess or overpack.

Course dates

17 April – 10 June 2024 (Karongwe & Pridelands) 
14 May – 07 July 2024 (Selati & Pridelands) 
10 June – 03 August 2024 (Mashatu & Karongwe) 
04 July – 27 August 2024 (Mashatu & Pridelands) 
03 August – 26 September 2024 (Karongwe & Pridelands) 
11 October – 04 December 2024 (Selati & Mashatu) 

FAQ about the 55-day Field Guide Course

A field guide links the natural and cultural surroundings with the guests, taking on an educational role. Guides, as the name suggests, guide guests through nature, whether by vehicle, canoe, horseback, or on foot. It is a guide’s job to explain some of the remarkable secrets hidden within the natural environment and to act as a link between the guests and nature. A field guide course teaches students how to conduct a game drive in dangerous and non-dangerous wildlife areas.

This course provides the perfect foundation for anyone looking to explore a career in vehicle-based guiding in both dangerous and non-dangerous game areas. With this qualification under your belt, you’ll be able to confidently identify and interpret biodiverse elements of the natural environment and conduct game drives for guests in a limited geographical area.

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From the field on the 55-day Field Guide Course