EcoTraining Trails Guide (FGASA)

FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide status

Explore the wilderness of the majestic Makuleke Concession in the famed Kruger National Park or Mashatu in the Northern Tuli Reserve in Botswana on foot, on a 28-day Trails Guide course (FGASA-accredited), where the majority of your time will be spent conducting bush walks in big game country.

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This FGASA endorsed course aims to develop and practice skills and gain knowledge to attain the EcoTraining Trails Guide qualificatio (FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Status). At the same time enhance skills and knowledge learnt on the EcoTraining Field Guide Course. Environmental knowledge, situational awareness and environmental appreciation will increase exponentially while on course, whether your interests are as a career guide working towards a qualification or for self-satisfaction and learning. The Apprentice Trails Guide Status is the stepping stone in the process for guides to acquire their Lead Trails Guide qualification.  Participants considering acquiring their FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Status need to have attained their FGASA NQF2 Apprentice Field Guide certificate before enrolment onto this programme.

Participants need to be prepared to undergo the FGASA ARH qualification, which is a pre-requisite for the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide status. Please note we offer limited training as part of the course, hence any rifle training you can do beforehand, will go a long way in giving you confidence with the rifle or alternatively attain the FGASA ARH prior to arrival on course.  Where this is achieved, you will still have an opportunity for further your drills training and time on the rifle range.

FGASA Trails Guide EcoTraining Kruger Park


  • Introduction to trails guide course
  • Navigation and orientation
  • Tracks and tracking
  • Walking in dangerous game country
  • Situational awareness
  • Approaching dangerous game on foot
  • Dangerous game knowledge and behaviour
  • Animal behaviour
  • Birding and bird identification
  • Rifle handling for dangerous game
  • Weapon handling, safety and ballistics
  • Possible: two-day navigational hike and sleep-out

Course Length

28 days


    Age: 18+
  • able-bodied
  • able to walk at least 2km
  • for a qualification: Field Guide Level 1 and Firearm Proficiency Certificate are required.
  • Firearm proficiency is also required for practical walking, holding a rifle and to partake in the Advanced Rifle Handling activity (for a learning experience only, the above does not apply).

Who Is This For?

    Field Guide Level 1 graduates
  • to gain further qualifications for a guiding career
  • for anyone who loves to spend time on foot in the African wilderness
FGASA Trails Guide EcoTraining Kruger Park Makuleke

Our winning formula

EcoTraining’s local rates are positioned for local citizens to access our training, and to ensure career development and employment in the safari industry.

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice daily. You will be trained on two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match the variety of training environments or frequency of practical activities that we offer.


We offer basic rifle handling training as part of the course and, depending on how prepared you are, you could attain an Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) qualification.

To attain the ARH qualification, as well as the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide status presented on this course, you must have the following:

  • Full FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Certificate (NQF2)
  • Have an accredited PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) (was SASSETA) accredited Rifle Proficiency certificate before you arrive on the course ( If you need further information on PFTC, please ask for our full PFTC information document
  • Have paid all your FGASA fees (current membership fees, moderation fees, and exam fee)
  • FGASA ARH Certificate (or be prepared to undergo the FGASA ARH qualification prior to the course).

Please note we offer limited training as part of the course, hence any rifle training you can do beforehand, will go a long way in giving you confidence with the rifle.


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14 April – 11 May 2022 Kuduland

04 June – 01 July 2022 Selati

27 October – 29 October 2022 Kuduland

14 May – 10 June 2023 Kuduland

04 June – 01 July 2023 Botswana

31 July – 27 August 2023 Pridelands

03 September – 30 September 2023 Kuduland