FGASA Trails Guide

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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Your environmental knowledge, situational awareness and environmental appreciation will increase exponentially while on course, whether you are a career guide working towards a qualification or attending for self-satisfaction and learning.

The aim of this course is to develop and practice skills and gain knowledge to attain the FGASA Trails Guide Back-up qualification. At the same time develop and enhance skills and knowledge learnt on the FGASA Field Guide course.  Your environmental and situational awareness will increase exponentially.

It is also open to anyone who wants experience of, or opportunities for, walking in a wilderness area and improving personal skills. Skills gained on this course can be used anywhere. The course content is the same for everyone, regardless of existing qualifications.

However, if a FGASA Back-up Trails Guide qualification is what you are after, you will have to attain a full FGASA Field Guide qualification before coming on the course.

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 how prepared you are, you could attain an Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) qualification.

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

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1 (full qualification)
  • Rifle Competency Certificate — Have an accredited PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) (was SASSETA) accredited Rifle Proficiency certificate before you arrive on course (www.pftc.co.za). If you need further information on PFTC, please ask for our full PFTC information document
  • Have paid all your FGASA fees (current membership fees and exam fee)

Be prepared to undergo the FGASA ARH qualification. 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.


05 July – 01 August 2019 (Mashatu & Selati)

21 September – 18 October 2019 (Makuleke)

02 – 29 February 2020 (Pridelands and Makuleke)

02 June – 29 June 2020 (Mashatu)

14 July – 10 August 2020 (Makuleke)

06 August – 02 September 2020 (Selati)


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.