6-month course or 1-year course with 6-month internship/placement subject to meeting specific requirements*

*subject to correct documents being in place

Lay the groundwork for your career as a top guide! You will develop a solid base knowledge and practical skills in interpreting animal behaviour, identifying birds and plants, tracking, astronomy, 4 x 4 driving, and leading safaris in a Big Five territory. All of this, while upholding the ethics of a true conservationist.

This course includes:

  • NQF2 Nature Site Guide (FGASA)
  • FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Mentorship Programme
  •  Rifle competency (PFTC) & FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling
  • Tracks & Signs (by CyberTracker)
  • Trailing
  • Wilderness First Aid Level 2
  • Advanced Birding
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Night Sky Safari Skills
  • Navigation and Orientation
  • 4 x 4 Driving
  • Basic Mechanics
  • Nature Conservation (Principles of Reserve Management & Anti-Poaching)
  • Hospitality Skills (hosting guests on a five-star safari)
  • Emotional Intelligence

1-year course can have the option of a 3- or 6-month Internship – both guarantee work experience/placement, subject to conditions

Kick-start your career with work experience at a high-end safari lodge. We will assist interested graduates with securing work experience/placement – carefully choosing the right partners to match our graduates’ individual career profiles and connecting them with professional networks to establish their careers.

Qualifying requirements:

  • 18 years and older
  • Professional Drivers Permit (PrDP) – South African or international
  • Registration with the National Department of Tourism (NDT) would be to your advantage – possibility of which depends on a graduate’s visa type 
  • Correct documents i.e. VISA being in place

There is an additional cost for the Placement/Internship over and above the course fee

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