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Field Guide
Are you?

  • passionate about nature, wildlife, conservation and the environment?

  • a person who can live in remote places?

  • a person with good communication skills?

  • fit and healthy?

  • observant?

  • calm under pressure?

  • a person with an upbeat, positive attitude?

  • a person who enjoys being around people?

What does a Field Guide do?  A safari/nature/field guide…

  • delivers a world-class game viewing experience on foot or a 4x4 safari vehicle

  • delights guests in the bush while hosting them

  • shares fascinating facts about the animals and environment with their guests

  • identifies animal tracks and trails wildlife with the guests

  • facilitates an intimate yet safe connection between the guests and the wildlife

  • is always prepared for a potentially dangerous wildlife encounter 

Why do the course?

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 while on this course, whether you are a career guide working towards a qualification or attending for self-satisfaction and learning.

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

Some theoretical and practical subjects covered on the course

  • Introduction to Trails Guiding

  • Navigation and Orientation

  • Situational Awareness

  • Animal Behavior

  • Animal Tracks and Tracking

  • Bird Identification and Behavior

  • Dangerous Game Knowledge & Behavior

  • Walking in Dangerous Game Country

  • Approaching Dangerous Game on Foot

  • Rifle Handling for Dangerous Game

  • Weapons Handling, Safety and Ballistics

  • Possible 2 day navigational hike and sleep-out

Certification and Accreditation

EcoTraining Back-up Trails Guide/ ARH Certificate and FGASA Back-up Trails Guide/ ARH Qualification

If you want to attain the FGASA Trails Guide back-up qualification as well as the Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) qualification presented on this course, you must:

  • Have a full FGASA Level 1 Field Guide qualification (inclusive of a First Aid qualification)

    • Have an accredited PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) (was SASSETA) accredited Rifle Proficiency certificate before you arrive on course (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 a rifle.

Career Fields

  • Field Guide (otherwise referred to as: Nature Guide; Safari Guide)

  • Researcher

  • Wildlife photographer/videographer (additional photography course necessary)

  • Conservation programmes

Course Rates

2017 Rate per person [28 days]

R35 500 (no VAT payable)

2018 Rate per person [28 days]

R 38 500 (no Vat payable)

Rate includes:

·       Accommodation (sharing)

·       Meals

·       Tea/coffee and cordials

·       Instruction and training

·       Game walks

·       Open vehicle game drives

·       Sleep outs/ additional activities
Rate excludes:

·       Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course

·       Any accommodation before and after the course

·       Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)

·       Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at Makuleke Camp)

·       All FGASA fees (exam, assessments and workbooks)

·       Border crossing fee (only applicable if the course is at Mashatu Camp

Course Dates

Arrival for any of the below courses is 14h00 on the first day, with departure at 9h00 on the last day.

2017 Dates 2018 Dates
07 July – 03 August (Mashatu) 23 June – 20 July (Makuleke)
06 October – 02 November (Makuleke) 15 July – 11 August (Mashatu)

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