Projects Abroad | Wildlife Conservation

South Africa: 60 – day Safari Guide Course

South Africa

Description

Location: South Africa

Duration: 60 days commitment

Start Dates: see Costs section

Price: £7,175 GBP. Check the Costs tab for further information.

  • Includes: All food, accommodation, pre-departure orientation & training and all project related activities
  • Does not include: Flights, airport pickup, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Highlights:

  • Awake each morning to the chorus of birds. Fall asleep each night hearing the distant roar of a lion. Welcome to the Lowveld. Welcome to your safari career.
  • This course is a condensed version of our flagship Professional Field Guide Course – offering essential theoretical knowledge and practical experience to students who wish to start a career as a field guide or have a life-changing safari experience.
  • Classroom-based learning will take place in the camp, led by our experienced trainers, including industry experts and award-winning field guides.
  • In just two months, you can become a FGASA Apprentice Field Guide, with additional qualifications in CyberTracker Track and Sign, Wilderness First Aid and Reptile Handling. You’ll be more than equipped to enter this competitive industry.
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Introduction

You’re looking to start a career in conservation or ecotourism. You have two months to spend in the African bush, learning everything you can about nature. Immerse yourself in the African bushveld and get a glimpse of what a career as a field guide might offer. If you only have two months to spend, you’re in the right place with our 60-day Safari Guide course.

This course is hosted on the beautiful and well-appointed campuses, which are based on private game reserves within a 60-kilometre radius of Kruger National Park, in South Africa.

This area is known for its close access to the Greater Kruger complex. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many endangered and threatened species. By training in this region, you will gain first-person experience in this ecosystem and get to know its living and nonliving components very well.

Our project partner has built a reputation as a leading training provider in the safari industry and offers one of the most comprehensive practical courses available. The aim of the course is to provide a well-rounded and specialised education, and is specifically developed to provide vocational skills and qualifications required by employers in the Southern African region.

We are endorsed by the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), the South Africa Qualifications Board, and accredited by the Culture Art Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). All students are taught by professional guides and instructors, with some having trained through us. All additional qualifications are attained through accredited training providers.

In 60 days of hands-on practical training and classroom-based learning, you can earn these essential guiding certificates:

1. CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide (NQF 2)

2. FGASA Apprentice Field Guide

3. 60-day Safari Guide Certificate

4. Cybertracker Track and Sign qualification

5. Wilderness First Aid

6. Reptile Handling

At the end of the two months, you will become a fully qualified safari guide, ready to enter this competitive industry as a graduate.

Daily Life

You will spend 59 nights and 60 days in the pristine African bushveld. You’ll gain invaluable in-person experience as you walk or drive through the bush – observing animal behaviour, identifying plant, animal and bird species, and learning from the best.

A typical day will start with coffee and rusks, followed by a morning game drive or walk. You’ll then have brunch in our communal dining area, followed by a lecture and then an afternoon activity. Dinner is either in the dining area again, or around an open fire (or braai). You might have a little down time, but as this is an abbreviated course we try not to slow down!

05:30–07:00

Meet in the kitchen for tea/coffee rusks, cereal and fruit, before departing for the morning activity, either a walk or a drive

11:00

Brunch

12:00

Classroom-based lectures or activities

15:00

Afternoon activity, either a walk or a drive

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Travel & Accommodation

Accommodation is in shared rooms with shared bathroom facilities at the field station 2-3 people per room – we try and keep these same sex but on the odd occasion you may need to share with someone from the opposite sex when there are odd numbers, this will be communicated with you in advance. There is hot water available for showers. Flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share general cleaning duties around the base and are responsible for their own rooms. Wifi is available at the accommodation.

Daily game drives and bush walks will take place in Big Five territory, where you’ll observe animals in their natural habitat. You’ll learn to drive a 4×4 safari vehicle and conduct a guided experience.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 60 days commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Signed medical form
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.

No specific skills required, participants need to be passionate about wildlife and wish to pursue a career in Field Guiding or Eco-Tourism.

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Costs

Duration: 60 days

Price: £7,175 GBP

Start dates :

  • 10 April 2023
  • 08 July 2023
  • 25 September 2023

What’s Included:

  • 59 nights’ accommodation
  • Meals (cereal, lunch and dinner)
  • Tea/coffee and juice (freely available)
  • FGASA apprentice theory exam
  • FGASA assessment and moderation fees
  • FGASA manuals, workbooks and study material
  • Wilderness First Aid course
  • Reptile Handling course
  • CyberTracker Track and Sign assessment
  • Game drives and bush walks
  • Classroom sessions
  • Dangerous game experience
  • Ethical guiding principles
  • Access to qualified trainers and assessors
  • Laundry (conditions apply)
  • Free limited internet access

Certificates:

In 60 days of hands-on practical training and classroom-based learning, you can earn these essential guiding certificates:

1. CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide (NQF 2)

2. FGASA Apprentice Field Guide

3. 60-day Safari Guide Certificate

4. Cybertracker Track and Sign qualification

5. Wilderness First Aid

6. Reptile Handling

At the end of the two months, you will become a fully qualified safari guide, ready to enter this competitive industry as a Bushwise graduate. For our international students, all you need to join this course is a visitor’s visa! This is usually issued for 90 days on arrival in South Africa. Chat to our enrollment team to learn more.

What’s Not Included:

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers to and from the campus
  • Uniform
  • Additional reference books
  • Add-on courses: Advanced Rifle Handling, Apprentice Trails Guide course and additional modules

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