28-day Nature Guiding Course

14 January – 10 February 2024 6 October – 2 November 2024 About this Course The course will be presented at the world-renowned Buffelsdrift Game Reserve near Oudtshoorn. Attending a course on a working game reserve offers the student the opportunity to see first-hand what the hospitality industry entails and what can be expected once […]

40-day Nature Guiding Course

14 January – 24 February 2024 6 October – 16 November 2024 ABOUT THIS COURSE The course will be presented at the world-renowned Buffelsdrift Game Lodge near Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. Attending a course on a working game reserve offers the student the opportunity to experience first-hand what the hospitality industry entails and what can be […]

Trails Guide qualification

The Nature College Trails Guide theory and practical selection training (1 month), is designed to produce a skilled Trails Guide. One who would be prepared for the demands of specialised trails operations conducted in Dangerous Game Areas. Phase 1 consists of theory training cycle. Firearms and Weapon handling (PFTC proficiency grading unit standards) and Advanced […]

Johan Fourie, a beginning

Johan Fourie started his conservation career in the early 1980’s as a trails ranger, doing duty for 4 years on the Wolhuter and Olifants Trails in the Kruger National Park . After that he progressed into the field of environmental education, social ecology, and later back to wildlife management, where he was responsible for developing […]

Thank you…

Kobus, Are you still training at The Nature College? I sincerely hope so, because if you can touch and mould young lives as you did mine, society is growing greater. I just want to take a moment out of my day to say thank you so much. I was quite a quiet and timid student, […]

Student feedback

In 2014 I did a short modular course/workshop at The Nature College. The modules and books were sent to me in the post while I was still working in the Lowveld and later on I came to do a two week workshop and practical. I passed with flying colours and after that had major difficulty […]

Hop on Guides for Bwabwata National Park, Namibia

Johan Fourie spent 7 days in the Bwabwata National Park at Nambwa Tented Lodge. Training commenced to evaluate 5 local conservancy members. The main goal is to empower these students with the skills to act as guides for self drive guests to the park. These guides will be available as Hop on Guides at the park entrance. […]


This year, the full moons of October, November and December all take place when the moon is at its closest point of approach in its orbit around Earth — a so-called supermoon. The next supermoon will be November’s full Beaver Moon, which is expected to reach the peak of its full phase on the morning […]

Sanbona excursions

Sanbona Excurions for The Nature College Students Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town along Route 62. At the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts Cape Fold Mountains, Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art. With great […]