Specialised Nature Guiding Course

32-Day Specialised Nature Guiding Course will be presented by Nature College Namibia on the beautiful 12 000 hectare Kalakwa Game Reserve, a mere 120 km from Windhoek.

Course Date: 14 January 2021 to 14 February 2021.

Course Overview

The course syllabus for the NQF 2 qualification is based on South African National Skills Program standards. A Cyber Tracker Track and Sign qualification is an additional certificate from Cyber Tracker and the First Aid qualification is an industry standard. 

  • NQF 2 guiding qualification.
  • Cyber Tracker Track and Sign qualification.
  • First Aid Class A qualification.

Venue

The course will be presented on the beautiful Kalakwa Game Reserve which is situated only 120 km from Windhoek. This 12 000 hectare game reserve forms part of the world-renowned Aru Game Lodges and offers the visitor a variety of landscapes, habitat types and an abundance of wildlife. Students will get the opportunity to see a wide variety of plains game, an abundance of bird species and maybe an elusive leopard or cheetah. Students are accommodated in luxury twin-bed tented accommodation and will have access to other lodge amenities such as laundry services, a full cash bar and a swimming pool. 

Course structure

The course will start with a 3 –Day First Aid course which will be presented by an accredited Medical Services Training Provider on the premises. This is a qualification required within the guiding industry and we believe in doing First Aid Training during the guiding course where practical work can be done in the field.  

The second part of the course includes nature studies and guiding skills for the Nature Guiding qualification. For this part of the course, students will attend lectures on a daily basis and also have practical field excursions on a daily basis. They will also work on assignments leading up to their final preparations for practical assessments and theoretical exams. Subjects for this qualification include the following:

  • History of guiding 
  • Guiding Skills
  • Geology
  • Climatology
  • Astronomy
  • Taxonomy
  • Kingdom Fungi
  • Kingdom Plantae
  • Grasses
  • Plant processes
  • Conservation in Namibia
  • Namibian Biomes
  • Ecology
  • Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
  • Class Insecta (Insects)
  • Class Amphibia (Amphibians)
  • Class Reptilia (Reptiles)
  • Class Osteichthyes (Bony Fish)
  • Class Aves (Birds)
  • Class Mammalia (Mammals)
  • Animal behaviour
  • Vehicles
  • Field Skills
  • Treatment of bites & stings
  • Heritage Guiding

The course will end with a final week of Cyber Tracker training. During this training students are taught how to identify and interpret different tracks and signs in the bush and will receive a Cyber Tracker certificate after successful completion. Tracking is an essential skill that enhances any guided experience.

Included in the course Fee

  • Student registration fee
  • Student Workbook
  • Handbook – ‘The Nature Guide Namibia’ by J. Fourie
  • Handbook – Photographic Guide to Tracks by L. Liebenberg
  • All lectures and practical field work for guiding and tracking qualifications
  • First Aid Course
  • Practical Assessments (All three course components)
  • Written Examinations
  • CATHSSETA Registration (South Africa)
  • Certificates for qualifications achieved
  • 32 x Night Accommodation at Kalakwa
  • All meals
  • Laundry service
  • Vehicle for practical field studies

Cost

(Namibian Dollars) N$ 48 000-00 per person – contact us for more information and registration forms