56-Day Nature Guiding Course

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This CATHSSETA accredited & FGASA endorsed course is the entry level qualification for field guiding. The course encompasses vehicle-based guiding in dangerous and non-dangerous game areas. Once qualified, the guide will be able to conduct guided game drives in a limited geographical area. 

Knowledge and skills learned on the course will equip the guide to interpret the natural environment and its biodiversity of elements for guests. 

Although this course will form the foundation for a career in field guiding and many other wildlife orientated careers, it is suitable for any nature-loving person wanting to build up their own personal knowledge and skills. Upon successful completion of this course, learners have the option to build on their careers by completing further courses and qualifications such as Trails Guiding through the Nature College.

WHAT MAKES THIS COURSE DIFFERENT?

Unlike most courses, this course is not presented in a limited geographical area. Learners entering this course will get the opportunity to travel and to experience different biomes of South Africa. The main part of the course is presented on a private game reserve near the Little Karoo town of Ladismith, a mere 325 km from Cape Town. 

After initial training and a First Aid course, learners will take part in a 3-week study tour. The tour will expose them to guiding in biomes such as the Succulent Karoo, Nama Karoo, Fynbos and Savannah biomes.

Two weeks of the study tour will be spent on a well-known Big 5 Reserve. During this time learners get the opportunity to do game drives and walking safaris in a dangerous game area where animals such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, lions and more can be encountered on foot. A thrilling experience adding to all the excitement of this tour, are sleep-out evenings under the stars in this wilderness area. 

For the tracking part of the course, learners have the privilege of working with J.J. Minye, one of the most experienced and one of only a handful of Master Trackers in South Africa. 

COURSE DURATION & DATES

The course comprises of 56 days of training with highly qualified instructors and assessors. The training and assessment includes theoretical and practical components. Learners will experience different biomes of South Africa during the course and the study tour.

ARRIVAL: Saturday 15h00 – 23 January 2021 at main venue.

DEPARTURE: Saturday 10h00 – 20 March 2021 from main venue.

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GRADUATE WITH

  1. CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide (NQF 2) Qualification.
  2. FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Certificate.
  3. Cyber Tracker Track & Sign Level 1 Certificate. 
  4. The Nature College Certificate of Participation.
  5. First Aid Level 1 Certificate.

Take note that qualifications are only issued upon successful completion of both the theoretical and practical components.

COURSE COST

2021 Rate per person: R 78 400,00

RATE INCLUDES

  • 15 % VAT
  • Accommodation at all venues
  • Meals
  • Instructors & Training
  • Prescribed handbooks – The Nature Guide by Johan Fourie and Tracks & Tracking by Louis Liebenberg
  • Course workbook with assignments
  • Examination & Practical assessments
  • Registration & first year membership with FGASA
  • First Aid Course
  • Access to Nature College on-site library study books 
  • Study tour & transfers on tour 
  • All scheduled activities during study tour

RATE EXCLUDES:

  • Any accommodation before and after the course
  • Transfers to and from the course
  • Beverages (Beers, ciders, soft drinks) and personal items
  • NDT (National Department of Tourism) registration