Nature guide training in South Africa

  • Nature guide training
  • From age 18
  • From 4 to 52 weeks
  • Intermediate English
  • South Africa
  • From €4490

Thanks to a program that combines theory and on-the-job training in the South African bush, you can become a professional nature guide. The complete training program consists of several modules spread over a year. You'll develop skills in tracking, photography and knowledge of the flora and fauna... From discovery to diploma, there's something for everyone. All selected missions here

Nature courses in the heart of the bush in South Africa

  • 28-day course to learn the basics of safari and trail guiding, and of course improve your skills and knowledge of the environment. 
  • The 55-day Level 1 Field Guide course offers more advanced content than the previous course. It is essential for those wishing to start a career as a guide. The course is also open to nature lovers who want to take part as part of a gap year, an internship, etc. 
  • A one-year professional training course leading to a diploma, specially designed for those wishing to enter the safari market, but also for all those wishing to develop their knowledge of the African bush. This formula consists of theoretical training in 2 different reserves over a period of around 6 months, enabling participants to experience as many different situations as possible. Participants go out 2 times a day, the first from 5/6am to 10/11am and the second from 4pm to 8pm, to observe the nocturnal life of the savannah. To learn tracking techniques, the students will also go out on foot in the field. Following this training, an internship will be held in a lodge to test everyone's guiding skills under the supervision of experienced guides and managers.

Certifications obtained at the end of the complete training course

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1
  • Nature Site Guide NQF2 (CATHSSETA) qualification and FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Certificate
  • Firearm Proficiency Certificate
  • FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling
  • FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Status
  • EcoTracker Track and Sign Certificate
  • EcoTracker Trailing Certificate
  • FGASA Tracker Certificate
  • Basic and Advanced Birding
  • Wilderness Medicine (Level 1 and 2)

Nature guide training opportunities

The partner association calls on a pioneering organization in nature guide training in Africa. After completing the 52-week training course, you will be able to :

  • Project coordinator
  • Nature animator
  • Protected site manager
  • Tour guide
  • Project manager, environmental studies
  • Developer
  • 4 weeks: 4490 euros
  • 8 weeks: 7790 euross
  • 1 year: €23,590 

What's included

  • Accommodation in one of the organization's camps, depending on the course chosen. 
  • Hosting for 1 year
  • All meals during practical training (6 months)
  • Training by a qualified team
  • Recognized diplomas and certificates

The partner association

Le partenaire is a 1901 association registered in France, whose mission is to encourage participation in ethical and sustainable development projects. It connects NGOs, social action associations and government structures with volunteers. It promotes solidarity and participative travel. The partner is a certified WYSE Travel Confederation Member. WYSE is a global non-profit organization representing youth and student travel stakeholders worldwide. It is also a member of the AFNOR commission for the development of the international standard on responsible tourism, a member of the International Mobility Committee, certified as an Australian specialist, accredited by the international group ICEF, a member of EAIE (European Center of Expertise, Networking and Resources for the Internationalization of Higher Education) and a member of the travel4impact Network. All missions with Freepackers

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