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Safari Guide course | 55 days

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2019: R91,999 | Approx £5,220

Start dates 2019

  • 24 February – 19 April 2019 | Course takes place in Pridelands, Karongwe & Mashatu Game Reserves FULL
  • 07 April – 31 May 2019 | Course takes place in Selati & Karongwe 1 space remaining
  • 10 June – 03 August Course takes place in Selati & Karongwe
  • 10 July – 02 September 2019 | Course takes place in Pridelands & Selati
  • 6 October – 29 November 2019 | Course takes place in Mara Training Centre and Borana (Kenya)
  • 11 October – 04 December 2019 | Course takes place in Karongwe, Pridelands & Makuleke FULL


  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • FGASA fees
  • 1 night’s stay in Jo’burg on arrival
  • 1 transfer to camp

Camp locations:

  • Karongwe Game Reserve – South Africa
  • Selati Game Reserve – South Africa
  • Pridelands Game Reserve – Limpopo – South Africa,
  • Makuleke – Northern Kruger National Park – South Africa
  • Mashatu Game Reserve – Tuli Block – Botswana
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More about the 55 day FGASA Level 1/NQF2 Safari Guide (or Nature Guide Training Course)

Safari Guide Training students viewing elephant in Botswana's Tuli Block. Afreco Tours & EcoTraining.Experience the African Bush and its wildlife and landscapes from a different perspective whilst training to be a Safari Field Guide for 2 months! You will be training in the heart of wild Savannah – the perfect learning environment.

Take the FGASA exams or simply enjoy your 2 months in the African bush experiencing and learning about its beauty and abundant wildlife – this is a great bush adventure.

Accommodation facilities and game reserves are truly authentic, with as little clutter to dilute the relationship between nature and learners as possible.

While learners are at the camps, we want them to co-exist in the environment, when sleeping we want them to hear elephants browsing on leaves and night-jars call right outside the tents at night. It is all about the bush.

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mashatu_safari_guide_students_ecotraining_botswanaThe course is structured to maximize the practical experience of our learners in the bush. Each day allows for hours of time spent in the field interpreting the ecology and enjoying a wildlife experience. Activities alternate between walks and driving. Lecture time follows after brunch, which involves topical instruction (lectures) and discussion on the subject of the day (see list below). This is followed by time for self study for the learners.

Learner participation in the care of the camp, equipment and vehicle will be expected. Learners will be expected to pay attention to the needs of fellow learners and to work in teams at times.

The FGASA level 1 course is structured to maximize the practical experience of the students in the bush. Each day allows for hours of time spent in the field interpreting the ecology and enjoying a wildlife experience. Activities alternate between walks and driving.

Leopard_tracksThe following list of subjects is covered during this course:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Introduction to guiding in nature
  • Creating a guided nature experience
  • Geology and soils
  • Astronomy
  • Weather and climate
  • Ecology
  • Taxonomy
  • Introduction to the biomes of southern Africa
  • Botany and grasses
  • Vegetation identification

Additional activities & Learning:

  • 4WD for Game Viewing
  • Sleep out in the bush
  • Fire Arm theory and practical shooting
  • Arthropods (Insects and relatives)
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal behaviour
  • Tracks and tracking
  • Radio procedures
  • Conservation management and historical human habitation
  • Habitat management
  • Bush camps


“Just want to thank you for all your help and advise for booking the FGASA level 1 – 55 days course.

I had an amazing time both at Selati and Makuleke camp.

 The knowledge of all the instructors about the bush was enormous and I never thought that I could learn so much in just 55 days. We had a drive and a walk every day, discussing everything the bush has to offer. I have seen the big 5 multiple times, which made it very special! The standard of the accommodation and organization was great and the remoteness of especially the Makuleke camp was unique. 

Thank you again, I had the most amazing time. Can’t wait to go back to the bush!


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Total Payment Protection (topp) Policy cover:

In compliance with The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, an insurance policy has been arranged with Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (t&g), to protect customers’ prepayments in the unlikely event of our financial failure, and paid in respect of:

• non-flight inclusive packages commencing and returning to the UK
• the ground handling aspects of packages where the customer is responsible for arranging travel to the destination offered on this website
• non-ATOL flight inclusive packages sold to customers outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)
• a refund of such prepayments if customers have not yet travelled, or
• making arrangements to enable the holiday to continue if customers have already travelled
• repatriation of customers as may be applicable, subject to the terms of the insurance policy.

Customers’ prepayments are protected by a topp policy.

In the unlikely event of financial failure please contact the claims helpline on 01702 811397. A copy of the policy is available on request.

This policy is provided by Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (t&g), registered number 02527363 and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited (Hiscox), registered number 00070234. t&g and Hiscox are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (number 113849)

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