For any interested clients or individuals who are passionate about pursuing a career in the African eco-tourism industry, we have compiled a list of FGASA accredited organizations that offer entry-level safari guide training programs. The information provided below is based from a recent survey and the featured companies are those that provided adequate responses to the questions.

https://www.bhejanenaturetraining.com

Maximum number of enrollees per program: Students are enrolled according to an instructor ration. There is a maximum of 9 students to 1 instructor. But it is possible that there may be more than that in classroom sessions. But it will always be maximum of 9:1 for practical training.

Most common age range: 25 – 40

Duration of program(s): Our program durations are: 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 1 year, and 3 years.

Bhejane Nature Training’s response to what sets them apart from the others: We are the only provider that offers a 3-year career course. We offer the most diverse habitats and students experience both Marine and Coastal as well as Forest and Savanna ecosystems while training.

Typical job title upon program completion: Nature Guide, Trails Guide, Marine Guide, Wildlife Monitor, Volunteer Coordinator on Research Programs

Are work placement opportunities offered for graduates within 12 months of completing the program? Yes

Maximum number of enrollees per program: 5 – 10

Most common age range: 18 – 25

Duration of program(s): Local Field Guide Training – 13 weeks

Biome Overland Field Guide Training – 14 weeks

Campfire Academy’s response to what sets them apart from the others:

Local Field Guide Training:

-Wilderness First Aid Level 2 Qualification

-CyberTracker Tracks and Signs Qualification

-Nature Photography 2-day Workshop

-4×4 Driving Skills Course

-Effective Communication and Guest Relations 2-day Workshop

-Reptile and Snake Handling Ranger Course

Biome Overland Field Guide Training:

-Wilderness First Aid Level 2 Qualification

-CyberTracker Tracks and Signs Qualification

-Visiting 5 Southern African Countries and 9 Biomes

Typical job title upon program completion:  Field Guide, Nature Guide, Ranger

Are work placement opportunities offered for graduates within 12 months of completing the program? Work placement is not part of training but is offered upon individual request.

http://www.motsumibush.com

Maximum number of enrollees per program: 5 – 10

Most common age range: 18 – 25

Duration of program(s): 6 – 8 weeks

Motsumi Bush’s response to what sets them apart from the others: We offer an Advanced Track and Sign and an Advanced Birding course.

Typical job title upon program completion: Field Guide NQF2

Are work placement opportunities offered for graduates within 12 months of completing the program? Yes

http://ulovane.co.za

Maximum number of enrollees per program: 10 – 15

Most common age range: 25 – 30

Duration of program(s): We offer courses with various durations: 1 year, 6 months, 19 weeks, 10 weeks, and other specialized courses for existing guides

Ulovane Environmental Training’s response to what sets them apart from the others: The marine guide qualification is very unique and allows our students to explore a lot more than other training providers (field trips, beach, river estuaries, hot spot birding sights, etc.). The marine qualification is hugely beneficial in that it really gives the student so much more knowledge than the average guide. We also have a unique assessment process that almost no other training provider offers. You can find the full information on our website. We also involve our students in our self-sustainability projects at campus. Our campus is green, and we encourage [people] to get involved in doing their bit to help save the planet. Our birding qualification is stunning, and we have some of the most incredible birding sites in South Africa, again it allows our students to explore more (forests, rivers, other game reserves, etc.). Our trainers are all high knowledgeable and we [do] not just follow the FGASA curriculum, we give them presentations, extra projects, public speaking, etc. to do during their time with us. With over 20 years of experience, our passion and love for nature, wildlife, and people surely makes us stand out from the rest.

Typical job title upon program completion:  Junior Guide

Are work placement opportunities offered for graduates within 12 months of completing the program? They try to assist in work placement, however with internationals it is more challenging because “they must have an SA driver’s license and a PDP (public drivers permit) if they are going to guide guests in a vehicle”.

https://www.njmorefieldguidecollege.co.za

Maximum number of enrollees per program: Not more than 16 per intake and a maximum of 8 per trainer

Most common age range: 25 – 30

Duration of program(s): 6 months, plus 6 months placement if criteria are achieved

NJMore Field Guide College’s response to what sets them apart from the others: Emotional intelligence, wildlife blogging, hospitality/team building, and career courses (selection course). It is subsidized in order to recruit high potentials who wish to embark on a career path with MORE.

Typical Job Title Upon Program Completion:  Junior Field Guide

Are Work Placement Opportunities Offered for Graduates Within 12 Months of Completing the Program? Yes

https://africanaturetraining.co.za

Maximum number of enrollees per program: 5 – 10

Most Common Age Range: For the 2-month program, it’s 18 – 25. For the distance learning practical, it’s 30 – 40

Duration of Program(s): 6 – 8 weeks

Africa Nature Training’s response to what sets them apart from the others: Accredited 4×4 training (registered with the Transport Education Training Authority). Access to projects being run by the reserve wildlife department such as elephant collaring, etc.

Typical Job Title Upon Program Completion:  Junior Field Guide

Are Work Placement Opportunities Offered for Graduates Within 12 Months of Completing the Program? No, however they are currently working to develop a work placement program.

https://www.ecotraining.co.za

Maximum number of enrollees per program: 20

Most Common Age Range: 18 – 25

Duration of Program(s): 1 year but a shorter, 2-month course split between 2 reserves is also offered

EcoTraining’s response to what sets them apart from the others: We offer a 1-year professional guide training program that trains students in different reserves and national parks both in South Africa as well as within Botswana. This course currently has an 83% employment rate and provides a 6 months practical placement within the industry. We also provide follow up trails guiding, tracking as well as basic and advanced birding courses to assist guides wanting to specialize within the industry.

Typical Job Title Upon Program Completion: Field Guide or Safari Guide – Depending on the country (East Africa tends to refer to guides as Rangers)

Are Work Placement Opportunities Offered for Graduates Within 12 Months of Completing the Program? Yes