Training as a safari guide

6th June 2015

Landy parked up in the fever tree forest

The supplier of our professional safari guide course writes that safari guides are so inspired by nature, they can’t help inspiring others.

Enrol on a One Year Professional Field Guide course and make Safari Guiding a career or an educational and unique gap year / career break experience. The course provides a nature-based educational adventure for school leavers and those of any age seeking new perspectives in life.

Where will you do it

In real wilderness areas teeming with wildlife. When sleeping you hear the snap of branches under the elephants weight, hyenas whoop in the distance, the “sawing” contact call of a leopard and nightjars calling close by. The first four to five months of theoretical and practical training (bush walks and game drives) will take place at four unfenced tented bush camps in Africa’s magical wilderness areas, including the Makuleke camp in the pristine and untouched northern Kruger Park.

The following five to six months will be at a lodge where you will work with experienced guides and lodge managers, mentoring you and developing your newly acquired skills. Over the course of the year you will be exposed to diverse ecological and geological terrains, landscapes, wildlife species and so much more.


Jomi and Ulrica watching elephants walkking through the Makuleke camp

© Jomi Krobb

What you will learn

  • Introduction to guiding in the natural environment
  • Basic bush and survival skills
  • Wilderness medicine
  • Geology and basic ecology
  • Basic taxonomy
  • Mammals and animal behaviour
  • Interrelationships of all species
  • Reptiles and fish
  • Birds
  • Animal tracks and tracking
  • Approaching dangerous animals
  • Rifle handling
  • Basic vehicle mechanics and maintenance
  • Conservation and communities
  • Guest communication and interaction
  • and much more… email for the full details.

You could graduate with

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1 (theory and practical)
  • FGASA Trails Guide Back Up (theory and practical)
  • Firearm Proficiency Certificate (with a SASSETA accredited provider)
  • Advanced Rifle Handling (FGASA accreditation)
  • Animal Tracks and Tracking (FGASA accreditation)
  • Basic Birding
  • Advanced Birding
  • Wilderness Medicine: Level 1 & 2
  • Navigation and Orientation
  • Lodge Placement Programme

Get involved

Read parts one and two of this the part series: Why become a safari guide?

Check out the professional safari guide course particulars here or email for further information. Places remain on the following courses in 2015: 2 August, 1 September, 2 October.

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