Safari guide level 1 course, 55 days

Students are shown a baobab flower by their instructor

Course information

If you intend becoming a Field Guide or pursuing any other career within the wildlife industry, the FGASA accredited Field Guide Level 1 course is for you. Every minute of this 55 day programme will be a learning experience, being submerged in nature and constantly exposed to the African bush. The course covers a broad spectrum of subjects in the form of daily lectures and practical activities, out in the field.

Daily morning and evening activities, alternate between game walks and game drives. Midday lectures involve topical instruction and discussion, on the subject or game encounter of the day. This is followed by personal study time and relaxation.

Training will be split between two of our wilderness camps, maximizing exposure to different areas, wildlife, biomes and biodiversity. The course is also available at our Zimbabwe camp just ten kilometres from Victoria Falls.

Why do this course?

Although this course forms the foundation for a career in field guiding (and many other wildlife orientated careers),¬†many participants enrol onto this course for a gap year experience or extended bush holiday. Participants older than 18 years, holding a valid driver’s license and from all walks of life are invited to attend.

Some subjects covered on the course

Planning of Game Drives and Walks. Navigation and Orientation. Radio Procedures. Ecology. Reptiles. Geology and Soil. Amphibians. Fish. Mammals. Weather and Climate. Animal Behaviour. Plant Communities. Career Opportunities. Plant Identification and Uses. Identification and Ecology of Invertebrates.


The sleeping arrangements at all our camps consist of two people sharing per tent. Single requests are required to pay double-rates. Women and men do not share tents unless booked as a couple.


Early morning wake-up (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal), Brunch after activity (cooked breakfast and fruit salad), Afternoon tea (light lunch/ sandwiches), Dinner (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad).

Certification and accreditation

Participants will have the opportunity to attempt the course provider assessment and the FGASA Level 1 qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by our instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at our camps, during the course.

Further information

To book a place, request further information or if you have any specific questions then please get in contact by emailing