Trails guide course

Trails guide training at Makuleke, Kruger National Park

Course information

Explore the wilderness of the majestic Makuleke concession in the famed Kruger National Park or Mashatu Reserve in the (Northern Tuli – Botswana) on foot, on a 28 day Trails Guide course (FGASA accredited). The majority of time will be spent enjoying bush walks in big game country. The course is conducted in a different, wilder area and thus provides a truly authentic field guide experience. Your wildlife knowledge, situational awareness and environmental appreciation will increase exponentially while on this course, whether you are a career guide working towards a qualification or attending for self-satisfaction and learning.

The 24 000 ha Makuleke concession hosts 75% of the Greater Kruger National Park’s biodiversity, which makes walking in this area very special and rewarding.

Our Mashatu wilderness camp is located in the Land of Giants. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic rocks, diverse vegetation, abundant wildlife, a profusion of birds and rich archaeological heritage.

Why do this course?

The aim of this course is to develop and practice skills and knowledge learnt on the FGASA Level 1 course, while at the same time increasing your environmental knowledge and situational awareness. It is also open to anyone who wants experience or opportunities of walking in a wilderness area and improving personal skills. Skills gained on this course can be used anywhere. The course content is the same for everyone, regardless of existing qualifications.

However if a FGASA Back-up qualification is what you are after, you will have to attain the full FGASA Level 1 before coming on the course.

Some subjects covered on the course

Introduction to Trails Guiding. Navigation and Orientation. Situational Awareness. Animal Behaviour. Animal Tracks and Tracking. Bird Identification and Behaviour. Dangerous Game Knowledge & Behaviour. Walking in Dangerous Game Country. Approaching Dangerous Game on Foot. Rifle Handling for Dangerous Game. Weapons Handling, Safety and Ballistics. Possible 2 day navigational hike and sleep-out.


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

Course provider Back-up trails guide/ ARH certificate and FGASA Back-up trails guide/ ARH qualification

Further information

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