Professional Field Guide Course – The Wilderness as Your Classroom

Country: South Africa,
Type: Agriculture / Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Humanitarian & Community Development , IT & Journalism, Manual work / Construction, Medical & Health Care, Teaching & Education, Working with children,
Organisation: NATUCATE

The Professional Field Guide course gives you an opportunity to spend a year in southern Africa. Field guides are more than just rangers. They are responsible for introducing visitors to Africa's unique natural landscape. ing on in the area.

Professional Field Guide - Course contents

Perhaps you're looking for some time off away from the usual 9-to-5. Maybe you want to be a safari guide. Or maybe you're just looking to learn. Our Professional Field Guide course in South Africa is for anyone who wants to combine active conservation and personal challenges with a recognised training course. You will learn all of the skills that you need to be a professional Field Guide in a breathtaking environment. You will become acquainted with some theoretical principles before starting your practical training. The first thing you'll learn is how to use your equipment properly, starting with off-road vehicles, radios and rifles.

 After that, you will dive into the fascinating flora and fauna of Southern Africa. You'll be spending almost all of your time in the wilderness, and will learn one thing above any other: how to be attentive. Being so far away from civilisation will give you an opportunity to focus your attention on the nuances of this untouched natural landscape. You will track a variety of animals and approach them like a professional. You will also be taught everything there is to know about how to identify plants and how they used. You will become more and more familiar with your surroundings as time passes.

 Your theoretical and practical training will take six months, after which you will put what you have learnt to the test in a six-month lodge placement. You will have experienced mentors available to you throughout the process. Please contact us if you would like a more detailed schedule and more information about what is covered on the course.

Your accommodation

You will stay with one other person in a wooden stilt house with its own toilet (Makuleke), or in a tent with shared washing facilities (Selati, Karongwe, Mashatu). It is possible to stay in a double room by yourself if you cover the cost. All of the camps have common rooms for lessons, shared meals friendly get-togethers. If you end up going to Karongwe, you can even sleep outside on a roof terrace. The camp is surrounded by nature, as it is not fenced in and is off-limits to tourists.

The camps get their electricity from generators, so you won't have that much opportunity to charge any of your devices. Mobile phone reception in the camps is poor to non-existent. Phone calls can be made as part of a weekly excursion. The water that you get out of the tap is safe to drink, and you can also buy drinks in the camp. Fruit juice is served at mealtimes. Tea and coffee are available at any time. You will be provided with an early morning snack, a hearty brunch, a light afternoon meal and a hot meal in the evening. A laundry service is available in the camp for a small fee.

Start dates:

  • 02 August 2018 - 14 July 2019
  • 03 September 2018 - 18 August 2019
  • 01 October 2018 - 15 September 2019
  • 04 January 2019 - 16 December 2019
  • 01 February 2019 - 22 December 2019
  • 03 August 2019 - 14 July 2020
  • 01 September 2019 - 23 August 2020
  • 10 October 2019 - 13 September 2020


  • Age limit: Minimum age 18 years
  • Duration: 335-345 days
  • Project location: Karongwe (South Africa), Selati (South Africa), Mashatu (Botswana), Makuleke (South Africa)
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: Time off, training sabbatical
  • Certification: Recognised certificates after completing the course:
    • FGASA Field Guide Level 1
    • FGASA Trails Guide Back Up
    • Firearm Proficiency Certificate
    • Advanced Rifle Handling
    • Animal Tracks and Tracking
    • Basic Birding
    • Advanced Birding
    • Wilderness Medicine: Level 1&2
    • Navigation and Orientation
    • Lodge Placement Programme


  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Placement in the course
  • English language support provided during the project
  • Accommodation in a variety of camps
  • Food and drink, including tea and coffee
  • Laundry service
  • Transfer from the airport to the camps and back
  • Entry to Kruger National Park
  • Lessons (including registration and examination fees)
  • Excursions, safari trips
  • Work clothing (3x shirts, 3x shorts)

Fees: 18.500 EUR

(depends on the exchange rate of the South African Rand)


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