Safari Field Guide Course is now closed for 2016.
Have you ever dreamt of living in the African bush, developing your skills to become a fully qualified field guide? A career in field guiding is exciting, fast paced and no one day will ever be the same!
If this sounds like your new adventure then our 6 month professional course learning everything necessary for a successful career in the African Safari lodge industry could be for you!
Our partners in South Africa offer the highest level of training and service for all of its students and to date have trained 200 professional field guides. Many of them are working in the finest game reserves and lodges in Southern and Eastern Africa. Along with all of this they ensure your experience in Africa is fun, safe and responsible to allow you to become one of the very best safari field guides in the industry.
There will be plenty of fun and exciting opportunities on this course but it's important to note that days will be long and hard whilst you work towards a recognised qualification.
The curriculum includes bush skills such as rifle handling, proficiency, maintaining of fire arms and shooting., 4x4 driving and bush knowledge including conservation, reserve management, geology and animal behaviour. Each week you will be following set modules including birds, mammals, 4 X 4 skills with both theoretical and practical sessions. At the end of each week you will complete a weekly exam. During the course there will be plenty of opportunities to get up close to the african wildlife including Elephants, Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Cheetah and Hippo.
As well as living and working in the bush alongside some of the best instructors in an amazing part of Africa, you will also gain a number of qualifications and skills on completion.
No one day will be the same; however as a guideline a typical day would be as followed:
05.30am - 07.00 am: light breakfast, then depart for the morning game activity; either a walk, drive, or a lecture in the classroom.
11.00 am: Brunch
12.00 pm-15.00 pm: Free time
15.00pm,: Afternoon game activity or lecture in the classroom
Evening meal around the camp fire- a perfect end to the day where you can chat about the day’s adventures.
The course is evenly balanced between practical and theory however the first 3 months will typically be more theoretical before putting the skills into practice.