60 Day FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Training Course

Zimbabwe

Becoming a Field Guide

Our multi-destination field guide training course will help you kick start your career in Africa and fulfil your dream of becoming a qualified field guide.

The course will take you over 2000kms, visiting four of Zimbabwe’s most iconic destinations to learn in a variety of ecosystems. This broad knowledge base is what gives our participants an added edge to their training.

Prepare to be amazed by the beauty of nature and to leave the course with a newfound respect for the African bush.

Discover

The course begins at Antelope Park, a 3000-acre private game reserve. Having no free-roaming dangerous game in the park, this location gives you the perfect opportunity to gain an introductory knowledge of the African bush.

From here, you will carry on to Bubiana Conservancy and the Matopos National Park, home to the world’s largest granite outcrops, providing an ideal environment for the elusive leopard.

Next, you will explore the oldest and largest National Park in Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park. A huge variety of species reside in this area, including the “Big 5” – elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

Lastly, you will travel to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and learn how guiding fits into the tourism industry as a whole. You will have ample opportunity to partake in the various adrenaline activities Victoria Falls has on offer during your free time.

Your qualification

Our Field Guide Training Course is endorsed by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), a professional authority which sets the regulatory standards on nature guiding in Southern Africa.

The FGASA NQF2 Nature Guide is the qualification you will work towards obtaining through our 60- day training course and is the baseline requirement for entering the safari industry in Southern Africa.

The course will incorporate an exciting mix of theoretical and practical based training to cover the full FGASA NQF2 curriculum and prepare you for your FGASA assessments.

Experience

You will be given professional-level training in all areas of the African Bush, with your days being filled with exciting and often challenging scenarios covering the following curriculum.

  • Guiding in the Natural Environment
  • Geology
  • Weather and Climate
  • Astronomy
  • Ecology
  • Biomes of Southern Africa
  • Taxonomy
  • Plants (trees and grasses)
  • Arthropods
  • Fish
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Conservation Management
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • 4×4 Driving skills
  • Wildlife Photography Skills
  • Survival in the Bush
  • Understanding Tourism

→ Prices start from USD $4,500

Our start dates:

  • 1 October 2019
  • 1 May 2020
  • 1 July 2020
  • 1 October 2020 

*Please note: participants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid manual driver’s license, fluent in English and enjoy a good level of personal fitness.

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