For those looking for some seriously awesome work experience, one that will give your CV a seriously powerful punch, but want an incredible adventure at the same time, then this program is a must as it’s epic. Not only will you learn about the Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between but you’ll gain some real hands on experience to demonstrate your understanding of conservation, animal and human conflict, animal management, animal behaviour and ecology. And, if you want to progress your career even further then you should certainly consider the FGASA qualification…the stepping stone to becoming a field guide.
After arrival into Johannesburg you’ll be transferred to one of the townships, called SOWETO, which you’ll get to experience by an epic bike tour. You’ll about the local communities and the very disturbing yet recent history surround the apartheid, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, not to mention try some local delicacies before making your way out to the reserve. On arrival you’ll meet the team, following an introduction and site orientation.
Day 2 – 13
Each day will have a similar structure, as follows:
- Morning – walk or drive,
- Midday – lectures and learning activities, customised to the curriculum, and
- Afternoon – game drive by vehicle, walking and by horseback.
If you choose the three week itinerary you will also gain the following:
- Track and Sign Interpretation Course.
- Improve your practical guiding skills.
NOTE: Excellent opportunity to gain a Cyber Tracker Track and Sign Qualification and first aid certificate.
If you choose the Four week itinerary you will also gain the following:
- Dangerous Game (Basic Training)
- Learn how to approach the Big 5 and other dangerous species by foot and by vehicle.
- Focus on training for operating in areas where dangerous game occurs. Not for the faint hearted.
The 8 week Itinerary is for those looking to complete their FGASA qualification level.
NB: There is a compulsory break between Phase 1 (detailed above) and Phase 2 (detailed below), duration dependant on time of year.
Phase 2 – Four Weeks
General Nature Guiding, Birding, Knowledge Enhancement Course.
Week One – Nature Guiding
- Further practical and theoretical instruction for FGASA Level 1. Advancing your flora and fauna ID and understanding the importance of their relationships.
Week Two – Nature Guiding
- Final preparation for the theoretical assessment for FGASA Level 1
- Practical preparation and assessments including final theory exam.
- Move to new venue (Either Sunday or Monday)
Week Three – Birding
- A complete bird identification and interpretation course including ID just by song to assist you with FGASA Level 1.
Week Four – Knowledge Enhancement
- The finishing touches to becoming a Level1 Field guide. Here you will work on your communication and interpersonal skills and really understand how to guide guests.
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfers
- Full use of private jeeps
- Activities as mentioned in itinerary
- Professional Field Guide through
- Accommodation and food
- Woodland Trust Carbon Project Contribution
Please note the following inclusions depend on the duration of your stay:
- Cyber Tracker Assessment and Certification
- The opportunity to attend a Field Guide focussed basic first aid course
- CATHSSETA and FGASA endorsed Field Guide instructor and assessor.
- FGASA registration and moderation
- CATHSSETA National Qualification assessment
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
- Expenditure of personal nature
Based on twin sharing
3 weeks – £2950 per person based on 2 pax
4 weeks – £3450 per person based on 2 pax
8 weeks – £5450 per person based on 2 pax
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, which is why we recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.