For those looking for some seriously awesome work experience that will make your CV stand out but want an incredible adventure at the same time, then this programme is a must for you. Not only will you learn about the Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between but you’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience and develop your understanding of conservation, animal and human conflict, animal management, animal behaviour and ecology. Also, 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, SOWETO, which you’ll get to explore by bike. You’ll learn about the local communities and the very disturbing, yet so recent,
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 on horseback.
If you choose the three-week itinerary you will also gain the following experience:
- Track and Sign Interpretation Course.
- Improve your practical guiding skills.
NOTE: Excellent opportunity to gain Cyber Tracking, Track and Sign, and First Aid qualifications.
If you choose the Four-week itinerary you will also gain the following experience:
- Dangerous Game (Basic Training)
- Learn how to approach the Big 5 and other dangerous species by vehicle and on foot.
- Focus on training for operating in areas where dangerous game occurs.
The 8-week Itinerary is for those looking to complete their FGASA qualification.
NB: There is a compulsory break between Phase 1 (detailed above as week 4) and Phase 2 (detailed below), duration dependent 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 by ‘song’ to assist you with FGASA Level 1.
Week Four – Knowledge Enhancement
- The finishing touches to becoming a Level 1 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 throughout
- Accommodation and food
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.