Ranger Training 4


Become an accredited Field Guide in South Africa! Join the 23 or 50 week training course in the iconic South African Lowveld to fast-track your conservation career and give you the best chance in the competitive game lodge industry. The course combines theoretical learning as per the  Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) Level 1 syllabus as well as a practical aspect that includes; flora and fauna identification, guiding ethics and procedures, 4×4 driving, firearm training, first aid level 2 and animal tracking. The optional work experience placement with the 50 week course allows you to gain practical guiding experience at a number of game lodges and wildlife research programs. Join this program today to accelerate your career in conservation.

Live and breathe your experience with a jam-packed schedule, with early morning starts and long days. Be prepared to work hard to cover all of the necessary subjects. The course endeavours to add a practical aspect to the theoretical, for example, a sleep out in the bush will follow after an astronomy lecture or expect a late night ‘frogging’ adventure after a lecture on amphibians. The course covers a huge variety of subjects in order to give you a well-rounded knowledge of the industry and includes; geology, astronomy, ecology, botany, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals, animal behaviour, survival and navigation, tracking, rifle handling and 4×4 driving. Each aspect is taught by a FGASA qualified trainers. Whether you are looking for a gap year with a difference or hoping to get a foot in the door to the guiding industry, this unforgettable course will leave you with life skills that will accelerate any career ahead of you.

The course is known for producing the highest calibre graduates, with 95% of graduates being offered employment after the course.

Topics Included

The curriculum is designed to encompass the highest level of skills, experience and qualifications possible that you will need to get be a high quality, professional employable guide, researcher or conservationist in the given time. Although we follow the FGASA syllabus we add additional training, equivalent to FGASA level 2 knowledge, as well as drawing on the knowledge and experience of the trainers, to broaden your knowledge, enhance experiences and put you a step, or two, above the average graduate. We have purposely and carefully picked additional activities that will not only add to your enjoyment but more importantly make you more employable long-term, without compromising the vital foundation needed to reach your best potential as a field guide.



The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Introduction to guiding in the natural environment
  • Creating a guided nature experience
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Weather & climate
  • Ecology
  • Taxonomy
  • Biomes of Southern Africa   img_4490
  • Botany – trees & grasses
  • Arthropods
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Understanding animal behaviour
  • Conservation management & historical habitation
  • Vehicle Skills and basic mechanics
  • 4 x 4 training
  • Specialist guest speakers
  • Hospitality & hosting basics in a lodge environment
  • Principles of anti-poaching
  • Survival & navigation
  • Viewing potentially dangerous animals
  • Rifles & rifle handling
  • Bush first aid skills
  • Tracking (Cybertrack Track and Sign)
  • Wildlife photography


Free Time




Saturday afternoons and Sundays are free time (although it’s recommended that students use this time for personal study and preparation for the upcoming lectures). However after every 4th week students get a full week off and are encouraged to leave campus, travel and explore the local area.







What’s Included:
  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Experienced, long term staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary course training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount – 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) national certificate – Level 1 – practical and theory
  • FGASA Level 2 knowledge
  • SASSETA (Rifle handling, proficiency, maintaining of fire arms and shooting)
  • CATHSSETA(The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector, Education and Training Authority) National Qualification (Level 2) in Nature Guiding
  • National LEVEL 2 First aid certificate and wilderness modules
  • Cybertracker track & sign qualification
  • National level 3 qualification, 4 x 4 driving qualification
  • Wildlife photography workshop
  • Birding specialist course
  • Reptile orientation course
  • Dangerous game experience
  • 6 months work experience from placement venue (50 week course)
  • Ethical guiding principles
  • Other activities, such as sleep outs, Kruger trips, etc.
  • 2 x sets of uniforms
  • All compulsory books (if included)
  • Limited internet access at no extra cost
  • T-shirt, fleece jacket, cap and beanie


What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Laundry, food and transport during weeks off
  • Recommended reference books
  • Transport costs to placement
  • Professional drivers permit & licensing costs, including transportation


Dates and Costs (2018 start)

South African Citizens

23 weeks – R160,000.00

50 weeks – R180,000.00


International Students

23 weeks –  GBP £13,750.00 / USD $17,600.00 / EUR €16,300.00

50 weeks –  GBP £15,625.00 / USD $20,000.00 / EUR €18,500.00


Course Start Dates:

8th July 2017 (23 or 50 weeks) – FULLY BOOKED

7th January 2018 (23 or 50 weeks)

8th July 2018 (23 or 50 weeks)


In addition, we offer a short course (60 days) that provides an introduction into the field guide and wildlife career industry. You will cover all of the FGASA Level 1 modules, gain a certificate of completion and experience many new skills, including 4×4 driving techniques, shooting experience, wildlife tracking, wildlife photography, animal behavior and wildlife monitoring techniques. Experience the ultimate African wildlife adventure while gaining qualifications and transferable skills in the African bush to improve your chance in gaining your dream career in the wildlife industry.


Dates and Costs (2017)

60 days –  GBP £3,660.00 / USD $4,680.00 / EUR €4,350.00 / ZAR R 58,500.00


Course Start Dates:

1st April 2017

2nd September 2017


Contact us to find out how to get started.