Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Trip Details:

Operator:   GVI - Global Vision International
Price From: 16,450 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 23 weeks
Trip Dates: 01-01-2017

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About this program

If you’re looking for an exciting career that can fuel your inner action-lover, becoming a qualified field guide can fulfill that need! GVI puts together great internships that arm participants with a host of skills in conservation, wildlife tracking, first aid, photography, wildlife surveying, and more.

The primary focus is on the development of practical skills and allows interns the chance to work alongside mentors as they guide and work around the infamous Big 5.

GVI Internship programs center on the development of professional skills while providing a well-rounded conservation experience. Participants have the option to join a 6-month work placement at the end of the 23-week program for additional education and experience.

Your 23 week course includes: 

  • 2 sets of uniforms
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 6 months work experience from placement venue
  • Access to Alumni Services and discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All compulsory books
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Birding specialist course
  • CATHSSETA (The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector, Education & Training Authority) National Qualification (Level 2) in Nature Guiding
  • Cybertracker track & sign qualification
  • Dangerous game experience
  • Ethical guiding principles
  • FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) national certificate (Level 1) Practical and Theory
  • FGASA Level 2 knowledge
  • Limited internet access 
  • Location orientation
  • Long-term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project except on work placements
  • National Level 2 First Aid Certificate
  • National Level 3, 4×4 driving qualification
  • Other activities (sleep outs, Kruger trips, etc)
  • Reptile Orientation Course
  • SASSETA (Rifle handling, proficiency, maintaining of fire arms & shooting)
  • Safe & Basic Accommodation
  • T-shirt, Fleece Jacket, Cap & Beanie
  • Welcome Meeting 
  • Wildlife Photography Workshop
  • Wildlife Surveying techniques



Life on the Internship

The academic curriculum is accredited by the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA); the ‘South Africa Qualifications Board’; and the ‘Culture Art Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority ’ and all students are taught by experienced guides and instructors. All additional qualifications are also attained through accredited training providers. A Typical Day Typically the day will start early at around 5.30 – 6am. You will usually grab a cup of tea before heading out into the bush for a morning of practical training laden with reference books on the African bush and a pair of good binoculars. Each week you will be focusing on a different module such as birds, mammals, 4 X 4 skills etc. On your practical sessions in the bush, either a walk or a drive, you will concentrate on these modules and put all the theory you have learnt in the classroom into practice in the field. For example, you might have collected some specimens that morning which you will bring back to the classroom for identification before the afternoon practical or lecture. After the morning activity, you will be welcomed with a hearty brunch. By midday, you will be pretty tired and the African heat will certainly make you drowsy so all the students have a break to relax, rest or study – remember you have a test at the end of the week! After a break, you will be ready to get some more fresh air and head out for an afternoon practical or lecture session building on your skills and knowledge gained in the morning session. All the teams return for an evening meal sat around the campfire discussing their experiences that day. At the end of each week, all the students are tested on that week's module before moving onto the next one. However, learning each topic is continuous as while you are out in the bush nature is all around you so you cannot help but increase your knowledge and skills as the weeks progress. The course runs for 4 weeks and then you will have 1 week off to relax, either at camp or you are welcome to go off exploring. This might change at certain times but will basically follow this timeline. There is plenty to do here with Kruger National Park on our doorstep, visits to the Blyde River canyon, whitewater rafting, microlighting, horseback safaris – the list is endless! Please note that during time off, students are welcome to stay at the campus but please note that food, laundry, transport etc is NOT included during this time as the staff will also be having time off. The course is fun but be warned this is no holiday – days are long and to reach the standard required to pass you need to be dedicated and focused.

Country Fast Facts

South Africa

Continent: Africa
Official Language(s) 11 - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital:No official capital. Three branches of government split between Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
Population 54,956,900 (2015)
Climate(s)Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Mediterranean (Warm/Temperate), Humid Subtropical, Oceanic (Subtropical/Warm/Temperate)
Major Airport(s):Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Durban (DUR)
Economic Driver(s):Mining, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism

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