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Launch your career as a professional field guide with the most in-depth Field Guide of Southern Africa (FGASA) courses available. Travel to the heart of South Africa’s wilderness and join the ranks of the best-trained field guides in the industry.

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Highlights:

  • The most in-depth FGASA courses available
  • Expertly trained staff
  • 23 and 50-week options
  • Incredible free time activities available
  • Comprehensive 24/7 support
  • If you reach the criteria you will become a qualified FGASA level one guide.
  • Join like-minded people, all learning together and having a great time whilst developing your bush skills.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 23 Weeks
Impacts Courses and Training in Africa Game Reserve Management & Training
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 13,750| € 16,300| US$ 17,600| R 160,000|
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Priced From
£ 13,750| € 16,300| US$ 17,600| R 160,000|

Detailed Project Pricing
23 Weeks USD 17,600 GBP 13,750 EUR 16,300 ZAR 160,000
50 Weeks USD 20,000 GBP 15,625 EUR 18,500 ZAR 180,000
*Please enquire for 2018 pricing

*The 50 week course includes a 6 month work placement. South African citizens booking more than 4 months in advance are eligible for a R5,000 discount.

95% of our students are being offered permanent positions within a month of graduation!

Personal costs – So you can budget, you can expect to spend approx. R750/ GBP40 / USD 65 per month depending on your personal habits. During weeks off you are welcome to stay at the campus, and just cover your own food costs. You will need to budget extra if you plan to travel in these breaks.

Project Start Dates

2018 Dates

07 January 2018 / 08 July 2018

 

2019 Dates

07 January 2019 / 08 July 2019

Commitment to Excellence

There are many volunteer projects and organizations in the world, but a huge gap unfortunately exists between the best and the worst! African impact prides itself on being the very best as proven by the multiple industry awards won every year. A perfect example? Being voted the world’s Top Volunteer Abroad Organization by volunteers on GoAbroad!

African Impact is not only a premium product when it comes to volunteer experience, but is proud to make a massive difference in communities and conservation initiatives across Africa.

Our Commitment To Excellence is a statement of intent – we are, and will continue to be, the very best and most impactful volunteer organization in Africa! Find out more HERE.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

About the course

The Level #1 course is structured to give you a balance of theoretical and practical know-how. While your time with us is structured, you can be assured that no two days are the same! If you’re prepared to work hard, this experience can change your life forever and you will leave a professional, qualified wildlife guide ready to run game drives and experiences in Big 5 reserves in Southern Africa.

 The first three months of your program will be a fairly intense induction to the wonders of the bush through both theory and practical training, and your last two months will be more focused on polishing your practical skills, and you will be required to undertake more self-study to keep up with your theory.

After each four weeks of training you will have a full week to yourself to explore the stunning surrounds, including Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon. Enjoy the variety of action-packed activities at your fingertips such as horseback safaris, micro-lighting and white water rafting or travel a bit further for some pristine diving, whale watching and cycling.

Each week you will focus on one of the FGASA modules for an in-depth understanding of the subject. You will be tested on the material at the end of every week to ensure that you’re on track. This also helps you to identify the areas you need to focus on in your self-study.

 

Typical day

Typical Day

At about 5:30 or 6:00 am, you’ll have a quick breakfast, grab a cup of coffee and head out to the bush for a morning of practical lessons or lectures focused on the week’s module, which may be anything from mammals to 4X4 driving skills. When the midday heat kicks in, you’ll have some free time to relax, study or rest before the afternoon training session. You’ll return to base from your busy day to enjoy dinner and enjoy some down time sitting around the fire sharing the day’s experiences.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Mondays through Fridays are reserved for training and lectures, and we highly recommend that weekends are utilized for self-study in preparation for your exams. After every fourth training week however, you will enjoy a full free week, during which you can explore the beautiful surroundings and interesting local sights.

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. Some highlights to be enjoyed include:

 

Panorama route
  • Blyde River Canyon – boat trips, kloofing, whitewater rafting, hiking, paintball, hot air ballooning and camping are just some of the activities on offer here
  • Kruger National Park daytrips/overnight camping available
  • Moholoholo Rehab Centre – endangered species rehabilitation
  • Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck potholes, God’s Window and myriad waterfalls are just some of what awaits you – all of which can be done in a day!
  • Giant Baobab Tree/Upside Down Restaurant
  • Debengeni Falls, Tzaneen with picnic area and hiking trails
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Destination

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About the Destination

We operate from a stunning bush campus in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Mahlahla.

Students based at the Mahlahla Bush Campus will carry out their practical training on Makalali Private Game Reserve, a spectacular 26,000ha Big five wilderness reserve in the Limpopo province. Other featured reserves include Pidwa Wildnerness Reserve and the beautiful Makutsi Reserve. The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve (GMPGR) is situated west of Kruger National Park and promises intimate wildlife encounters and an ideal training ground with lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo and other characteristic species are cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra and kudu.

Visit www.makalali.co.za for more information on the reserve.

The Mahlahla Bush Campus is approximately a 50 minute drive from Hoedspruit.

Accommodation and Facilities

 

Accommodation for the field guide training course is on the Bushwise Mahlahla Bush Campus, on general game land just outside the gates of the Makalali Game Reserve in a rural, yet, comfortable rustic and idyllic bush setting.

Rooms are shared, usually with two students to a room. Students have access to all basic facilities, a social area, swimming pool, full lecture facilities and resources. The campus has electricity and access to internet and all meals are provided during the course semester periods. Please keep in mind, we are based in rural South Africa, our electricity and internet access can be intermittent, which is all part of the experience of living and learning in the African wilderness. Impala, wildebeest, waterbuck and a large variety of bird species are regular visitors to the campus dam – situated in between the living area & lecture room.  Other species such as Honey Badgers and Civet are seen almost every night, with the occasional visit from Pangolin and Leopard too!

Juice, tea and coffee are provided on the course. A laundry service is provided weekly for uniforms and bed linen. Access to the laundry facilities is provided for personal washing.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Angele Rouillard, Professional Guide

“Unforgettable 6 months, during which, getting FGASA Level 1, was only one of many things I loved. Being immersed 24/7 in the bush, is the best way to get to know it. I have learnt to see, hear and smell things I hadn’t noticed before, realising the Big 5 are only a tiny piece of an amazing net of beings. Nothing better than sharing this with the beautiful people I was lucky to do so!”

Ben Tupper, GVI SANParks Internship Coordinator

 “Signing up and completing this course has changed the course of not only my career but my entire life. I now get to wake up every morning to the sounds of baboons and hyenas and end each day with the setting African sun; none of this would have been possible without undergoing the course.”

Kate Nelson, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, Relais and Chateaux

 “This is a professional organisation, committed to the welfare of its students and to ensuring that they enter the safari industry with the correct qualifications, a high level of knowledge and strong guiding ethics.”

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Brochures

Please enquire for more information.

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Professional Field Guide Training Course in South Africa

Limpopo, South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number*
*Required
start a live chat instead

Launch your career as a professional field guide with the most in-depth Field Guide of Southern Africa (FGASA) courses available. Travel to the heart of South Africa’s wilderness and join the ranks of the best-trained field guides in the industry.

13996201 1521612721198321 1686126847016592860 o

Highlights:

  • The most in-depth FGASA courses available
  • Expertly trained staff
  • 23 and 50-week options
  • Incredible free time activities available
  • Comprehensive 24/7 support
  • If you reach the criteria you will become a qualified FGASA level one guide.
  • Join like-minded people, all learning together and having a great time whilst developing your bush skills.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 23 Weeks
Impacts Courses and Training in Africa Game Reserve Management & Training
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 13,750| € 16,300| US$ 17,600| R 160,000|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 13,750| € 16,300| US$ 17,600| R 160,000|

Detailed Project Pricing
23 Weeks USD 17,600 GBP 13,750 EUR 16,300 ZAR 160,000
50 Weeks USD 20,000 GBP 15,625 EUR 18,500 ZAR 180,000
*Please enquire for 2018 pricing

*The 50 week course includes a 6 month work placement. South African citizens booking more than 4 months in advance are eligible for a R5,000 discount.

95% of our students are being offered permanent positions within a month of graduation!

Personal costs – So you can budget, you can expect to spend approx. R750/ GBP40 / USD 65 per month depending on your personal habits. During weeks off you are welcome to stay at the campus, and just cover your own food costs. You will need to budget extra if you plan to travel in these breaks.

Project Start Dates

2018 Dates

07 January 2018 / 08 July 2018

 

2019 Dates

07 January 2019 / 08 July 2019

Commitment to Excellence

There are many volunteer projects and organizations in the world, but a huge gap unfortunately exists between the best and the worst! African impact prides itself on being the very best as proven by the multiple industry awards won every year. A perfect example? Being voted the world’s Top Volunteer Abroad Organization by volunteers on GoAbroad!

African Impact is not only a premium product when it comes to volunteer experience, but is proud to make a massive difference in communities and conservation initiatives across Africa.

Our Commitment To Excellence is a statement of intent – we are, and will continue to be, the very best and most impactful volunteer organization in Africa! Find out more HERE.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

About the course

The Level #1 course is structured to give you a balance of theoretical and practical know-how. While your time with us is structured, you can be assured that no two days are the same! If you’re prepared to work hard, this experience can change your life forever and you will leave a professional, qualified wildlife guide ready to run game drives and experiences in Big 5 reserves in Southern Africa.

 The first three months of your program will be a fairly intense induction to the wonders of the bush through both theory and practical training, and your last two months will be more focused on polishing your practical skills, and you will be required to undertake more self-study to keep up with your theory.

After each four weeks of training you will have a full week to yourself to explore the stunning surrounds, including Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon. Enjoy the variety of action-packed activities at your fingertips such as horseback safaris, micro-lighting and white water rafting or travel a bit further for some pristine diving, whale watching and cycling.

Each week you will focus on one of the FGASA modules for an in-depth understanding of the subject. You will be tested on the material at the end of every week to ensure that you’re on track. This also helps you to identify the areas you need to focus on in your self-study.

 

Typical day

Typical Day

At about 5:30 or 6:00 am, you’ll have a quick breakfast, grab a cup of coffee and head out to the bush for a morning of practical lessons or lectures focused on the week’s module, which may be anything from mammals to 4X4 driving skills. When the midday heat kicks in, you’ll have some free time to relax, study or rest before the afternoon training session. You’ll return to base from your busy day to enjoy dinner and enjoy some down time sitting around the fire sharing the day’s experiences.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Mondays through Fridays are reserved for training and lectures, and we highly recommend that weekends are utilized for self-study in preparation for your exams. After every fourth training week however, you will enjoy a full free week, during which you can explore the beautiful surroundings and interesting local sights.

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. Some highlights to be enjoyed include:

 

Panorama route
  • Blyde River Canyon – boat trips, kloofing, whitewater rafting, hiking, paintball, hot air ballooning and camping are just some of the activities on offer here
  • Kruger National Park daytrips/overnight camping available
  • Moholoholo Rehab Centre – endangered species rehabilitation
  • Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck potholes, God’s Window and myriad waterfalls are just some of what awaits you – all of which can be done in a day!
  • Giant Baobab Tree/Upside Down Restaurant
  • Debengeni Falls, Tzaneen with picnic area and hiking trails
Back to Top

Destination

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About the Destination

We operate from a stunning bush campus in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Mahlahla.

Students based at the Mahlahla Bush Campus will carry out their practical training on Makalali Private Game Reserve, a spectacular 26,000ha Big five wilderness reserve in the Limpopo province. Other featured reserves include Pidwa Wildnerness Reserve and the beautiful Makutsi Reserve. The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve (GMPGR) is situated west of Kruger National Park and promises intimate wildlife encounters and an ideal training ground with lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo and other characteristic species are cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra and kudu.

Visit www.makalali.co.za for more information on the reserve.

The Mahlahla Bush Campus is approximately a 50 minute drive from Hoedspruit.

Accommodation and Facilities

 

Accommodation for the field guide training course is on the Bushwise Mahlahla Bush Campus, on general game land just outside the gates of the Makalali Game Reserve in a rural, yet, comfortable rustic and idyllic bush setting.

Rooms are shared, usually with two students to a room. Students have access to all basic facilities, a social area, swimming pool, full lecture facilities and resources. The campus has electricity and access to internet and all meals are provided during the course semester periods. Please keep in mind, we are based in rural South Africa, our electricity and internet access can be intermittent, which is all part of the experience of living and learning in the African wilderness. Impala, wildebeest, waterbuck and a large variety of bird species are regular visitors to the campus dam – situated in between the living area & lecture room.  Other species such as Honey Badgers and Civet are seen almost every night, with the occasional visit from Pangolin and Leopard too!

Juice, tea and coffee are provided on the course. A laundry service is provided weekly for uniforms and bed linen. Access to the laundry facilities is provided for personal washing.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Angele Rouillard, Professional Guide

“Unforgettable 6 months, during which, getting FGASA Level 1, was only one of many things I loved. Being immersed 24/7 in the bush, is the best way to get to know it. I have learnt to see, hear and smell things I hadn’t noticed before, realising the Big 5 are only a tiny piece of an amazing net of beings. Nothing better than sharing this with the beautiful people I was lucky to do so!”

Ben Tupper, GVI SANParks Internship Coordinator

 “Signing up and completing this course has changed the course of not only my career but my entire life. I now get to wake up every morning to the sounds of baboons and hyenas and end each day with the setting African sun; none of this would have been possible without undergoing the course.”

Kate Nelson, General Manager at Camp Jabulani, Relais and Chateaux

 “This is a professional organisation, committed to the welfare of its students and to ensuring that they enter the safari industry with the correct qualifications, a high level of knowledge and strong guiding ethics.”

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Brochures

Please enquire for more information.

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