This Field Guide course was designed specifically for people who want to qualify and work as a field guide (nature guide, ranger) - it qualifies a person to take guests on guided walks and drives in non-dangerous game areas or on drives in dangerous game areas. You will spend the first week working from home on an assignment, then live full time in the bush. This is the quickest way to get qualified and start working in the bush!
This is one of the most exciting environmental training courses anyone could ever wish to attend! A trails guide conducts safaris on foot with the intention of approaching Africa’s dangerous game species (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). The skills gained on this course equip you as a field guide to encounter dangerous game whilst walking, including how to handle a bolt-action rifle in the (hopefully) unlikely event that your group gets charged by one. To enrol, you have to be a FGASA qualified field guide and be at least 18 years old.
ANT's popular Nature Enthusiast Correspondence Course (done by distance learning) was designed with both the local or international nature enthusiast as well as the prospective field guide in mind. It caters for bush enthusiasts who not only wish to learn more about South Africa's fabulous biodiversity, but also provides the field guide in the workplace with a chance to better his/her own qualifications up to Advanced Field Guide. There is a theory component that is done from the comfort of your own home anywhere in the world and an optional two week practical component, which provides a wonderful opportunity to put your skills into practice in the African bush!
If you're interested in developing your powers of observation and learning how to 'read the bushveld newspaper' then this is the course for you! You will spend three full days walking in the bush and looking at the finer details that tell us all about what animals have been active and what they have been doing. This course is a highly recommended precursor for those people who are considering qualifying later as a Trails Guide...or you could just do it for your own enjoyment!