Trails Guide Course


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This is one of the most exciting environmental training courses anyone could ever wish to attend! A trainee 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 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.

Our Trails Guide course is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and is qualified as a FGASA Field Guide (nature).

The aim is to develop and practice the skills needed for conducting walks safely in dangerous game areas, initially as a 'back-up trails guide'. The course is run in two consecutive parts:

  • The first of which is based in Johannesburg and involves students obtaining a:
    • PFTC Rifle Competency (Unit Standards: 117705 [Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act], 119651 [Handle and use a manually operated rifle], 123519 [Handle and use a manually operated rifle for business purposes]) 
    • FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate.
  • The final (and main) part of the course is conducted at Intibane camp in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant are all free roaming in the reserve, affording our students amazing opportunities to track, approach and photograph them, making this course extra special. 

Students will spend almost seven hours a day on foot doing this under the supervision of our highly qualified and experienced instructors.

The syllabus is aligned with the FGASA syllabus for Trails Guides – part of the View Potentially Dangerous Animals (VPDA) Unit Standard 8459.

The qualification you will receive at the end of the course (if all the assessments are passed) is that of a Back-up Trails Guide. See our Frequently Asked Questions page for the difference between a Back-up and a Lead Trails Guide.

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