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Field Guide Course

A comprehensive course covering a broad spectrum of subjects with a mix of formal lectures as well as daily experiences in the bush.

At a glance

The course offers a solid base of knowledge and practical skills aimed at those keen to learn about the African bush in conjunction with our African training organisation, EcoTraining. Not matter where you come from in the world, the knowledge gained on this course can be applied globally. Forest or park rangers in any country would be able to apply the universal principals of ecology, ecosystems, animal behaviour, astronomy, conservation principals and much more.

  • Location

    South Africa

  • Next start date

    9 April 2017

  • Duration

    55 days

  • Online or on location?

    On location

  • Prerequisites

    Age: 18+; driver's license; able-bodied; able to walk at least 2km; first aid course (first aid course is only required for FGASA accreditation)

  • Who is this for?

    School leavers, students, career and gap year individuals, sabbatical takers, interns, volunteers, anyone keen to developer a closer understanding of the bush

  • Cost

    Prices start from US$4,000 for 55 days including tented accommodation and all meals


  • Geology

  • Survival skills

  • Birding

  • Conservation

  • Ecology

  • Adventure

  • Culture

  • Wildlife

  • Tracking

  • Hiking

Upcoming course dates

9 April 2017

2 June 2017

4 July 2017

7 August 2017

9 September 2017

7 October 2017

Want to discuss this course and ask questions? Enquire now, and we’ll call you back.

This course allows you to walk away with a unique wealth of knowledge that will remain with you for life. Every time you enter a natural environment anywhere in the world, you will understand its fascinating web of life, be able to identify species and feel that much more connected to nature.  Add to that the wonderful friendships and bonds made by living with like-minded people from South Africa and all over the world, sharing a close-knit camp and experiencing the adrenaline and peace that comes with the wild.

Participants will have the opportunity to attempt their EcoTraining and FGASA Level 1 qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by our instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at our camps, during the course. You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. The course price includes accommodation in fully equipped two person tents with bedding, all meals and professionally trained guides.


This course provides you with a wide range of skills across many areas relating to the bush:

Field guiding
Practical bush skills
Bush survival skills
Species identification
Animal tracking and trailing
4WD driving skills


The course explores key subject areas across the 55 days that provides a well-rounded knowledge and experience base for participants.

Navigation and orientation
Geology and soil
Weather and climate
Animal behaviours
Plant identification

Charismatic species

During your course, you should encounter some (or if you’re lucky, all) of these fine animals. Sightings aren’t guaranteed of course, but you never know!


Martial Eagle








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