Field Guide Course


In my first week at ANT, I thought, "I can't remember another week in which I've learned so much." And things just got better from there. This is one of the best, most professional organizations I know.

Luke Fadem, USA

Field Guide Student,
January 2017

Who is this course suited to? 

Although this course is designed primarily for people who want to qualify and work as a field  guide it is also suited to researchers, nature enthusiasts, school leavers and as an educational vacation for anyone who loves the African bush.

FGASA's 'Field Guide' qualification is the minimum entry requirement into the workplace as a field guide. Please refer to our FAQ page to read about the difference between a 'field guide' and a 'game ranger'.

Course duration
65 days  
18+; Drivers licence; Able to comfortably walk 2km

Additional qualifications included in our Field Guide Course
Department of labour recognised First Aid Course
4 x 4 driving qualification issued by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) - NQF 3
4x4 mud activity4x4 rescue4x4 drive 
  • Guiding in the natural environment and creating a guided experience,
  • Geology,
  • Climate and Weather,
  • Astronomy, 
  • Ecology,
  • Biomes (of South Africa),
  • Taxonomy,
  • Plants (Trees, Shrubs, Forbs and Grasses),
  • Arthropods (insects and relatives),
  • Fish, 
  • Amphibians,
  • Reptiles,
  • Birds,
  • Mammals, 
  • Animal Behaviour,
  • Conservation and Habitat management,
  • Historical human habitation,
Additional Activities included in our Field Guide Course
  • Track and Sign module leading to an ANT qualification (preparation for a Cybertracker assessment)
  • Savanna Birding module leading to an ANT qualification (preparation for the FGASA Savanna Birding qualification)
  • Introductory Rifle Handling module leading to an ANT qualification (preparation for anyone wishing to continue to their FGASA ARH qualification)

Work related experience
You will get to spend some time during your course involved in reserve managment and behind the scenes lodge activities. Exactly what these activities entail will depend is what is happening at the time.

 Intibane Rooms

Intibane Camp! Thanda Safari (pictured left). Nestled between bush and beach our camp is located on a 15,000ha Big Five Reserve in the heart of Zululand. 

Accommodation in thatched chalets with fan, air conditioner and en suite bathroom.

The ultimate training facility!

2017 Course dates

08 May - 11 July

27 September - 30 November


2018 Course dates

22 January - 27 March

10 April - 13 June

05 July - 07 September

09 October - 12 December


2017 Rates

Local:                 R55,950                         

International:    R66,950


2018 Rates

Local:                 R59,500                         


International:    R73,750


No of students per course
Maximum 10 students per course to ensure the best possible learning experience
Please note that you need to contact us to find out if there is space before you pay the (non-refundable) registration fee - space is limited!

Certification and Accreditation
Africa Nature Training is a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) accredited training provider that is accredited by CATHSSETA. We will facilitate your registration with FGASA. FGASA will register you with CATHSSETA if you successfully complete the course.

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