Conservation Management Course - South Africa

A unique blend of wildlife biology and ecology. Achieve certification on a Big Five Game Reserve in both field guiding and wilderness first aid, as you deepen your knowledge and understanding of the natural world and conservation.  Focus on the life histories of mammals, birds and other terrestrial organisms, as well as their interrelationships and what impact humans hold. This course is designed to encompass the skills and experience needed to become a high-quality professional guide, researcher or conservationist in given time.

This program based in South Africa is suitable for: Adventure Travel & Outdoor Courses


  • Gain your FGASA Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2) (Level 1) certification
  • Gain your Wilderness First Aid Level 2 certification
  • In depth 4x4 training
  • Advanced tracking and navigation skill development
  • Hands-on wildlife research and management training

This course is known for producing high-calibre graduates for an in-demand industry. Whether you imagine yourself as a game ranger, forest ranger, safari guide, or environmental scientist, a course of this depth of experience and learning will give you sturdy footing for a multitude of inspirational careers.

Students on this course cover the following focus areas:

FGASA Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2) (Level 1) 

Earn an accredited qualification for tourism guiding, with specific emphasis on Nature Guiding within a site or a number of sites. This course is comprised of the following modules:

  • Introduction to guiding in the natural environment
  • Creating a guided nature experience
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Weather and Climate
  • Basic Ecology
  • Basic Taxonomy
  • Introduction to the Biomes of Southern Africa
  • Botany and Grasses
  • Arthropods
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Conservation management and Historical Human Habitation


Prepare for the unexpected with this hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine. This course is great for people of all experience levels. By the end of the course, you will understand how to attend to:

  • First Aid and Safety Emergency Scene Management
  • Artificial Respiration (AR)
  • Single Rescuer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Choking (Foreign Body Airway Obstruction – FBAO)
  • Wounds and Bleeding
  • Shock, Unconsciousness and Fainting
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Head and Spinal Injuries
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Envenomation
  • Patient Transportation

4X4 Training

Off road driving can take several forms.  From the weekend trail rider to the rock crawler guide, off roaders know the importance of taking total control of your vehicle to reap the rewards of getting to go to places that most can’t reach.  The most important elements of a successful off-road adventure are safety and preparation.  You will gain hands-on skills in:

  • General Safety
  • When to use high-and low-range
  • Differentials, hubs and traction control
  • Tire Pressure
  • Descents/Ascents
  • Driving on or through sand, grass, mud, rocks and Water
  • Wilderness First Aid Level 2
  • 4x4 Driving

Learn more by contacting one of the team.

What is included

• Pre-departure support • Airport transfers • Local project staff / trainers • All training listed • FGASA exam fee • National Park entry fee • Accommodation • Three full meals per day • 24/7 emergency back-up • Financial protection

What is not included

• Flights • Travel insurance • Visa & vaccinations • Optional activities • Personal kit • Spending money

Where will I be staying?

Accommodation in 3x3 meter canvas twin-shared domed tents, comfortable and spacious with full electricity with USB charging points.  There is a shared bathroom block ten metres away with separate male and female facilities. The main camp area offers a leisure room, with games equipment, as well as a PC and fully-stocked library. Students’ have access to Wi-Fi. There is a pool too for cooling off and relaxing around in the summer months and an open-air boma, with a fire pit, to gather in and swap stories during the evenings.

What is the food like?

Students are provided with three wholesome meals a day. The type of meals vary - breakfast typically consists of either eggs & sausages or cereal & muffins, lunch of meat with salad, and dinner can be braai (BBQ) or beef stew with rice, vegetables and salad

Who takes part in this program?

This course is perfect for aspiring field guides, gap year students, aspiring conservationists or those looking for a life-enriching career break.  Additionally, those with a passion for closing the gap in relevant ecological knowledge are welcome to roll up their sleeves and gain hands-on experience. The minimum age to participate is 18.

Who will be supervising me?

The course is run by professional local staff with nearly 70 years combined experience in the safari guiding industry. Together, the team conveys a well-rounded understanding of the environment, wildlife, field guiding, and safari hospitality

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend you budget approximately £50 / $70 per week to cover items not included in the itinerary such as laundry, drinks and snacks. Please note this is a guideline only.

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  • South Africa
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Departures: January, April, July, October

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