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    About Us

    Bushwise specializes in running professional FGASA's (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) accredited courses. Both the organisation, as well as our graduates, are highly recognized in the safari industry due to our high standards and excellent reputation.

    About Us


    Bushwise Field Guides is set in the heart of South Africa’s bushveld. We are an accredited Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) training provider with the highest success rate in passing the FGASA exams, and also securing field guiding jobs post-internship. Our story explains the passion that drives Bushwise, it’s a wonderful exploration into our co-founder and definitely worth a read. 

    The courses, alongside the FGASA curriculum, have been set up by experienced people who have been working extensively in the field, in training, program logistics, field guiding, and the eco-tourism industry.

    Bushwise delivers the highest standard in both theoretical knowledge and practical experience to ensure that our students land the best jobs in the future. The courses are designed to train students in becoming competent field guides, and provide them with the skills they need to take on wildlife research programs. In summary, these 10 facts will be very valuable as to why choose Bushwise. 

    Bushwise offers Professional Field Guiding courses accredited by FGASA, Wildlife Research Expeditions, and Field Guiding internships.


    Our standards

    Bushwise has the best quality courses, providing comprehensive and essential information, while steering clear of adding on any irrelevant extras to an already jam-packed course. 

    We go to great lengths to uphold the renowned quality of our courses, and the high standards of knowledge and expertise that our graduates demonstrate. 

    That’s why we ensure all activities are carefully picked to guarantee quality, not quantity, and ensure that students receive the foundation needed to reach their best potential as field guides. 

    We include additional qualifications in the course, which are carefully chosen to ensure that there is no compromise on the core foundation subjects needed to become a field guide. This adds value by promoting our students’ capabilities, and improving their prospects in the industry and the field they are striving to start a career in.

    Bushwise graduates are highly sought after by leading South African employers.


    Careers after Bushwise

    South African students are guaranteed a job offer within six months of finishing and passing their course. Our focus lies in training students to become top-quality field guides that are sought after within the safari industry.  

    The Professional Field Guide course includes a six-month career exposure internship, where students gain valuable hands-on experience.  Students receive intensive training that will allow them to take on the role of a park ranger, game ranger, or wildlife researcher.


    Field guide exposure

    Bushwise courses are specifically developed to ensure that students become competent field guides. Students will gain experience through a career exposure internship, and get a foot in the door for future employment. We have a strong emphasis on producing guides that are all-rounded, with excellent practical skills to accompany theoretical knowledge.

    Bushwise has been set up by experienced people who have been working extensively in training, program logistics, field guiding, and the eco-tourism industry. Bushwise has consistently attained some of the highest FGASA Level 1 examination results compared to other long-term training providers.


    Keenan Houareau – Head Ranger at Karongwe Portfolio

    “Bushwise students are an asset to the team here on Karongwe . Bushwise students are the future to a strong guiding team and they bring with them the knowledge and professionalism that Bushwise teaches them.”

    Chantal Gerstner from South Africa

    “I’ve taken so much in from my course through Bushwise that helped me grow and succeed in both my life and work environments . It helped me grow mentally in so many ways; and I had a lifetime of wow, amazing, fun and learning times and it was so worth it. It was an experience that made a positive and strong impact on my life. I’ll always remember and be thankful to Bushwise and the Bushwise team – they motivate you and you gain so much from them that improves your life positively as well as your work goals. You really can go far in so many ways with Bushwise if you also work hard with them through it. It’s a pure adventure, and a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t regret!!!”