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Final stretch

Final stretch

The last few weeks of May, was a busy time. Fgasa exam time was on the horizon. After 18 weeks of intense study of the 17 modules that compose the FGASA level 1 course, now known as Field Guide NQF2, today is the big day. At 8.00 am Head trainer Ben delivers the...

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Nearly there

Nearly there

Another intense week lies behind everyone in the camp, full of Level 1 assessment game drives and Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) assessments. By now, it is safe to say that all of us successfully passed our assessment drives, to the explicit noteworthiness by our Head...

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Make it or break it

Make it or break it

Last week was hectic, intense and for most students a relief as well. Imagine identifying a white crested helmet shrike from its call, talk about the impala rut while giving a guided experience and shoot a (fake) charging lion within a split second. Last week has been...

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What is FGASA Level 1 and Level 2?

What is FGASA Level 1 and Level 2?

Tourism in South Africa continues to be one of the country’s major revenue stream, with over 3.5 million tourists visiting our shores last year alone.  Most of these people embarked on a adventure of a lifetime as they ventured into the untouched wilderness to view...

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What makes an Excellent Field Guide

What makes an Excellent Field Guide

Before I give my opinion on this, let us just have a brief look at what field guiding actually is all about. You have probably seen those open game viewers that drive around in game reserves with a bunch of people in the back? Well, they have a driver on board that is...

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New tastes and triumphs

Semester 4 has well and truly snuck up on us. As the prospect of being qualified field guides in just under four weeks looms, the group feeling seems to be apprehensive but wildly excited. Week 1 kicks off with the first of our live firing drills for Advanced Rifle...

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The importance of a work placement

The importance of a work placement

You have just left your family and friends behind, even potentially relocated to South Africa, to live and breathe the intensive six month training that Bushwise has to offer. Then you make it, you are now a fully qualified FGASA Level 1 Field Guide. It feels amazing...

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