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    Bushwise Courses

    Bushwise specializes in field guide and wildlife training, running three types of courses tailored for the African Safari lodge industry.

    Bushwise wildlife training specialises in highly acclaimed FGASA Field Guide training, which includes various wildlife courses and nature conservation courses tailored for the African safari lodge industry. Over the years, Bushwise has built its excellent reputation in the safari industry by training high achieving field guides, both practically and academically. These wildlife courses, wildlife training programs, and nature conservation courses allow our students to enter the industry at the top of their game.

    Our wildlife courses and nature conservation courses are developed to release conservationists into the field with the general knowledge of implementing and contributing to conservation efforts. This is achieved by giving them the knowledge and skills on conservation, and we also develop their people skills to educate the clients they might work with. Bushwise aims to have students that are sufficient in assisting natural resource managers, park managers and scientific officers in every aspect of their field guiding career. 


    From 2012 – 2018, Bushwise FGASA results have been the highest in the industry, compared to all other long-term training providers. It comes as no surprise then, that for the last 6 years, 100% of Bushwise’s South African graduates have been offered permanent jobs in the industry. Bushwise recruitment was developed to help you secure that permanent position, at no extra cost.


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    FGASA Professional Field Guide Course

    Spend 23 weeks training and achieve the FGASA Level 1 Professional Field Guide Qualification in the African bush, as well as other qualifications & skills included in the course. You can also chose to include an optional six months practical work experience on a game reserve or volunteer or research program.

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    FGASA Field Guiding and Conservation Careers Internship

    Bushwise Field Guides offers the most comprehensive field guide course in South Africa for under 21s. With career exposure placement options at 3–5 star lodges and research centres, you will have a big advantage when starting your career.

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    Wildlife Research Expedition

    This program, which takes place in 4, 8 or 12 week durations, is of particular relevance to students wishing to gain practical exposure and experience in the field, as well as to develop the necessary ‘on the ground’ skills in order to become a more well-rounded wildlife field researcher in the conservation industry. Alongside intensive field experiences, lectures, practical surveys, research and tracking techniques and skills are taught as a focus for the duration of the course.

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    Apprentice Trails Guide Course

    On the 14 day Bushwise Apprentice Trails Guide course in conjunction with Lowveldt Training you will cover all the necessary requirements to meet the FGASA apprentice trails guide qualification. Your time will be spent meeting the minimum number of dangerous game encounters, on foot and logging the minimum number of hours required. This course will also focus on the ethos of guiding, as well as bush skills.

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    Looking for a shorter alternative? Get a taste for what it’s like to be a field guide and get exposed to local wildlife while learning about Southern African fauna and flora. The 60-day field guide course does not offer all the requirements to qualify, but it’s a great adventure to explore what it would be like to be a field guide. 


    Kate Nelson

    General manager Camp Jabulani, Relais & Châteaux

    “Bushwise is a professional organisation, committed to the welfare of its students and to ensuring that they enter the safari industry with the correct qualifications, a high level of knowledge and strong guiding ethics.”

    Ben Tupper 

    former Bushwise student, now GVI SANParks Internship Coordinator

    “Signing up and completing Bushwise has changed the course of not only my career but my entire life. I now get to wake up every morning to the sounds of baboons and hyenas and end each day with the setting African sun; none of this would have been possible without undergoing the Bushwise course”