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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 & Hospitality training, which includes various wildlife 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 and wildlife training programs allow our students to enter the industry at the top of their game.

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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Academic Groups

With over ten years experience training top field guides in South Africa, we know the bush and we know safety. Working with our highly qualified team and leaders in conservation, natural and biological sciences we are well placed to offer educational programs to schools and universities.We offer both standard and customisable programs to meet your requirements.

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Nature Conservation Courses

To contribute to the conservation of natural resources and our rich biodiversity, some form of nature training is essential. The synergy of all the elements in nature is so diverse that one single nature conservation course will not cover everything you need to know.

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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”