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Bushwise Field Guides students are highly sought after in the safari industry. We guarantee a permanent position for all our South African graduates within six months of completing the Bushwise International Field Guide course. These include positions as field guides, junior reserve assistants and conservationists in Southern Africa. Start your field guiding career with Bushwise and have the chance to work with some of Africa’s leading safari lodges and conservation oriented institutions.





Our unique offer

Since 2012, 100% of our South African graduates have received permanent employment in the safari industry.* Bushwise promises the same result to all South African participants. Bushwise is a recognised educational institution and prides itself on being the top-rated and lowest-priced CATHSSETA training provider in the industry.

Your money back

Bushwise is confident that you’ll secure a job offer within six months of completing our 12-month program successfully. As part of our promise to you, Bushwise will return half of your course fees should you be unsuccessful in securing a job placement.

How it works

Bushwise works closely with key players in the wildlife sector to align our curriculum with the latest industry requirements, including CATHSSETA and IFGA standards. This is how we ensure our students receive the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge. We are committed to our role as the top-rated CATHSSETA training provider in the industry and continue to deliver world-class training for our participants. This is how we’ve built strong relationships with lodges in South Africa and beyond.


Bushwise field guides are highly skilled, motivated and professional ambassadors not only for Bushwise, but for the industry as a whole. Alongside our successful industry relationships, our field guides have a reputation for quality and excellence. We are confident that this reputation will continue and expand across the industry, which we have already seen with graduates going on to work across the world in countries like Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Patagonia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

*Not including Covid-19 lockdown period when many companies had hiring freezes.


Anel Olivier
Majete Wildlife Reserve

The course was incredibly well planned, but also leaving space to change and adapt which is a necessity in the bush. I did a 6 month placement at Greenfire Game Lodge in Balule Wildlife Reserve. I did game drives and bush walks, hosting in the main lodge, and also some general lodge and reserve management activities. Bushwise surely set us up with the right skills needed for this life. It is the perfect window into a career in the bush, whether it is into guiding or any other wildlife related field. Bushwise builds a personal lasting relationship with each of their students, making you a part of their small bush-family.

Thabisane Ernest
Mala Mala Game Reserve
South Africa

I read on Mala Mala’s website that they were looking for a guide. The requirements were stated clearly on the website: FGASA L1, First Aid L2, Track & Sign Qualification, Advanced 4×4 Driving Certificate, knowledge of food and beverage. Thanks to Bushwise, I had all the required qualifications that obviously put me in a more advantaged position. My advice to aspiring guides out there is, never underestimate what you can achieve. I wouldn’t have achieved all this without the high-quality training from Bushwise Field Guides, thank you for the opportunity, thanks to the dedicated and experienced trainers who equipped me with knowledge and field experience. The advice and mentorship after I had finished the course has been very helping during the beginning of my guiding career.

Ryan Jack
Africa on Foot
South Africa

Bushwise qualification helped me as a working guide in the industry. I was placed at Africa on Foot in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve, which I really loved. I was always interested in Trails guiding and it was a great place to start my career in the industry and the guides there really helped me learn even more and grow as a guide. I am now working permanently for Africa on Foot at their sister camp called nThmabo Tree Camp. I plan to gain my full Lead Trails qualification and then go onto to do Level 2 FGASA. I would eventually like to start leading guided walks out into the reserve. I would definitely recommend Bushwise as it is a great course and an amazing experience which can help you get a great start in the guiding industry.

Our Alumni

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