What in-person wildlife courses do you offer?
We currently run two in-person courses:
We also offer a Wildlife Conservation Program in collaboration with our sister company, GVI.
How long are the courses?
Our flagship course, the Bushwise Professional Field Guide course, is 6 or 12 months long. The longer option includes a 6-month work placement at a lodge, reserve, or wildlife conservation organisation. We also offer our 60-day Safari Guide course. This condensed version of our flagship course is ideal for career and experience seekers alike.
For those looking for something more adapted to their timeline, we offer Wildlife Conservation programs of two weeks to one year.
Where are these courses held?
Our core wildlife courses are held at one of our two campuses close to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Please visit our campus pages to read more about these amazing locations.
Do you offer any shorter in-person courses?
Our Bushwise 60-day Safari Guide course is everything you need to enter the competitive ecotourism and conservation industries. Whether you want a career in wildlife or just want to spend two months living in the bush and learning about nature, this is a great short option for those who don’t have 6 or 12 months.
Are there any age requirements?
There is no maximum age to join a Bushwise course! We have people of all ages, from 18 years and up, join our courses. The minimum age to participate in our Bushwise Professional Field Guide course is 18, and you must be 21 to get your PrDp and guide in a vehicle. It’s never too soon to start working towards your career!
Who else will be on this course with me?
Like-minded people with a passion for nature, love of wildlife and keen interest in making a difference in conservation. Our student body is quite diverse, representing many countries, cultures, ages, backgrounds and points of view. It’s a great way to meet new people while gaining new skills.
How many students are on each course?
There’s an average of 15-20 people on each campus, to ensure plenty of personalised training opportunities and support. This allows us to have a ratio of about 5-7 students for every trainer.
Are there language requirements?
Yes, as all of our course lectures and exams (including the FGASA exams) are delivered in English. We welcome people who speak English as a second language! Many of our trainers also speak Afrikaans and other South African languages.
Can you help me finance my course?
We offer payment options and we often have scholarships available for those who qualify. Reach out to our team to find out more.