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Careers in the Lodge Industry

Bushwise professional courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the lodge industry.

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Bushwise Field Guides professional courses prepare participants for careers in the lodge industry. We are recognised in the safari industry as a field guide training provider with the highest quality graduates. This is one of the reasons that students who graduate from our FGASA Professional Field Guide course qualify for the Bushwise Employment Guarantee. 

It’s not easy to start a career in the lodge industry. That’s why Bushwise goes above and beyond to ensure that our students embody professionalism, are well trained and are truly the cream of the crop. Bushwise graduates are therefore highly sought after by lodges, wildlife conservation centres and wildlife rehabilitation centres, not only in South Africa but the world over. 

Our wildlife courses are suitable for anyone looking to start their career in the lodge industry. As a Bushwise-qualified FGASA Apprentice Field Guide, you will have the skills and knowledge to stand tall in most careers in wildlife conservation. 

After graduating from Bushwise, you will have access to the following entry-level fieldwork opportunities in the lodge industry.

Field guide / Safari guide 

As a field guide, you need a well-rounded knowledge of nature, an ability to work with wildlife and a willingness to help the park rangers when they are in need of some extra hands. 

Your main responsibility will be to interact with the guests of the reserve. You’ll meet new people, take them out on game drives or bush walks, and pass on all your knowledge to those keen to learn about the bush. 

Think of yourself as the translator between nature and the guests, where you focus on explaining the many aspects of fauna and flora and how to look after it in an ethical manner.

Trails guide / Walking safari guide

As a trails guide, you are qualified to take guests on walking safaris in the reserve.

Your key responsibilities include knowing the movements of the animals on the reserve, understanding their behaviour and being able to share this knowledge with the guests you have on your walk. 

Park ranger / Reserve manager 

Your main responsibilities as a park ranger are conserving nature and managing the infrastructure and resources of the game reserve. This includes managing the animal population, alien plant control, fencing, roads, water resources, and bush clearing.

Game ranger / Wildlife manager 

Game ranger and park ranger jobs regularly overlap on reserves, but your main focus will be the wellbeing of the animals on the reserve. You will monitor their habitat with the park ranger and ensure optimal conditions as far as possible for the health and reproduction of the animals.


Greg Moran from South Africa

“I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a great deal. I thought being in the bush my whole life, I would have known a lot, but what I have learned here, I could never have anywhere else. Excellent trainers and great friendly staff – always ready to help and make this probably the best experience I have ever had. For that, I am so grateful to Bushwise!”

Lukas Pfaudler from Germany

“I was dreaming of Africa since I was a little boy. My biggest wish was to experience the amazing wildlife of Africa, not just out of a vehicle or a movie. Bushwise made this dream come true and offered so much more.”