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The knowledge 

     you need to be

    an ultimate guide

Join this online course to attend live lectures delivered by leaders in their field who have over 50 years of combined experience. See the African wild through their eyes, informed by in-depth knowledge developed over many years. Listen to their stories and learn from their successes and missteps. Ask them questions and receive personal feedback.

Course overview

Ready to become the best guide you can be? Once you’ve completed our Nature Enthusiast Online course, you can join our Introduction to Field Guiding Online course! This 4-week program covers the essentials of properly guiding a tour in the bushveld.


Learning is facilitated through weekly discussion of real-world case studies. This helps to ground the theory in the practical application of field guiding, getting you ready to enter this exciting industry.


The five modules included in this course compliment the 16 ecology-focused modules of the Nature Enthusiast Online course. They are designed to develop you into an exceptional field guiding professional, and develop the advanced safety skills required to give clients the up close and personal wildlife interactions they hope for.

Course specifics

4 weeks

7 - 10 hours per week


18 and above (We welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.)



On completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the field guide

  • Lead and engage large groups of diverse people from around the world

  • Understand the recommended ethical guiding practices and carry out an ethical guided experience in the natural environment

  • Carry out research on suitable sites in preparation for your guests

  • Ensure the health and safety of your clients on a guided experience.

Why study with Bushwise?

What sets Bushwise apart

Since the first Bushwise course was held in 2006, we’ve provided world-class field guide training to students from around the globe. Bushwise online delivers the highest standard in theoretical knowledge for guiding in South Africa and beyond.

It’s our passion, respect and dedication to nature and our students that drives us to keep on improving our courses.

No.1 rated on TrustPilot

Our courses consistently rank highest on multiple review platforms, from No.1 on TrustPilot to our top ratings on Google, Facebook, GoAbroad and GoOverseas. Students love how interactive, flexible, eye-opening and educational our online courses are.

More than the fundamentals

Our courses follow IFGA and Bushwise curriculum, to ensure you get the highest quality education. But we don’t stop there! By attending our masterclasses, you’ll gain insight into various aspects of conservation including anti-poaching initiatives and innovative conservation strategies.

Flexibility for all lifestyles

Join us for 4 to 12 weeks while continuing your normal daily life. Classes are designed to be flexible, with pre-recorded segments and live lectures. Study in your own time. Our online courses are designed for everyone from students to nature enthusiasts, bush-lovers, career seekers, future guides and people with a little extra time who just want to learn!

Award winning trainers

The Bushwise online courses are led by award-winning staff — including Nico Brits, category winner from Safari Guide of the Year competition 2022. Our trainers are experts in their field, and are constantly gaining experience and knowledge themselves. We are a specialised and committed team, with nearly a century of experience combined. We have experts in entomology, ornithology, conservation, rifle handling, botany and more.

Soft skills

Guiding isn’t just about the knowledge you share, it’s about the way you guide and how you connect with your guests. It’s the soft skills that make a world-class guide stand apart from the rest: communication, leadership, empathy, creativity, problem-solving, decision-making and more. We believe in the importance of training students on these aspects to make them the best guides possible.

Support at every step

Feel supported throughout your time with us. Bushwise’s online courses are unique due to the amount of learning support we give students, including interactive online platforms and proactive communication. When you need extra guidance on a topic, our trainers will be there to give you the support you need.

Course details

Introduction to Field Guiding Online Course

Learn with the top-rated online field guide trainer. Engage in personal, interactive learning experiences delivered by our academy of experts. Make connections, start your dream career.





AGE: 18+

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