Our PartnersOver the years Bushwise has developed close relationships with some of the most respected organisations, lodges, educational bodies and conservation groups in Africa.
GVI is one of the most well respected conservation organisations working in Africa today. Relying on volunteers to assist long term research and conservation projects all over Africa. GVI supports over 150 programs and employs over 250 field staff. Many of Bushwise’s students have gone on to have work placements with GVI and some have forged successful long-term careers.
Owner Colin Patrick, is a FGASA Accredited training provider and assessor and is a cybertracker and FGASA SKS DG trainer and evaluator.
As a field guide he has achieved the top qualifications of scout, and he is passionate about teaching people the signs that can be read from the tracks left by the creatures of the African bush.
Bushwise carries out its practical training on Makalali Private Game Reserve a spectacular 26,000 hectare big five wilderness reserve in the Limpopo province. The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve (GMPGR) is situated west of Kruger National Park and promises intimate wildlife encounters and an ideal training ground with its ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo and other characteristic species are cheetah, giraffe, zebra and kudu.
‘Bushwise have been traversing on The Greater Makalali Nature Reserve (GMPGR) since 2006. Bushwise offers Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) field guide training courses amongst others which are run over 60 days. Over this period the guides are trained in all facets of field guiding and ultimately come through the course with skills that allow them to start a career in guiding. The GMPGR has a variation of commercial lodges, private lodges and volunteer organisations operating on the reserve. Many Bushwise students/guides have been placed within these operations over the years. Due to the high standard of training of field guides Bushwise have developed a good reputation as a professional training organisation.
They are always willing and eager to assist with training field guides within other operations on the reserve and helping wherever they can.
As the Warden of the GMPGR I have come to expect friendly and professional conduct and behaviour from the Bushwise management, trainers and guides.’ Rob Panos, Warden
Bushwise is proud to be featured as one of Africa Geographic’s ‘Special Places’.
‘Bushwise is consistent in providing high-quality and informative blog articles for us to publish. Accompanied with stunning photos, their articles always make for a fascinating read, be it about a particular animal species or general facts on wildlife and guiding. No matter what the content, their articles can be considered as valuable resources for those interested in field guiding and to those interested in learning more about African wildlife.’ Theo Felmore, Content Editor
The Lowveld Trails Co. was established in 2016 by Trails Guides for Trails Guides. Founded on the basis of passion, experience and quality the company now proudly leads the revival of holistic nature based experiences through industry-leading Walking Safaris, Trails Guide Courses, Mentorship and Assessments.
‘Lowveld Trails Company has enjoyed a productive professional relationship with Bushwise Field Guides, facilitating the practical component of their Trails Guide Courses for the past 3 years. Bushwise produces some top quality Field Guides, evidenced by the fact that one of their alumni is now employed by Lowveld Trails Co.’ Wayne te Brake, owner
Our wine tasting course is done in collaboration with Safari Wines.
Providing TETA Accredited & FGASA endorsed Guide Specific 4x4 driver training, Nostophobic Adventures provides the industry standard in training guides to drive guests in on & off-road conditions.
Additionally, being a tour operator delivering specialist Adventure & Nature Tours across Southern Africa; this enables our guides to incorporate this knowledge into further developing their guiding skills, just as they do for their clients on their various tours
Our reptile orientation course is provided in collaboration with Kinyonga Reptile Centre.
Modjadji First Aid
First Aid training on Bushwise courses is offered by Modjadji First Aid.
The Tzaneen Training Course is our provider for Sasseta Training.
‘Bushwise is highly regarded in the training arena and students from all over the world and Southern Africa attend the course at a unique location within the Lowveld area. The facilities, level of training and standard of the graduates is exceptional and as such, guides graduating are sought after by the Tourism Industry.’ Michelle du Plessis, Managing Director
ABM College SA
ABM College SA brand lives its values of a culture of inclusivity, openness and transparency, efficient and ethical work habits, teamwork and cooperation with our strategic partners and enabling individuals to reach their full potential.
They empower our students, faculty and staff to exceed the expectations of society through academic excellence, community enrichment and service to the public good.
Kevin Samuels from South Africa
“I’m really glad I picked Bushwise over the other courses I considered. I’ve got no doubt my theoretical knowledge here is as good, probably better, than what I would have got elsewhere. This, coupled with the care, attention and passion that our trainers showed – made it the ideal place to get my foot into the guiding industry.”
Alice Giovanardi from Italy
“What I loved the most about my Bushwise experience is the fact that we were always in contact with the wilderness, 100% of our time. I had never been to Africa before, and it is such a magical place…
During my 2-week course with Bushwise we did so many game drives and learned a lot of things about the bush and the animals living in there.”