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Bushwise job placements are at a selection of prestigious lodges and game reserves in South Africa. Here, you will gain first-hand experience of guiding life.



Bushwise offers an optional job placement for all our FGASA Professional Field Guide course and FGASA Field Guiding and Conservation Careers Internship graduates. Students have to pass their course, or internship to qualify for a placement option.  The Bushwise head trainer will assess each and every student to see which placement suits them best, focussing on evaluating students based on performance, interest, and the students’ personality traits. That is why Bushwise has a 100% employment success rate for South African students. 

Job placements are at a selection of prestigious lodges and game reserves in South Africa, like Mala Mala, Lion Sands, Londolozi, Sabi Sabi, Thornybush, and Singita. Placements often lead to permanent positions, not only nationally but also beyond our borders. Bushwise students have worked in Patagonia, USA, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and Rwanda. By getting experience in a luxury game lodge, animal rehab centre or at a wildlife research & monitoring centre, you can secure a permanent position as a field guide, reserve management, or conservationist around the globe.

K9 Conservation

K9 Conservation specialises in anti-poaching services with the use of working dogs to ensure the protection of threatened wildlife and the conservation of their habitats. 

Bushwise students are the best suited candidates for our placements, they have to be strong minded, dedicated and have a passion for wanting to protect rhinos and other animals from poaching. Bushwise does a great job of selecting those candidates for us and they have been a great addition to our Anti poaching field ranging teams. We would not hesitate to permanently employ Bushwise graduates

GVI Karongwe


GVI Karongwe is a Wildlife Research hub based in the heart of Limpopo. We host international volunteers who aid us with tracking our focus animals, data collection, reserve management and community outreach. Our participants join GVI because they are passionate about making a tangible difference towards wildlife conservation and can use the skills they learn as a tool to further their tertiary studies or improve their employability. 

Our Bushwise interns are a valuable addition to the GVI house as they bring fresh knowledge and enthusiasm to the team. Those with an interest in science have assisted our science officer with various research projects on Karongwe and in some cases have been credited in scientific papers for their work. Several Bushwise students have been given a permanent position after their 6-month placement at GVI as we believe these work placements are key to understanding how an employee will fit into your organisation. 


Leo Africa

LEO Africa is a wildlife monitoring, conservation and sustainable living volunteer project based on the Marataba Section of the Marakele National Park. Our work is vital for the park itself as we are the only monitoring and conservation team, so all the data that we collect each month through drives and camera traps is processed and written in the form of monthly report for the park management. Working at LEO Africa means to be part of a motivated conservation team, to learn to live sustainably, to be exposed to real wildlife monitoring in a pristine area and make a difference for the environment and its wildlife on a daily basis, with the help of dedicated volunteers who join us from all around the world.

Bushwise has been sending us placement students for the past few years. We are very impressed by the quality of the preparation of the students who start their internship with LEO Africa and some of them were also offered a job after their internship. We highly recommend Bushwise as a training facility if guiding or conservation are your passions and you would like to work in the field and have a great preparation.

Nyati Game Reserve

Nyati Safari Lodge, a Luxury lodge situated in the Greater Kruger National Park offering various activities on site or off site, Big 5 safari’s, Sun downers, Quad Bike Safari’s, Golf, Cultural Tours, Bush Spa, Bush Shop etc. We offer various full board accommodation options from 2 bed chalets to 8 sleeper family units.

The Bushwise students we received from Bushwise thus far have all been very knowledgeable well trained and very eager to work with excitement in everything they do.