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Out here


teaches us

Go further with

placements across

5 continents

The knowledge and experience you’ll gain at Bushwise is transferable across our wild planet. Our graduates have gone on to work in lodges, reserves and national parks, as park rangers, tour guides, researchers and conservationists. 


In addition to placements in every corner of South Africa, our international work placements include:

  • Costa Rica: Research assistant in a rainforest conservation organisation

  • Namibia: Game Ranger in the Etosha National Park

  • Fiji: Wildlife researcher

  • Thailand: Conservation officer working in elephant rehabilitation

  • Canary Islands: Wildlife research analyst


career path

career potential







Recognised in Southern Africa

Guide at a range of lodges

R150,000-350,000 per year (Basic salary + tips)

FGASA Nature Site Guide

Recognised as industry standard for guiding in South Africa


How does an IFGA qualification compare?

The International Field Guide Association (IFGA) sets global standards for wildlife and safari guides. 


The letters IFG after their name mean a guide has been successfully admitted to, and passed, the most selective guide training program in the world, and they are prepared to exceed guest expectations, every step of the way.


Bushwise is the exclusive Southern African training provider for IFGA qualifications. For the select students in our International Field Guide course who qualify, IFGA training comes at no additional cost.

Shaping ultimate

wildlife guides

Guide or head guide at luxury lodges, hosting international guests

Yes, placements across five continents

R650,000-R850,000 per year* (Basic salary + international tips)

The letters IFG after your name

Preferred by 92% of luxury lodges**

Yes. Approximately 20% of candidates are successful.


Guide at a range of lodges

Projected career path

Global career potential

Recognised in Southern Africa

Salary expectations

R150,000-350,000 per year (Basic salary + tips)


FGASA Nature Site Guide


Recognised as industry standard for guiding in South Africa

Selective admissions?


*Projections based on 7+ years of experience working at luxury safari lodges or their equivalent. **Based on market research conducted in 2023 with luxury lodges across Southern Africa, when comparing IFGA with other guiding qualifications.


       benefits at Bushwise

Career guarantee

An industry exclusive

100% employment rate

Your dream career is in sight

Recruitment services

Networking & job opportunities


What makes

Bushwise different?



Africa provider


of lodges would prefer

to hire a Bushwise graduate

No. 1

rated on Trustpilot

Our field guide
courses are wilder

Begin the biggest adventure of your career and train to become a qualified field guide in South Africa’s Big Five territory. Study under the guidance of industry experts and award winners with over 100 years of combined experience. Witness wildlife in their natural habitats as you learn about animal behaviour and ecosystem functions. You’ll earn professional certificates which will open doors for a career in conservation, wildlife, ecotourism and more. When you join an in-person course with Bushwise, you’re setting yourself up for success – whether you become a safari guide in South Africa, a wilderness guide in Alaska, a game ranger in Namibia, a researcher in Costa Rica, or a conservationist in Thailand. Our top programs are backed by the International Field Guide Association (IFGA), for which we are the exclusive training provider in Southern Africa. With an IFGA qualification, you stand out as a global leader in guiding and wildlife. It’s this global qualification, international work placement opportunities and expert guidance that will set you apart in your career growth. We offer two signature nature courses, our 6-12 month Bushwise International Field Guide course and Bushwise 60-day Safari Guide course. Both are IFGA courses, designed for career-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. You’ll earn valuable qualifications like: – IFGA Field Guide – CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide NQF2 – Bushwise Field Guide – CyberTracker evaluation – Wilderness First Aid – Reptile Handling Our field guide and wildlife courses – rated No.1 on TrustPilot – offer a blend of classroom lessons, theory, practical training and real-world experience. Your work placement - whether here in South Africa or abroad with one of our international conservation partners - will get you a foot in the door. Our career guarantee - which is unique in the industry - will set you up for success. We have a 100% employment rate and the majority of superior and luxury lodges request Bushwise graduates. We’re proud of our students@heart policy and we know this experience will change your life! Whether you're a career or experience seeker, you have 60 days or a whole year to join us, there’s a Bushwise wildlife course or field guiding course for you. Find yours.

The wild is your office

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