Comprehensive field guide training

in South Africa


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You’ve heard of safaris and field guides, and you’re interested in African wildlife. With Bushwise you can earn valuable qualifications to become a field guide and work in the industry! But we’re about so much more than teaching you to lead a safari – we’re about helping you become a storyteller and ambassador of nature. We give you the tools you need to share your insights and knowledge with guests in the African bush. When you join a Bushwise field guide course, you answer your wild calling. You’re no longer an observer, you’re a participant. Welcome to Bushwise, we can’t wait to meet you.


Bushwise is a leading accredited and endorsed field guide training provider in South Africa. We have programs for future guides, wildlife enthusiasts, gap year students, and people who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life. Join us for 60 days, six months or a year, as you reconnect with your wild side! Live and learn in the African bush with other students from around the world. Observe and study wildlife in their natural habitat as you earn valuable field guide qualifications. Train with expert, award-winning trainers. You’ll make lifelong friends, see unbelievable things, grow as a person, and boost your CV. What’s holding you back? Join a Bushwise field guide course and answer your wild calling!

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guarantees employment

Since 2012, all South Africa graduates of the 50 week FGASA Field Guide course have secured a job offer within six months.

*Not including Covid-19 lockdown period when many companies had hiring freezes.

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Our programs

In-person: Bushwise Professional Field Guide Course
In-person: Bushwise Professional Field Guide Course
23 or 50 weeks
08 Jul
£ 16,700
In-person: Bushwise 60-day Safari Guide course
In-person: Bushwise 60-day Safari Guide course
8.5 weeks
08 Jul
£ 7,175
Online: FGASA Field Guiding Online Course
Online: FGASA Field Guiding Online Course
12 weeks
26 Jun
£ 1,300
Online: FGASA Nature Enthusiast Online Course
Online: FGASA Nature Enthusiast Online Course
8 weeks
26 Jun
£ 720
Online: Introduction to Field Guiding Online Course
Online: Introduction to Field Guiding Online Course
4 weeks
21 Aug
£ 720

Don’t just take our word for it!

I had the most amazing 6 months with Bushwise and cannot praise highly enough the quality of training and friendliness of all the staff. The experience and knowledge I gained goes far beyond what I expected, with trainers passing on information that you cannot possibly learn in textbooks! The Bushwise campus is the perfect balance between a professional training environment and a family atmosphere where you instantly feel safe and comfortable in the bush. As an international wanting to get into the industry there are additional challenges compared to South Africans, but again the support and patience from Bushwise was and still is incredible!

Sophie Pyper United Kingdom, 2020

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