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Apprentice Trails Guide Course

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This course offers students the required number of on foot encounters to write the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Exam and undergo assessment as an Apprentice Trails Guide

next start date 4 June 2021

DURATION 23 OR 50 WEEKS

Format On-campus, in-country

Price from R25,500

ACCREDITATION FGASA

AGE 18+

OPTIONAL EXTRAS FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide

Price from R25,500

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Overview

PLEASE NOTE: The Apprentice Trails Guide course is only open to students who meet the minimum requirements. You must posses a valid FGASA Apprentice Guide Certificate and be a paid up FGASA member.

On the 28 day Bushwise Apprentice Trails Guide course in conjunction with Lowveld Trails Co. you will cover all the necessary requirements to meet the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide qualification. Your time will be spent meeting the minimum number of dangerous game encounters, on foot and logging the minimum number of hours required. This course will also focus on the ethos of guiding and bush skills.

For Bushwise FGASA Professional Field Guide Students we offer an Apprentice Trails Guide Course 14 day add on option.

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This course offers students the required number of on foot encounters to write the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Exam and undergo assessment as an Apprentice Trails Guide

next start date 4 June 2021

DURATION 23 OR 50 WEEKS

Format On-campus, in-country

Price from R25,500

ACCREDITATION FGASA

AGE 18+

OPTIONAL EXTRAS FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide

Price from R25,500

enquire

Details

The course is extremely practical and intense, with an average of 7 hours spent walking in a Big Game Area each day. Our basic tented camp is set under giant Jackalberry Trees in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The area is classic Big Game Country, with healthy numbers of ALL members of the Big 5, providing the ideal conditions under which to attain the experience required to kick-start your Trails Guiding Career. You will log priceless hours and Dangerous Game Encounters, under experienced mentors who will guide you through the process of approaching and retreating from Dangerous Game on foot. This experience is necessary in order to be assessed as a FGASA Back up Trails Guide.

A typical day starts with a wake-up call before sunrise. As the birds announce the approaching day, we enjoy coffee and rusks, before heading out on a 4 or 5 hour walk as soon as it is light enough.
We return to camp before midday for a well-earned brunch, before daily debrief, a short lecture, or a few hours free to shower, read or take a nap. The lunch bell rings, usually at around 3pm, announcing a light meal, before we again head off into the wilderness for a 2 to 3 hour walk, gaining more valuable hours and encounters.

Dinner and a crackling campfire await us back at camp, usually followed by an open air shower and an early night after the exertions of the day.
At times we will be walking for long periods in rugged conditions, so students should be prepared to get hot, dirty and sweaty, all part of being a Trails Guide operating in Africa’s Wilderness Areas.

The Course

The Apprentice Trails Guide Course runs over a period of 11 nights and 12 days in the world-famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

The course consists of 2 Phases:

Phase 1 – We spend the first 8 nights at a basic tented camp, walking every morning and afternoon, logging Hours and Dangerous Game Encounters that go towards the Back-up Trails Guide Qualification.

Phase 2 – The final 3 nights are spent on a primitive, Wilderness Backpack Trail, during which FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Assessments will take place.

Daily schedule

Day 1 :

Arrive midday, Orientation followed by an afternoon walk

Day 2 – 8 :

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Day 9 :

After an early morning walk from the basecamp, we commence with Phase 2, the Wilderness Backpack Trail and Assessments

Day 10 – 12 :

Backpack Trail plus assessments, concluding at midday on day 12.

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This course offers students the required number of on foot encounters to write the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Exam and undergo assessment as an Apprentice Trails Guide

next start date 4 June 2021

DURATION 23 OR 50 WEEKS

Format On-campus, in-country

Price from R25,500

ACCREDITATION FGASA

AGE 18+

OPTIONAL EXTRAS FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide

Price from R25,500

enquire

What to Pack

You are encouraged to bring the following items to the back up trails guide course:

  • Good walking shoes (prefereably already worn in)
  • Head Torch
  • Water Bottles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Backpack & Equipment
  • Sleeping Mat/ Yoga Mat / Inflatable Mattress
  • Gas Cooker
  • FGASA DG Logbook
  • Reference Books
  • Binoculars

Info

This course offers students the required number of on foot encounters to write the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Exam and undergo assessment as an Apprentice Trails Guide

next start date 4 June 2021

DURATION 23 OR 50 WEEKS

Format On-campus, in-country

Price from R25,500

ACCREDITATION FGASA

AGE 18+

OPTIONAL EXTRAS FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide

Price from R25,500

enquire

Bushwise campus

The Trails Guide Course operates from an isolated, mobile, tented camp in the central part of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is open to Kruger National Park. The Timbavati is justifiably well known for its’ high densities of Big Game, with all members of the Big 5 common in our area of operation. The camp, without any fences, is erected under shady trees along a dry riverbed for the duration of the course and is completely removed on our departure, leaving no trace of the presence of 10 people.

Canvas dome tents house 2 students each. A mattress and pillow is provided, but bring along your sleeping bag and whatever other bedding you may require.

Ablutions are simple, but unmatched.

Specially designed toilet seats crouch over long-drops, and canvas bush showers hung from overhead trees, covered by canvas on 3 sides, open onto views of the surrounding bush. The communal area is around the campfire or at the kitchen area where our cook whips up wholesome meals on a gas cooker and an open fire. There is no electricity, wifi or mobile phone signal, allowing us the opportunity to tune into the rhythm of the bush without any distractions. Please also note that the laundry facilities amount to a basin and soap, which are available to students if they need to wash clothing.

Info

This course offers students the required number of on foot encounters to write the FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Exam and undergo assessment as an Apprentice Trails Guide

next start date 4 June 2021

DURATION 23 OR 50 WEEKS

Format On-campus, in-country

Price from R25,500

ACCREDITATION FGASA

AGE 18+

OPTIONAL EXTRAS FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide

Price from R25,500

enquire

Included

What’s Included:
  • Experienced, long term staff
  • 24-hour emergency satellite phone
  • Welcome meeting & location orientation
  • Training by experienced staff
  • 3-night primitive trail and all the necessary camping equipment (excluding backpacks)
  • Apprentice Trails Guide Theory with Bushwise
  • FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide hours logged
  • FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide dangerous game encounters on foot
  • Dangerous game experience
  • Ethical guiding principles
  • Meals, juice, tea and coffee during course times
  • Conservation levies
  • Pillows and pillowcases
What’s Included from Bushwise:
  • Textbooks
  • FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide Theory
  • Advanced Rifle Handling
  • Dangerous game logbook
What’s not Included:
  • Reference books
  • Back packs
  • Sleeping bags or bedding
  • Drinks
How to apply:

“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.”

Leo Africa

“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 Africa Geographic

“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 Lowveld Trails

“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 The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve

“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 FGASA

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Siyafunda

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“Bush breakfasts on the edge of the river, daily game drives, sundowners and expeditions into the neighbouring big five Balule reserve are just a few of things to expect while on safari with us.”

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