The Bushwise Field Guides campus is based on the border of the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve, about 60 km from Hoedspruit in the Limpopo province. There is no better place in the world to do your field guide course. The South African Bushveld is known for its rich biodiversity and will offer you every challenge and opportunity to excel as an apprentice field guide.
Bushwise has built a reputation as a leading training provider in the safari industry and offers one of the most comprehensive courses available. We strive to not only have a 100% pass rate, but also guarantee a permanent position for our South African graduates on the Bushwise Professional Field Guide course. Read more.
Join us on a virtual tour of our Mahlahla campus in the heart of the bushveld. This could be your home away from home.
Accommodation for the in-person courses is on the Bushwise Mahlahla bush campus, which is an eight-hectare, fenced lodge-style campus.
The bush campus is safe from predators, so you are free to go for a walk or run anywhere on campus. We have a large variety of bird species that are regular visitors to the campus dam, as well as secretive species such as honey badgers and civet that are seen almost every night. We also have the occasional visit from pangolins and leopards.
In these surrounds, you can sharpen your practical skills by going on bushwalks, spending time birding, and encountering the animals that roam the campus.
Students will share a chalet (known as a rondavel) that accommodates two students. A weekly laundry service is provided for uniforms and bedding, free of charge, and students also have full access to the campus facilities for personal use.
The chalets, dining area, and laundry facilities are all clustered together. But it’s just a short walk around the dam to get to the classroom. The classroom is only partly enclosed, so you’ll remain immersed in the bush during training. It’s topped off with a thatched roof and light shading on two sides. And for the hot summer months, there’s a swimming pool next to the classroom.
Available on the
Bushwise Mahlahla bush campus
Shared rondavel (with fan)
Juice, tea and coffee (available 24/7)
Basic gym area (with weights to help you keep in shape)
Bow and arrow shooting range
Gardening in the Bushwise garden
Braai and social area
Library of field guiding texts
Emergency support from Bushwise staff