Our partners

Our partners

Our partners

Over the years Bushwise Field Guides has developed
close relationships with some of the most respected organisations, lodges, educational bodies and conservation groups in Africa.

These professional relationships help us to develop our courses to not only meet the industry standards,

but to address any skills gaps in the industry.

Collectively, these partners in conservation, hospitality, volunteering, anti-poaching and education form part of the bigger picture that Bushwise strives to be a part of.

Read more on our partners below.


GVI is one of the most well respected conservation organisations working in Africa today. Relying on volunteers to assist in long-term research and conservation projects all over Africa, GVI supports over 150 programs and employs over 250 field staff. Many of Bushwise’s students have gone on to have work placements with GVI and some have forged successful long-term careers.


“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


Bushwise Field Guides and the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) have entered into a symbiotic training agreement, focused on trainer transformation and developing the gold standard for guide training.

Colin Patrick Training

Owner Colin Patrick, is a FGASA-accredited training provider and assessor. He’s also a cybertracker and FGASA SKS DG trainer and evaluator. As a field guide, he has achieved the top qualification of scout, and he is passionate about teaching people the signs that can be read from the tracks left by the creatures of the African bush.

The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve (GMPGR)

Bushwise carries out its practical training on Makalali Private Game Reserve, a spectacular 26,000 hectare wilderness reserve in the Limpopo province. The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve is situated west of Kruger National Park and promises intimate wildlife encounters and an ideal training ground with its Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – and other characteristic species are cheetah, giraffe, zebra and kudu.

“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

Africa Geographic

Bushwise is proud to be featured as one of Africa Geographic’s “Special Places”.

“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

Lowveld Trails Co.

The Lowveld Trails Co. was established in 2016 by Trails Guides for Trails Guides. Founded on the basis of passion, experience and quality the company now proudly leads the revival of holistic nature based experiences through industry-leading Walking Safaris, Trails Guide Courses, Mentorship and Assessments.

“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

Safari Wines

Our wine tasting course is done in collaboration with Safari Wines.

Nostophobic Adventures

Providing TETA Accredited & FGASA endorsed Guide Specific 4×4 driver training, Nostophobic Adventures provides the industry standard in training guides to drive guests in on & off-road conditions.

Additionally, being a tour operator delivering specialist Adventure & Nature Tours across Southern Africa; this enables our guides to incorporate this knowledge into further developing their guiding skills, just as they do for their clients on their various tours.

Kinyonga Reptile Centre

Our reptile orientation course is provided in collaboration with Kinyonga Reptile Centre.

SMART Solutions for First Aid

First Aid training on Bushwise courses is offered by SMART RESPONSE, specialising in Remote Wilderness First Aid, Structural Lodge Firefighting and Health and Safety preparedness training, developed specifically for the Wilderness Tourism Hospitality Industry in the South African Bush Environment.

Tzaneen Training Course

The Tzaneen Training Course is our provider for Sasseta Training.


Pangolin.Africa is a non-profit organisation based in South Africa who’s aim is to secure the future of African pangolins through a three-pronged approach: publicity, participation, and protection. Bushwise supports Pangolin.Africa in their efforts to increase public knowledge and promote the protection of pangolins.

RuggedWear for Uniforms

Ruggedwear Safari Clothing is based in Cape Town, South Africa. We enhance our Safari Corporate Image with our Ruggedwear Safari Clothing.