28-Day Apprentice Trails Guide Course

Take the exciting next step along your Field Guiding journey during which you will develop the skills required to conduct guided walking trails in a dangerous game environment. To be eligible for this course, you must already have a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) Field Guide qualification and relevant Professional Firearms Training Council (PFTC) Unit Standards. Contact us directly for assistance.

We use two properties for this course, both within the Greater Kruger National Park, namely Balule Private Nature Reserve and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

Many hours will be filled with lectures on the behaviour of potentially dangerous animals and how to view them safely and considerately. However, this being said, most of your time will be spent walking Trails, experiencing African Big Game on foot, and becoming proficient in the art of surviving the day to day traffic of the bush. Your expert facilitators have an accumulation of thousands of hours of experience to share. Training takes place within the open Kruger National Park eco-system where you are likely to encounter (among others) Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Buffalo and Elephant multiple times.

Besides camping out under the stars on a three night ‘Primitive Trail’, your accommodation will be in rustic tented camps. The ten direct Mentorship hours, required before sign-off as Apprentice Trails Guide, will be covered over the duration of the course while each student acts as second rifle for the group. We only offer 8 spaces on this exciting course, which will take place over a period of 28 days.

Included in the course:

  • FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide theory lectures.
  • FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide theory exam.
  • FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) training and assessments.
  • A minimum of 50 walking hours in a potentially dangerous game area.
  • A minimum of 10 encounters with potentially dangerous game.
  • 10 hours one-on-one Mentorship required for FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide sign-off.

2021 Scheduled Course Dates  |06 April – 03 May | 02 – 29 November|

The cost of the 2021 course is ZAR 45 990 per person.

View the 2021 Apprentice Trails Guide Course Brochure for more information.

“You will truly be walking with some of the very best Trails Guides in southern Africa. This is an opportunity not to be missed.” – a FGASA Scout


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