Wilderness – Professional courses

Gap Year, Career Change, Life style change

Elephant in the bush!

Wilderness training programs include training as a Field Guide (1 year), or as a Field Guide Level 1 (55 days), as a Trails Guide (28 days), as a Safari Guide (28 days) and all courses are endorsed by FGASA – the Field Guide Association of South Africa.  A qualification in operating a rifle is needed for these courses and can be taken before starting.

These programs are suitable for those wanting to work as a professional field guide in Africa or in conservation programs worldwide.  However, many people who do them are also on a career break, lifestyle changegap year, year out or just taking some time out to do something they love and for enjoyment of the Great Outdoors!

Life style change

Walking out on a trail to see the animals, birds, trees and biomes


Wilderness – Fun Adventures and Courses! 

Wilderness adventures have become a popular and attractive alternative holiday activity for those wanting to experience the real bush.  Experiences include Wilderness Photography (6 nights), Wilderness Trails Skills (6 nights), Birding  (6 nights), Animal Tracks and Tracking ( 6 or 13 nights), Advanced Rifle Handling (6nights), Bush Adventure – experiencing the bush, the animals, trails, birds,  (4, 6, or 13 days).

Life style change in Africa

Vultures waiting for a kill


Give us a ring on 07833 208158 with your questions or drop us an email to info@volunteervacations.co.uk.

Courses and Experiences Price
Professional Field Guide Course 1 year South African Rand 297,000
Professional Field Guide Level 1 - 55 days based in South Africa and Botswana South African Rand 97,000 (2019), 103,800 (2020)
Professional Field Guide Level 1 - 55 days based in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe US$ 6,330
FGASA Trails Guide - 28 days South African Rand 50,050
Safari Guide - 28 days South African Rand 61,560
Photography Course - 6 nights (7 days) South African Rand 20,415
Book here! Check availability first, then fill in form and return with a deposit of £195 to secure place.