Field Guide Level 1

Field Guide Level 1 (NQF2) 55 day course is a FGASA endorsed course for those who:

  • Want to do their entry level into Field Guiding but cannot take a whole year out to do the course and want to do it in manageable sections
  • Want a Gap Year, Year Out, Career Break experience living with the tranquility of the bush, in pristine unspoilt nature reserves appreciating the unique wildlife, birds and flora of Southern Africa


Gap Year, Year Out, Career Break, FGASA Field Guide Level 1

Zebra caught up close and posing for the photo!

This course takes place staying in two very different camps either both in South Africa, or South Africa and Botswana, or in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls.  There are 8 different start dates throughout the year to chose from and time should be allowed to make the necessary application.

Participants stay in open bush camps so expect wildlife to pass through the camp!  Everyone wakes early with the dawn chorus, has a quick coffee and rusk and then the first trek or game drive starts at around 5am to take advantage of the wonderful morning light and animals out grazing before the day heats up.  Temperatures can reach as high as 40 degrees so a siesta is needed at the high point of the day.

Once back in camp, a hearty breakfast follows at 10am with other activities followed by a late lunch around 3pm.  At 4pm, you are off on a game drive or another activity to explore another part of the area.

Field Guide Level 1, Gap Year, Career Break, Year Out, Wilderness Experience

One of the tented camps where you may stay


The syllabus includes:

  • Identification of species including plants, birds, trees, animals, etc
  • Tracking of animals either by recognising individual animals’ footprints, age of footprints or individual animals’ faeces and age of faeces
  • Bush survival skills
  • 4 x 4 vehicle skills (driving licence needed) specific to game viewing
  • Navigation (including by the stars) and orientation in the wilderness
  • Binocular skills – particularly important for spotting animals from a distance and also to be able to share these new found skills with others
  • Vehicle positioning for wildlife photography. 


Gap Year, Year Out, Career Break, Field Guide course

Learning how drive the 4×4 on game drives is part of the course

This course is a wonderful opportunity to gain a qualification, lose yourself in nature, meet people from all over the world and of all ages and make new friends.

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For more information about visiting Southern Africa, visit the FCO advice page

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Start and finish dates of Field Guide Level 1 course - 55 days Price
4 January - 27 February 2020 South African Rand 103,800
24 February - 18 April 2020
13 March - 6 May 2020
9 April - 2 June 2020
6 May - 27 June 2020
10 July - 2 September 2020
6 October - 29 November 2020
10 October - 3 December 2020
Book here! Fill in our Booking Form and return to us with a deposit of £195 to secure your placement