The Field Guides
The Association that sets the standard and level of professionalism in the guiding industry.
The Fields Guides Association of Southern Africa’s philosophy is one of representing and promoting a high standard of guiding and skills development within the tourism industry for its members.
FGASA is a well known, highly regarded and respected brand across the world for all guiding and non guiding members.
Covid-19 office procedures
FGASA will continue all operations during this time, and we will be operating via emails and phone calls.
However, due to the nature of Covid-19, the FGASA offices will be closed to the public from 18 March 2020 until the 14 April 2020.
This means you can still register as a member of FGASA, you can still register for the exam sittings and you can still purchase books, communicating either by email or phone call.
We will have collection points for pick-up and drop-off.
We thank you for your understanding, and wish all our members and guides well.
Do you have the qualities to be an exceptional nature guide?
Are you filled with Enthusiasm? Curiosity? Objectivity?
Are you a people person who loves to interact with others?
If yes, then read on …
Being any kind of guide, whether you are a nature guide or a culture guide, means you need to be a colourful and exciting person ready to let those qualities bubble and spill over into the lives of your clients (or guests).
A lot of people who want to be nature guides, make the mistake of thinking it’s all about the animals. It’s not. Guiding is all about people.
Yes, a nature guide works in areas surrounded by the wonders of nature – animals, trees, grasses, birds, insects, etc. But at the end of the day, the aim of the guide is to look after their guests.
A culture guide focusses more on the history and culture of an area, the museums, galleries, architecture. Again the aim of the guide is to provide an unforgettable guided experience to the guests, but in the urban environment.
The animals, the landscapes, the history, the buildings – these are the tools of the guide, to enhance the experience.
A nature guide will mainly conduct a guided experience either using a game drive vehicle, or conducting a walking trails experience. Culture guiding can be conducted in many different ways from guides on buses, in smaller vehicles, urban walking routes or even focussing on guiding in one specific site.
If the above describes you, then you have the makings of a guide.