FGASA Jobs and Mentoring

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The Field Guides association of Southern Africa is committed to the training of gold-standard guides and ensuring that world-class hospitality, professionalism and safari experiences are delivered to any local or international tourist set on enjoying our incredible natural heritage. If you are a qualified Nature Guide looking for employment or an employer looking for top-notch guides, you’ve come to the right place!

Have a look at our job space below and see if any of these postings are the right fit for you!

Jobs Offered

Royal Malewane is seeking an exceptional Professional Field Guide to join our team at one of our three lodges. Under the mentorship of Master Tracker and Director of Conservation & Wildlife, Juan Pinto, and his esteemed team, you’ll have the opportunity to elevate your guiding skills to new heights.

At Royal Malewane Lodges, we are dedicated to nurturing your talent and pushing the boundaries of your expertise in order to give our guests a complete experience and a perfect stay.

Apply now to be part of a team enriching lives through luxury travel. www.theroyalportfolio.com/careers 

Kapama Private Game Reserve is looking for an experienced Head Guide to lead their team at their five-star River Lodge.
The ideal candidate needs to have excellent communication skills, act with the highest standards of professionalism, well-presented, hands-on approach to the guest experience, strong leadership skills, strong administrative skills, positive approach and attitude towards teamwork and passionate about self-development and growth. The candidate must also have leadership experience in a similar five-star lodge environment.
The candidate should also meet the following criteria:
• FGASA Professional Field Guide Qualification
• Trails Guide qualification
• Valid PFTCs and SAPS Firearm Competency
• Registered with NDT
• Valid first aid certificate
• Valid PrDP
The Head Guide roles includes the following responsibilities:
• Manage a large team of guides and assistant guides
• Manage and inspect a fleet of 30 vehicles
• Assist with training guides and assistant guides
• Conduct bushwalks when required
• Game drives for VIPs and site inspections
• Month end reporting and paper work
• Assist additional lodge departments when necessary
• Hosting duties
To apply send your CVs and cover letters to christiaan.basson@kapama.com/mandy@kapama.com/liezel.holmes@kapama.com
For more info on Kapama hit the link below to visit the Kapama website.
Calling all guides and birding enthusiasts passionate about our feathered friends and making a real conservation impact!
Enviro-Insight is seeking a group of assistant bird watchers to join their experts in the field as they conduct an environmental impact assessment for the construction of wind farms. Enviro-Insight CC specialises in environmental impact assessments and biodiversity surveys relying on a variety of specialists with experience in multiple disciplines. This awesome opportunity will not only help you build your birding skills but will give you valuable working experience in the conservation and guiding industry.
Our specialists are seeking assistance from passionate and interested people with some birding experience who thrive in a fieldwork environment. This is for people who are looking to improve their birding skills while gaining valuable work experience in a job market that may be overlooked by the average nature enthusiast.
Candidates should have the following:
• FGASA Nature Site Guide NQF2 or FGASA Nature Enthusiast
• Some experience in bird watching and bird identification
• Passion for wildlife and conservation
All assistant birders hired will receive R650 per day as well as have all their travel, accommodation and meal costs covered for the duration of their participation in the assessment.
To apply please send your CVs and Cover Letters to luke@enviro-insight.co.za
For more information and full description view the job description PDF here.
You can also visit the Enviro-Insight website below for more information on the organisation.
Happy birding everyone!
Simbavati is currently looking for their next Trails Guide!
The ideal candidate needs to have excellent communications skills, must meet and where possible exceed guest expectations as well as uphold company standards of professionalism, ethics and safety.
Additional roles will also include guest transfers, hosting of guests, participating in guide skills development initiatives, adhere to vehicle and equipment checks, and daily reporting to Head Guide.
The successful candidate must have the following qualifications and experience:
• 4 years of experience guiding
• 3 or more years conducting guided trails in a big five area (DG Trails logbook to be submitted on request)
• FGASA Nature Site Guide NQF4
• FGASA Trails Guide NQF4
• Valid PFTCs and SAPS competency
• Valid Driver’s license and PrDP
• Valid first aid certificate
• Valid NDT registration
The successful candidate will will spend a maximum of two weeks at the trails camp conducting guided walks and four weeks at the main lodge conducting game drives.
The guide will be remunerated R9,000 – R13,000 (DOE/negotiable)
Both positions offer the following benefits; provident fund contribution of 7.5%, 15 days annual leave. The successful candidate will also tented accommodation with shared ablutions in the trails camp and wendy house accommodations at the lodge with aircon and en suite bathroom, meals included, uniform, and WiFi access and will work on a 6 weeks on/2 weeks off cycle. Please note this position is suitable for a single person, visitors policy is provided.
Send your CVs and cover letters to hr@simbavati.com

Sunway Safaris operates small group mobile overland safaris throughout Southern Africa. With 29 years in overland operations we have offices in Johannesburg and Maun (Botswana).

Sunway guides have a wide range of opportunities, from leading bush walks in the Okavango to open 4WD game drives in the Botswana national parks, from exploring the Namib desert to dhow sailing off Mozambique coast, from Drakensberg hikes to Lower Zambezi canoeing – we offer the best safari guiding opportunity!

We are currently looking for young, dynamic individuals with strong personalities and the ability to work under the pressure of client demands. We will consider both experienced tour leaders and newly qualified guides. Gain guiding experience with “on the road” training provided. Join our dynamic company and work as part of a team of two guides on each truck. German language skill an advantage but not essential but good English communication skills a must.

Please also see employment section on our website www.sunway-safaris.com email a brief CV to hr@sunway-safaris.com

Mask Expeditions is an adventure travel company specializing in small
group safaris. We offer a variety of exciting adventure tours – including
walking, hiking, cycling and specialist game viewing safaris.

We are currently looking to hire guides able to lead a variety of tours
throughout Southern Africa.

Candidates need to be confident and dynamic individuals, with good
communication skills passionate about guiding and South Africa.
We will consider both experienced tour leaders and newly qualified guides.

Minimum requirements are the following:
• Candidate must be at least 21 years old
• Be a registered FGASA field guide or DEAT registered tour guide
• Candidate must have a valid 1st Aid certificate
• Driver’s license – C1 (code 10)
• Valid PDP
• Genuinely fit individuals who can hike and cycle if required
• Willing to travel and work under pressure of demanding clients
• Experience in camp craft and the ability to prepare meals for groups

Please send your CVs through to Peter Albert on: operations@maskexpeditions.co.za

FGASA Mentors

Join a prearranged or book your own Big Five Walking Trail.

Manukuza Safari Trails is based in the Balule Nature Reserve (Greater Kruger National Park).

We offer:
• Campbased Trails R5350 pp sharing
• Primitive Trails R3650 pp

Both options are for 3 nights and are self-catering.

Observer hours will be logged and signed off.

Come join one of our mentorship trails and find out why Manukuza has grown the way it has as a Mentorship Trails company.

FGASA endorsed Trails Guide Mentor Greg Jarvis has over 24 years experience as a trails guide and will guide you along this exciting career path.

We offer mentorship in:
• Campbased Trails R5350 pp sharing
• Primitive Trails R3650 pp
Both options are for 3 nights and are self-catering.
You don’t need to have your own rifle, we can assist you in this regard.

Manukuza Safari Trails also runs workshops and guiding assessments for NQF2 and NQF4, track and sign together with trailing.

Manukuza Safari Trails is endorsed to provide the following:

• FGASA Nature Site Guide NQF2 and NQF4 workshops and Assessments (assessment conducted by Bennet de Klerk)

• Track & Sign and Trailing workshop (external assessor brought in)

For more information or to book with Manukuza Safari Trails please use the details below:

Instagram: @manukuza_safaris
Website: www.manukuza.co.za
Email: info@manukuza.co.za
Mobile/ Whatsapp: +27 82 926 5684

Calling all aspiring Field Guides, Apprentice Trails Guides, and aspiring SKS DG Trails Guides! Noelle van Muiden, founder of Tchagra Trails and a FGASA-endorsed Mentor and Assessor, invites you to embark on a unique journey through her specialised trails workshops and experiences. Tchagra Trails has wealth of experience that ensures you understand the intricacies of the Trails Guide career path. Tchagra Trails is adept at preparing you for leading guests on bushwalks, backpack trails, and primitive trails. 

Apart from comprehensive walking guide training, Tchagra Trails provides prep courses in Track and Sign, and Trailing. Additionally, they conduct practical assessments for FGASA Nature Site Guide NQF2, FGASA Field Guide NQF4, and FGASA Trails Guide qualifications. 

For guides situated within the Greater Kruger’s APNR (Associated Private Nature Reserves), Tchagra Trails does not tack on extra travel costs. However, for courses and assessments outside of the APNR, guides may be subject to additional travel expenses. 

Embark on your Trails Guide journey with Tchagra Trails, where expertise meets professionalism! 

For more information and/or for bookings please email Tchagra Trails on: info@trailsuniverse.com


For more information and bookings please email Tchagra Trails on: info@trailsuniverse.com

  • Five-night walking guide workshop at R 7000 per person 
  • Three-night/four-day Backpack/Primitive Trails at R 4500  
  •  In-house/lodged based (Noelle comes to you)  
    • Full day at R 1500 
    • ½ day at R 750 

Available Dates for 2024 (Balule Nature Reserve Only): 


  • 4th – 9th Five-night Walking Guide workshop 
  • 28th – 31st Three-night Backpack/Primitive trail  


  • 25th – 28th Three-night Backpack/Primitive trail 


  • 6th – 9th Three-night Backpack/Primitive trail 

Track & Sign and Trailing Course and Assessment (Madikwe Game Reserve only) 

Please contact Tchagra Trails on info@trailsuniverse.com for more information on the course, assessment, and the cost of the workshop. 

Available Dates: 


  • 10th – 20th Track & Sign and Trailing prep course.

Wilderness Walking Guide 10-day Course (Balule Nature Reserve Only) 

Please contact Tchagra Trails on info@trailsuniverse.com for more information on the course and what is involved.  

Course cost at R 15000 pp 

Available dates: 


  • 10th – 25th 10-day Walking Guide course 


  • 18th – 28th 10-day Walking Guide course  


Please book your assessment and assessment date with Tchagra Trails directly at info@trailsuniverse.com

  • FGASA Nature Site Guide NQF2 at R 1500 
  • FGASA Field Guide NQF4 at R 2500 
  • Trails Guide NQF2/4 at R 2500 
  • 10-hour mentored evaluation for Apprentice Trails Guides at R 1000 

Attention all trails guides! Jack Htuchinson an accredited FGASA Trails Guide Mentor is offering Mentored Trails to help with experience and hours.

Join Jack on foot in the wild

• 2 Mentored walks with rifles
• Meals
• Accommodation
• May or may not include lodge guests

Price: R1500.00 per person per night

Contact Jack directly for more information, visit his Instagram account here to learn more.

Contact marketing@fgasa.org.za for more information and ad rates with FGASA.