FGASA Endorsed Specialist
Training Providers

African Bush Company

We offer tailor-made safari guide services, FGASA training and assessments in South Africa and Botswana.


  • Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2)
  • Field Guide (NQF4)
  • Professional Field Guide
  • Apprentice Trails Guide
  • Trails Guide
  • Advanced Rifle Handling
  • Regional Birding
  • Apprentice Trails Guide
  • Advanced Rifle Handling
  • Specialist birding

Telephone: 083 350 6856
Email: massi@africanbushco.com
Website: http://www.africanbushco.com

Area: Roaming
Country: South Africa, Botswana

African Reptiles and Venom

African Reptiles and Venom was opened in 1999, to supply snake venom for anti-venom manufactures. African Reptiles & Venom is accredited and supplies snake venom to the South African Vaccine Producers (Pty) Ltd and many more companies to help aid people who have been bitten.

  • Special Snake ID & Treatment Course

Telephone: +27 (0)83 448 8854
Fax: +27 86 697 3304
Email: mike@africanreptiles-venom.co.za
Website: http://www.africanreptiles-venom.co.za/

Street: Plot 94 Mnandi Road, Diepsloot Agricultural Holdings
Postcode: 2021
Area: Johannesburg
Province: Gauteng
Country: South Africa

African Snakebite Institute

Johan Marais has devoted most of his life to his favourite hobby – reptiles. He grew up in Montclair, Durban where common reptiles like the Brown House Snake, Herald or Red-lipped Snake, Spotted Bush Snake, Tropical House Gecko and Southern Tree Agama were encountered regularly from a very young age. School holidays were often spent on family farms in Grootvlei, Ermelo and Vryburg where encounters with dangerous snakes invariably resulted in one of the adults killing the snake.

  • Reptile Awareness Course – One Day
  • Snake Awareness – One Day
  • Snake Handling – One Day
  • Snake Bite – First Aid – One Day

Colin Patrick Training

Colin Patrick Training strives to provide quality training of a high standard that can be of value to individuals and organisations and ultimately further develop the skill of tracking.

  • Apprentice Trails Guide
  • Sks (Dangerous Game)
  • Tracker Level 1
  • Tracker Level 2
  • Tracker Level 3
  • Tracker Level 4
  • Senior Tracker
  • Advance Rifle Handling

Telephone: +27 (0)76 813 3475
Email: colinpatrick.training@gmail.com
Website: http://www.colinpatrick.co.za/

Essential Guiding

Essential Guiding is determined to help guides of all descriptions achieve their potential. We have been involved in training and mentoring some of the industry’s finest guides since 2001 and can help you make the most of your guiding or guiding team. Guides are like sports people – only as good as their last game! Top sports people are continually training, staying with the trends and working hard to get ahead to be the best – Federer, Djokovic, Messi & Tiger Woods all have coaches to assist them in staying sharp and staying ahead. It is no different for guides: if the intention is to remain local, then the aim should be to be the best local guide in the area. If someone is guiding locally, but has no idea where to next, then delivering the best possible guided experiences will start opening doors to new jobs, new lodges, new parks or even countries.   It all starts with understanding how to aim high and what is required to do this – we can help point people in the right direction, add skills and facilitate their growth.

  • Advanced Rifle Handling
  • Biome Guiding
  • SKS Birding

Telephone: Alastair Kilpin+27 (0)781529479 /
Email: alastair@mammothsafaris.com / gav@mammothsafaries.com / byron@essentialguiding.com
Website: www.essentialguiding.com

Province: Gauteng
Country: South Africa

Firearm Management Services (PTY) LTD

We can offer the following firearm training:

  • Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) – required by FGASA Trail Guides
  • Accurate rifle shooting
    • open sights
    • with scope
  • Basic handgun training with emphasis on self defense (NOT Tactical!)
  • Basic shotgunning (clay target shooting)
  • We can tailor training according to YOUR specific requirements
  • Reloading courses. This reduces the cost of your ammunition but also allows for more training as well as developing loads specifically suited to your firearms!
  • Advanced Rifle handling coaching and assessments.
  • SASSETA – Proficiency training and assessments.
  • All Firearms related issues- maintenance, logistics, reloading support.

Telephone: +27 (0)83 307 0837 / +27 (0)83 983 6082
Email: bob.nixon45@gmail.com 
Website: http://www.fimase.co.za/

Area: Roodepoort
Province: Gauteng
Country: South Africa

Nightjar Training and Consulting

Nightjar Training & Consulting is based in Southern Africa and our services are specifically aimed at the Game Lodge industry in Africa as a whole. Offering unique, tailored training packages, or off-the-shelf training packages to suit the needs of the client

Nightjar Training specialists are a unique blend of highly skilled, qualified and knowledgeable specialists in their respective fields from Field Guiding, Apprentice Trails Guide, Advanced Rifle Handling.

Nightjar Training & Consulting offers Photographic Workshops for your guiding team to ensure that they obtain top notch marketing images for your lodge.

  • Field Guiding
  • Apprentice Trails Guide
  • Advanced Rifle Handling.

Telephone: 082 971 7654
Email: charles@nightjar.co.za
Website: http://www.nightjar.co.za

Specialised Wildlife Protection Academy

  • FGASA Nature Enthusiast certificate

Telephone: +27 (0)82 388 2729
Email: tom@swpa.co.za
Website: http://www.swpa.co.za/

Spirit of the Wild

The Spirit of the Wild training programme was initiated by Princess Irene van Lippe of the Netherlands and takes place on Bergplaas Nature Reserve in the Sneeuberg mountains of the Eastern Cape. The programme has been running for over ten years and offers participants an opportunity to develop their personal and guiding skills through:

  • A deepening of their understanding of wilderness
  • Their role as a guide in developing their guests understanding of the natural environment
  • Advancement of communication skills by improving their ability to lead and share knowledge
  • Intuitive Guiding Course.
    • Deepening your contact with nature.
    • Bergplaas Nature Reserve

Telephone: +27 (0)49 841 1367
Email: info@bergplaas.com
Website: http://www.bergplaas.com/programmes.html

Tracker Academy

In 2010 a bold and visionary action by Mrs Gaynor Rupert made the Tracker Academy possible. The Tracker Academy is a training division of the SA College for Tourism (SACT) which is chaired by Mrs Rupert and operates under the auspices of the Peace Parks Foundation. SACT Tracker Academy is a non-profit organisation which trains disadvantaged rural people in the traditional skills of tracking. The accreditation of its training programme with the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) made the Tracker Academy the first tracker training school to achieve this distinction in South Africa. More than 94% of Tracker Academy graduates are permanently employed in the nature-based tourism industry of South Africa.

  • Tracker Level I / II / III and Lead Tracker
  • 12 Months Full-Time

Telephone: +27 (0)82 921 9574
Email: alex@nns.co.za
Website: http://www.trackeracademy.co.za/


  • Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2) Theory

Telephone: +27 (0)13 755 3503 / +27 (0)82 859 2225
Email: info@unigradlowveld.co.za
Website: http://www.unigradlowveld.co.za/

Wildlife Campus

  • Field Guide (NQF 2) (Theory Only)
  • Apprentice Trails Guide (Theory Only)
  • Animal Tracks & Signs
  • Anti-Poaching
  • Advanced Animal Behaviour
  • Game Capture
  • Game Guard Management
  • Game Lodge Management
  • Game Ranch Economics
  • Geology, Palaeontology & Evolution
  • Human – Wildlife Conflicts
  • Intensive Wildlife Production
  • Marine Field Guiding
  • Snakes & Reptiles
  • Survival
  • The Guides Guide to Guiding
  • Wildlife Management
  • Wildlife Photography

Telephone: +27 (0)11 591 0665 / +27 (0)86 655 3285
Email: info@wildlifecampus.com
Website: http://www.wildlifecampus.com/