Game Ranger Training in South Africa
South Africa is a nation of many hidden secrets, beautiful scenery, breathtaking terrain, an astonishing array of wildlife, and arguably the best safari holiday destinations in the world. Behind the scenes of this well established reserve lurk the ever present figures of the Game Ranger Field Guides, those who are tasked with the amazing job of showing fascinated guests around, introducing them to all of the regions famous animal inhabitants. Field Guides play a key role in the running of the park, and on this 8 week course you will have the opportunity to become a Level 1 accredited FGASA (Field Guides Association of South Africa) Field Guide.
Your Game Ranger Field Guide Training Course
On your game ranger field guide training course you will be taught and instructed by qualified rangers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the animal residents of an area that boasts the largest concentration of wildlife on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. As well as understanding what is needed to succeed when working with the animals, all of these professional ranger guides have worked with the reserves visitors for many years and are well versed in development and understanding of the need for strong interpersonal skills.
This 8 week intensive course is aimed at participants who either want to pursue a career as a Ranger Field Guide, or those who quite simply want to gain a greater understanding of the knowledge and skills required to become a game ranger in one of the world’s top safari locations.
The course will take all participants through the key elements that make up the accreditation for a Level 1 FGASA Field Guide, including studying animal behaviour, fauna and flora, level one first aid course, cloud formations and guest interaction.
This Level 1 FGASA Game Ranger Field Guide course is split into practical and theoretical components, to ensure that all participants have an all round knowledge that will stand them in great stead for successfully passing the course.
Throughout the 60 day course all participants will take part in some fascinating practical excursions into the heart of the reserve and to surrounding areas. Practical excursions are conducted on open game viewing vehicles, or on foot, depending on the practicality of each on the day.
Participants will take part in theoretical lectures throughout the course, which are conducted either in onsite classrooms or outdoors in the local surrounding areas. All participants will be required to pass a FGASA Level 1 theoretical exam before being able to qualify for the practical assessment which is a compulsory element of the full FGASA Level 1 qualification.
Topics covered during the 8 week course:
Professional Field Guiding and Creating a Guided Nature Experience
Mammals, Fish, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Arthropods
Botany and Grasses
Weather and Climate
Biomes of South Africa
Conservation Management and Historical Human Habitation
Geology and Ecology
Hospitality and Visitor Interaction
Safety and Security and First Aid
Upon completion of this enlightening course, you will have a wide range of new skills, including being qualified and capable of safely approaching and interpreting animal behaviour and African animal tracks and signs.
Gap Year and Career Break Game Ranger Field Guide Courses in South Africa
For those who have a passion for nature, and a keen interest in the behind the scenes activities of South Africa’s epic safaris, this course will give you the platform to develop your skills and understanding of the natural world and its inhabitants. Meet a range of like minded people and majestic animals whilst taking part on this 8 week adventure where you really will learn something new every day!