Join us in the heart of the South African bushveld, in the world-famous Greater Kruger area for a multi-week course covering a variety of subjects and skills in enjoyable lectures and outdoor practical activities, and earn a FGASA Nature Enthusiast Certificate.
The Enthusiast Series Courses with Pathfinders broadens your learning experience by exposing you to diverse landscapes, wildlife and scenarios, training you in a highly-immersive way. We utilise every opportunity to allow you to develop and practice your skills in exciting and enjoyable situations. You’ll be taken under wing by expert guides, who will inspire and mentor you on your journey and prepare you to pass your Enthusiast examination with ease.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the fascinating worlds of arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals; learn safety and basic survival, navigation and tracking skills, and deepen your understanding of subjects including animal behaviour, astronomy, botany, geology, weather and climate and ecology in your Enthusiast course, and further develop your expertise beyond.
Whilst you are here to learn, we certainly appreciate the value of having fun! And although the course is well-structured and regulated, it’s also designed to be a social and enjoyable experience, and you can expect an amicable approach by your trainers and hosts. Enjoy relaxed evenings telling stories around the fire, hearty home-cooked meals and making new friends for life.
Areas of study include:
Introduction to the natural environment
Weather & climate
Biomes of Southern Africa
Botany – Trees & Grasses
Conservation management & historical habitation
You will have one day off each week to use for your leisure. The world-famous Victoria Falls is home to an incredible selection of sights and activities. For the adventurous, you can bungee jump off Victoria Falls Bridge or try white water rafting on the Zambezi River. Visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, treat yourself to an unforgettable meal at one of the many local restaurants, go shopping or take advantage of the many options for seeing wildlife if you just can’t get enough of the safari lifestyle! You can even take a day trip to neighboring Zambia or Botswana.
We would however highly recommend you add some extra time to your experience and explore the beautiful area before or after your course.
Course Fee: R17,600 | USD 1,330 | GBP 1,000
Included in your Course Fee:
Comfortable shared accommodation (2 people per room)
FGASA Enthusiast official workbooks
Airport transfers on arrival and departure
All conservation fees
Transport between training locations
Medical and travel insurance
Items of a personal nature
Additional food and drinks
Reference books outside of those provided
In order to apply, participants must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be fluent in written and spoken English
- Enjoy a good level of personal fitness
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