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 Geology
Astronomy Weather & climate
Biomes of Southern Africa Botany – Trees & Grasses
Animal behaviour Conservation management & historical habitation
We do allow for some free time in between activities that can be used to relax or catch up on some self-study.
Due to the course being only 2 weeks there will be no full days off.
We would however highly recommend you add some extra time to your experience and explore the beautiful area before or after the 2 week course.
Course Fee: R31,500 | USD 2,500 | GBP 1,800
Included in your Course Fee:
Comfortable shared accommodation (2 people per room)
FGASA registration fees
FGASA Enthusiast official workbooks
All meals whilst at camp
All conservation fees
All transport from Hoedspruit
Medical and travel insurance
Items of a personal nature
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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