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FGASA Nature Enthusiast Course

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Professional Training for Nature Enthusiasts

Join us on this in-depth & exciting 2-week course in the African wilderness and gain the introductory knowledge of a Professional Field Guide.

Join us on this in-depth & exciting 2-week course in the African wilderness and gain the introductory knowledge of a Professional Field Guide.

FGASA Nature Enthusiast

Next Available Course Dates:

–    2018 dates    –

|   5th to 18th March   |   7th to 20th May   |   9th to 22nd July   |

 |   10th to 23rd September   |   12th to 25th November   |


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

    Ecology                                                                                                           Taxonomy

                               Biomes of Southern Africa                                                                         Botany – Trees & Grasses

      Arthropods                                                                                                    Amphibians

Reptiles                                                                                                          Fish

 Birds                                                                                                               Mammals

                                                                         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.

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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

Outdoor gear

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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  • FGASA Accredited Course

  • Expert guides and trainers

  • High-quality accommodations

  • Two Week Course

  • Big 5 Camp Experience

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