FGASA Enthusiast Courses
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 utilize 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 behavior, astronomy, botany, geology, weather and climate and ecology in your first Enthusiast course, and further develop your expertise in the Advanced Course.
Areas of study include:
Introduction to guiding in the natural environment, Creating a guided nature experience, Geology, Astronomy, Weather & climate, Ecology, Taxonomy, Biomes of Southern Africa, Botany – Trees & Grasses, Arthropods, Amphibians, Reptiles, Fish, Birds, Mammals, Animal behavior, Conservation management & historical habitation, Vehicle Skills, 4 x 4 Training, Specialist Guest Speakers, Hospitality & hosting basics, Anti-poaching basics, Survival & Navigation, Guiding with Dangerous Game, Rifles & Rifle Handling, Wilderness first aid skills, Tracking and more.
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.
Monday through Friday are reserved for training and lectures. While we recommend that you spend some of your free time studying for your examination, there will be ample opportunity to explore the surrounding bush and enjoy activities close-by.
Set off on a weekend or overnight trip to explore the Blyde River Canyon, visit the world-famous Kruger National Park, go on a photo or birding safari or embrace some of the local adrenaline-pumping adventure activities including microlight flips, white water rafting or some extreme hiking. There may even be time to take a weekend trip to explore neighboring Swaziland!
- Accommodation in comfortable, shared rooms
- FGASA registration fees
- FGASA Enthusiast official workbooks
- All meals whilst at camp
- All conservation fees
- Medical and travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Outdoor gear
- Reference books
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be fluent in written and spoken English
- Enjoy a good level of personal fitness
- Have achieved a High School Diploma/ A-Levels/ Matriculated/ Equivalent
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