Pathfinders Africa

An extreme way to experience Africa and qualify with a FGASA certificate!

Zimbabwe’s only FGASA endorsed field guide training provider!

We specialise in creating premium, once-in-a-lifetime guiding experiences in Africa.

Offering the world’s first FGASA endorsed mobile field guide training course, which takes trainees across the beautiful and diverse country of Zimbabwe.

Explore multiple unique locations across 2000km of iconic landscapes to learn different aspects of guiding, building a more in-depth and extensive understanding of the different types of ecosystems, fauna and flora in Africa and how to guide in them effectively and meaningfully.

Endorsed by FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa), a professional authority that sets the regulatory standards on field guiding in Southern Africa.

60 Day FGASA Field Guide Training Course

14 Day Nature Enthusiast Course

Private Safaris with Rusty Labuschagne

Our Managing Director, Rusty, spent 20 years as a professional guide, hunter and successful businessman before having his life turned upside down.

Framed for murder, he was falsely imprisoned for the next decade of his life, experiencing the most harrowing conditions possible in Zimbabwe’s prisons.

Now a premier motivational speaker, Rusty conveys a message of determination, forgiveness, gratitude and finding true freedom.

Join the adventure of a lifetime with Rusty, exploring some of Africa’s most stunning destinations all the while being inspired to free your mind, look forward and live your best life! 


The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) sets the standards on guiding within the industry, ensuring these are of the highest quality and are being met by endorsed training providers.

Pathfinders is proud to be Zimbabwe’s only FGASA endorsed training provider, offering premier guiding courses that teach participants about the incredible wildlife and biomes in Zimbabwe and how to guide in them responsibly.

Our 60-day Field Guide Course is the world’s first FGASA endorsed mobile field guide training course. Travelling over 2000km’s, you will experience multiple landscapes, wildlife and scenarios, graduating with a FGASA NQF2 (formally Level 1) qualification and a much broader knowledge base having studied in the multiple locations.

A qualification from FGASA opens up many doors in the worlds of tourism and conservation and is an exciting adventure that you will cherish forever.

Come and kick start your career as a field guide today!

60-day FGASA Field Guide Course

Join the adventure of a lifetime, exploring four iconic destinations within Zimbabwe and earning your FGASA NQF2 qualification. The first mobile field guide training course of its kind, Pathfinders will take you on a journey through a wide range of terrains and wildlife-rich habitats, broadening your knowledge and experience base as an Apprentice Field Guide.

Leave our two-month course not only with memories to last you a lifetime but with everything you need to start or further your career, having gained first-hand experience guiding in multiple scenarios and with a wide range of species.

14-day FGASA Nature Enthusiast Course

Join our expert trainers and guides as they take you through a comprehensive two-week course, teaching you everything from animal tracking and behaviour to survival in the African bush. With Victoria Falls right on your door-step, you will have ample time to explore and brave the various adrenaline activities on offer during your free time.

Every day will be action packed and you will leave the course equipped with the introductory knowledge of a Field Guide and your FGASA Nature Enthusiast Certificate.

Our Destinations

Our Pathfinders courses have been designed from a love of nature, with the aim of showcasing the very best that Africa has to offer. Be prepared to be amazed by the incredible wildlife, diverse landscapes and natural beauty of the continent during our courses. 

Bubiana Conservancy

Bubiana Conservancy is a 50,000-hectare private reserve located near the Matopos National Park. Whilst based at this course location, participants will be able to explore the hidden caves, view amazing rock art and discover the spectacular granite outcrops that the area is famous for. The reserve is also rich in wildlife, providing an ideal habitat for the elusive leopard as well as numerous other species. 

Hwange National Park

Enjoy some incredible game viewing opportunities in Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest National Park, home to vast herds of elephant and buffalo as well as large prides of lion. Tick off some of Africa’s most renowned animals from your bucket list whilst expanding your knowledge on how to track and interpret their various behavioural patterns.

Victoria Falls

Otherwise known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders), Victoria Falls is the base of our 14-day Nature Enthusiast Course and the final destination of our 60-day Field Guide Course. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the tourism hub of Zimbabwe, what better location to hone the skills learnt throughout the course whilst learning how guiding fits into a much larger tourism product.

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