“One of a kind” is the only way to describe the specialized 10-week field guiding, tracking and conservation guardianship course presented by The Nature College from 16 January to 26 March 2022. The course is specifically designed to offer successful students the opportunity to achieve a total of four different legal qualifications combined within a single course. With an ongoing demand for well-trained and legally qualified field guides, a combination of the below qualifications is guaranteed to improve the employability of successful students within the guiding industry. The qualifications achievable on this course include the following:

  • CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide (NQF2) Qualification
  • FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Certificate
  • National Certificate: Conservation Guardianship (NQF2)
  • Cyber Tracker Track & Sign Level 1 Certificate
  • First Aid Level 1 Certificate

Who is The Nature College?

For over 25 years, The Nature College has proven to be one of the leading training providers of Field Guides and Game Rangers. They operate as a fully CATHSSETA accredited Training Provider, a FGASA endorsed Trainer and Cyber Tracker accredited Assessors. The Nature College operates throughout South Africa and a variety of courses are available in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. Legendary Kruger National Park Ranger and founder Johan Fourie has developed very unique training programmes and materials independent of other training providers. Since 2020 The Nature College portfolio is also complimented by pre-recorded online lectures available as a study tool to fulltime students and as an optional study tool to distance learning students.

Assessment techniques and procedures used by The Nature College are very highly rated by CATHSSETA and are designed to be user friendly, practical and a real test of ability. The Nature College has a strict selection processes for course facilitators, instructors and assessors. This is a guarantee to all students that they will receive a very high standard of training presented by a highly qualified and experienced team. The Nature College also assist successful students with work experience placements where possible. For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at nadia@naturecollege.co.za or http://www.naturecollege.co.za


What makes this 10-week course different from other courses?

Most field guiding courses are presented by making use of a single venue in a specific geographical area within a specific biome. The 10-week course offered by The Nature College takes place in the Western Cape, which is unique in itself. The main venue is the world-renowned Buffelsdrift Game Lodge near the town of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. This town is known for the Cango Caves, it’s ostrich and farming industry, the annual Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, beautiful scenery and lots more.

Attending a course on a working game reserve offers the student a first- hand glance of what the work of a field guide and the hospitality industry entails. Although all the South African biomes are studied on the course, students will also have the privilege to travel to the Eastern Cape and the Southern Cape. On this 13-day study tour, students will get the opportunity to do guided walking safaris on a Big 5 reserve, visit the popular Addo Elephant National Park, as well as study coastal forest ecology along the beautiful Garden Route. For the tracking course, students will have the privilege to work under the mentorship of one of only a handful of Master Trackers in South Africa.


Cost: R 74 800-00.


  • All course accommodation & meals
  • Course fee & course material
  • Examinations & practical assessments
  • FGASA registration and 1st year membership
  • First Aid training
  • Study tour