Welcome to Africa Nature Training!

Calling all prospective field guides, trails guides and nature enthusiasts…

Are you wanting to pursue a career as a field guide or are you simply keen to learn more about the amazing natural world in which we live?

From our camp in the heart of Zululand – Intibane, Thanda Safari – a 14,500 ha Big-Five Reserve – we offer courses and experiences that provide field guides, nature enthusiasts, gap year students – in fact anyone looking for an awesome bush experience – the opportunity to improve their knowledge whilst immersing themselves in the magic of the African bushveld.

Traditionally people associate South African game reserves with the Greater Kruger National Park. Whilst this is unquestionably an area offering remarkable wildlife experiences there is a much lesser known part of the country with a huge conservation history. Just 40km south of Thanda Safari is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa – Hluhluwe-iMfolozi – the same reserve from where Dr Ian Player started ‘Operation Rhino. This project was responsible for saving the white rhino from extinction in the 1970’s. Furthermore a mere 60km east of Thanda Safari is Isimangaliso World Heritage site. Isimangaliso (Zulu for miracle) was proclaimed a world heritage site in 1999 – the first in South Africa –  because of the rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems and natural beauty occurring in a relatively small area.

Intibane, Thanda Safari has the best of all worlds – stunning savanna and wildlife as well as the St Lucia estuary, the Indian Ocean and the unique and rare Sand Forest around False Bay in close proximity. The ultimate training and safari venue!

Focus for April
This month’s focus is on tracks and sign. Learning how to read and interpret the bush newspaper is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do. Click here to find out how you can enjoy this experience too!

“In the end we conserve only that which we love, We love only that which we understand, We understand only that which we are taught”
Baba Dioum – Senegalise Ecologist

Field Guide Courses & Educational Vacations

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Educational vacations – ‘A week in the wild’

Wanting a bush experience that allows you to get the dust of Africa on your feet? Join us for “a week in the wild” and learn about our amazing flora and fauna; find out how to read the ‘bush newspaper’, marvel at breathtaking sunsets and the wonders of an unpolluted night sky. This and so much more awaits you on our unique bush experience.

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Kids go Wild

Calling all nature loving kids. Check out Codex - the enviroant's - antics. Join him for adventures in nature, discovering cool facts on all sorts of amazing wildlife topics. Work towards a Junior Ranger Certificate to show your family and friends how much you care about nature.

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Distance Learning Course – Practical

This course is suited to anyone who would like to spend two weeks learning about the wonders of African Wildlife as well as our Correspondence Course theory students who are wanting to obtain a Guiding qualification.

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Field Guide Course

This course is designed primarily for people who want to qualify and work as a field guide. It is however also suited to researchers, nature enthusiasts, school leavers, gap year students and as an educational vacation for anyone who loves the African bush.

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Trails Guide Course

Designed for guides who wish to take their career to the next level this course is also suitable for anyone who wants to spend time walking in a Big Five Reserve. Any one wishing to obtain the qualification has to meet the necessary pre-requisite qualifications.

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Track and Sign Course

The course has been designed for guides and nature enthusaists alike and will add to all your future walking experiences in the bush. Since the course falls over a weekend, anyone can attend, no matter what your occupation.

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R 4,200

Distance Learning Course – Theory

Learn just for the fun of it, get a qualification or supplement your knowledge from a distance...

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