Next Trails Guide Course: 14 June – 13 July
This is one of the most exciting environmental training courses anyone could ever wish to attend! A trainee Trails Guide conducts safaris on foot with the intention of approaching Africa’s dangerous game species (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). The skills gained on this course equip you to encounter dangerous game whilst walking, including how to handle a bolt-action rifle in the unlikely event that your group gets charged by one. It is also a wonderful experience for anyone who wants to experience the Big Five on foot.
Who is this course suited to?
Our Trails Guide course is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of average fitness. If you are wanting to obtain a qualification you must meet the criteria listed below.
If you are wanting to obtain a Back-up Trails Guide Qualification you must hold a Field Guide Qualification (NQF2 or NQF4).
Course duration – 30 days
Intibane Camp, Thanda Safari. Nestled between bush and beach our camp is located on a 14,500ha Big Five Resever in the heart of Zululand. Accommodation is in basic thatched chalets with a fan, air conditioner and en suite bathroom. The ultimate training facility!
No of students per course
Maximum 8 students per course to ensure the best possible learning experience.
Please note that you need to contact us to find out if there is space before you pay the (non-refundable) registration fee – space is limited!
Course objective and structure
The aim is to develop and practice the skills needed for conducting walks safely in dangerous game areas, initially as a ‘back-up trails guide’. The course is run in two consecutive parts both conducted at Intibane camp in northern KwaZulu Natal:
- The first involves students obtaining a:
- PFTC Rifle Competency (Unit Standards: 117705 [Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act], 119651 [Handle and use a manually operated rifle], 123519 [Handle and use a manually operated rifle for business purposes]) and a
- FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate.
- The remainder (and main) part of the course involves students spending time (approximataely 7 hours per day) conducting approaches on potentially dangerous animals under the expert supervision of our trails guide instructor.
Your firearm training will be conducted by Bob Nixon the owener of Firearm Training Services. With over 25 years experience of working with firearms Bob is the epitomy of professionalism and safety in all his training.
Your VPDA training will be conducted by Massimo Rebuzzi. Massimo has over 15 years of experience in the industry and was a finalist in the 2016 Safari Guide of the year competiton and winner of the shooting and tracking categegories. His knowledge and passion for the bush make him an exceptional trainer.
The syllabus is aligned with the FGASA syllabus for Trails Guides – part of the View Potentially Dangerous Animals (VPDA) Unit Standard 8459.
Certification and Accreditation
The qualification you will receive at the end of the course (if all the assessments are passed) is that of a Back-up Trails Guide. See our Frequently Asked Questions page for the difference between a Back-up and a Lead Trails Guide.
Africa Nature Training is a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) accredited training provider that is accredited by CATHSSETA.