FGASA stands for the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa. This association was created to provide educational opportunities, working towards "the conservation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage of Southern Africa". They train and support a group of tourist guides, tour operators and hospitality institutions who share their vision of conservation and rehabilitation.
With that in mind, FGASA aims to create a culture of ethical and safe guiding, and have created a series of national qualifications to encourage enthusiastic and hard-working people, life yourself, to become field guides.
What about the course?
The FGASA Level 1 Certificate is the minimum requirement needed to become a field guide in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland.
At the end of the course, you should be able to identify the major living and non-living features of the natural environment around you. The course gives you sound knowledge of the area’s history, geology, plants, and animals.
What will I have to do?
This course is both theoretical and practical and is ideally suited for people who wish to pursue a safari field/trails guiding career, or for adventurous travellers seeking a unique educational wildlife experience in one of Africa's last remaining open wilderness areas. The Field Guide Level 1 training course ends in an exam so you will be expected to study, and those that pass will receive a FGASA Level 1 certificate.
Where can I do it?
You can choose to complete your course in either Port Elizabeth or Kruger National Park in the "Rainbow Nation" of South Africa. Port Elizabeth is South Africa's second oldest city, a coastal town of cosmopolitan vibrancy and beautiful landscapes, along the renowned Garden Route. Kruger is one of South Africa's most famous and well-established national parks, and encompasses some of Africa's rarest wildlife in a dramatic backdrop of lush savannah and craggy mountainsides.