About Nature Guide Training
Things went so well that we decided to run open courses, allowing people from around the world to join us in our rigorous training programs.
With the extensive development of training materials (Our original manual can be downloaded here for free!) and the careful planning of interesting educational courses the production of many excellent and sought after nature guides began to take place. Many of the field guides trained at Entabeni eventually moved on to some of the most prestigious reserves in the industry, and many are successfully working there today in various capacities, such as guides, head guides and even camp management and general management positions.
Some are still employed as close as at Entabeni Private Game Reserve itself and others as far afield as Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
In 2013, after more than a decade at Entabeni, we moved the school from The Waterberg to the world famous Kruger National Park region of South Africa, where we are currently located at a small, wild, bush camp on the banks of the Olifants River. We call this place ‘Ngala Camp’…or in English, the ‘Lion Camp’. There is good reason for this, as we have regular visits by the local lion prides along our camp fence!
We train strictly to the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) standards, and enjoy an excellent training reputation with FGASA, who closely monitor all examinations and practical evaluations. We are fully endorsed to train under the auspices of FGASA. FGASA in turn is endorsed by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport, Sector Education Training Authority (CATHSSETA). This allows our instructors to award National Qualifications on the South African Qualification Authority framework.
We also have our own CyberTracker Assessors, as Lee and Kersey are both able to conduct these tests. We have a highly experienced team of nature guide trainers who are responsible for the production of the high standard training we present, all operating under the mentored guidance of the owner, Lee Gutteridge and our principal trainer Diana Griffioen. For more information about the team of trainers and their qualifications please see the Our Team page, but in summary we have got the most qualified team in Southern Africa today, with two PhD students (Kersey and Acima), two SKS guides (Diana has SKS Wild Flowers and SKS birding and Lee has SKS Dangerous Game, SKS Wild Flowers, SKS Birding, Specialist Palaeoanthropology), A FGASA Scout (Lee was the seventh Scout Guide) and two Senior Trackers (Lee and Kersey, with Kersey being the only female to ever earn this accolade).
We have proudly been associated with FGASA, as professional trainers and assessors for over fifteen years, and all of our courses are conducted in and amongst Africa’s Big Game and we see animals such as Lions and Elephants virtually every single day, and in fact they are very often right in front of our tents!! Unlike many other training schools we do not have travel to other reserves to see the Big Five; we have them all right here!
We provide (fully included) services unlike many other schools, as we do not believe you have come to the African Bush to waste time washing pots, cooking food and doing laundry! If you wanted to do that you would have stayed at home wouldn’t you? With us you need only spend your time learning and experiencing life in the African Bush. A typical day is filled with many hours of instruction, seven days a week for the duration of our courses! On average we do at least 7 to 10 hours per day in the bush, either on foot or on a Land cruiser!