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Bushwise Field Guides

About

Bushwise Field Guides offers world-class safari guide training in the African bushveld, gap year experiences, wildlife conservation internships, as well as online nature enthusiast and field guiding courses. You can join Bushwise to gain experience with wildlife conservation, start your safari guiding career, or just to have a unique and memorable gap year.

Graduates of our Professional Field Guide program become qualified safari guides, ready to enter this competitive industry with the Bushwise name behind them. Our trainers include experts in entomology, ornithology, conservation, rifle handling, botany and beyond. We also have award-winning trainers on our staff, including Nico Brits, winner of Hospitality and Best on Camera in the Safari Guide of the Year 2022 competition.

Bushwise students continuously receive high pass marks in their FGASA exams. As a result, the Bushwise experience can’t be matched. And that’s why we deliver field guides of the highest caliber.

Reviews

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daisy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

field guide 52 week course

the bushwise field guide course is extremely well put together and lead by a team of expert trainers, who are knowledgable and always willing to help. there was such a diverse group of students on my course and we have all made friends for life. i learnt more than i could possibly ever imagine and every day was full of fun activities, from theory lectures, to bird drives, to tracks and signs, to practical observation tests, to walks in the bush. i would recommend bushwise to anyone who wants to start a nature career in africa

Response from Bushwise Field Guides

Hi there,

Thanks so much for your review! I'm thrilled to hear you found the quality of our trainers so great and our course diverse. I'm also happy to hear you feel you learnt so much while still having fun. All the best with your field-guiding career!

Amanda Stone
Head of Alumni Services (Global)

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Millie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I can’t recommend Bushwise more!

I enjoyed every second of my time at Bushwise. The course was fantastic, the trainers were so knowledgable and I have learnt so much during my time there. The campus is beautiful and you get to spend every day in the bush! All the staff are amazing and they worked so hard to make my time there the best it could possibly be. Any issues that came up throughout the course were dealt with immediately and the support offered was amazing. The friends I have made at Bushwise will last a lifetime. I really couldn’t recommend Bushwise more.

Pros
  • Living in the Bush
  • Gain so much knowledge
  • See some amazing sightings!
Response from Bushwise Field Guides

Hi there,

Thank you for this review! I am thrilled to hear you found the course fantastic and the staff supportive. All the best with your career in conservation!

Amanda Stone
Head of Alumni Services (Global)

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Luke
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life in the bush

Throughout my last 6 months at bushwise I have not had any dull moments. Everyday is unique and I always found myself learning something new everyday from going on game drives nearly everyday to track and sign, advanced rifle handling, sleepouts and first aid.I thoroughly enjoyed myself and made a lot of friendships that will last a lifetime. The training from bushwise is priceless. The trainers go out of their way in order to help you and make sure that you are happy and comfortable at bushwise. Th

Pros
  • Being in the bush all day
  • Endless learning opportunities
Response from Bushwise Field Guides

Hi there,

Thanks so much for taking a moment to leave us a review! I'm thrilled to hear you found your Bushwise training so exciting and made some great friends in the process. All the best with your career in conservation!

Amanda
Head of Alumni

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Brody
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Exceptional experience with Bushwise

The past 6 months studying through Bushwise to become a Field Guide has been the greatest experience of my life, the staff have become family to me and the ability to wake up and witness a natural environment everyday isn't too bad either.I personally use to be very quiet and intraverted which made me believe I wouldn't have what it takes, but the trainers made a massive effort to boost my confidence and I will be forever grateful to them all. I would highly recommend Bushwise to anyone looking to become a Field Guide!

Pros
  • In the Bush!
  • Super friendly people
  • Qualification in the coolest career
Cons
  • Nothing really
Response from Bushwise Field Guides

Hi there,

Thank you so much for taking a moment to leave us such a great review! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this course and that it helped you to grow both professionally and personally. All the best with your career in conservation!

Amanda
Head of Alumni Services

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Adam
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

The past 6 months with Bushwise have been nothing short of amazing. Of course it has been filled with highs, lows, & things that could be done differently but overall, the experiences I have had living in the bushveld of Africa will forever be life changing. From observing elephant behavior on the porch of our tents to learning from the best trainers in the industry, the knowledge gained from the Bushwise course exceeded every expectation I had. Living & training on a reserve in Greater Kruger provided an opportunity that not many will get to experience in this life and provided lessons that simply can't be taught from reading a textbook. One can't say enough about the trainers we had in creating this environment and the patience & efforts they exerted to ensure everyone succeeded during this course.

As an international student, there are many frustrations of trying to get the opportunity to crack into the conservation industry in South Africa but the staff at Bushwise offer patience, insight & support to help give you the best opportunity possible.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It’s a heavy workload but if you come to learn, you’ll be rewarded greatly.
Response from Bushwise Field Guides

Hi there,

Thank you so much for this fantastic review! I am thrilled to hear you had such a positive experience on your Bushwise program and that it exceeded your expectations! I'm also happy to hear you felt the staff were able to provide you with the insight and support needed to launch your career in a field. All the best for the future!

Amanda
Head of Alumni Services

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