Part-time
nature courses
For field guides and nature lovers
Innovative practical training by leading subject experts
A variety of Bushveld venues.

FGASA accredited field guide & specialist nature courses

Bushveld Experience Skills and Training

"The What, the How and the Why of the South African bush."

The Who

This course is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts who want to increase
their understanding and enjoyment of nature.
Those who wish to pursue a nature related career, (field guides, safari operators, lodge owners, photographers), will reap the benefits of our in-depth training
The part-time format of our course is designed for busy people with limited free time, and allows us to offer comprehensive training at very reasonable rates.

The How

Our emphasis is on practical training in a professional and stimulating yet relaxed environment facilitated by the subject experts.Our subject experts not only have extensive, up-to-date knowledge in their respective fields but also wide-ranging practical experience.Field trips take place at a variety of venues with different habitats, which enhances your diversity of knowledge and understanding.

The What

Bushveld Experience Skills & Training is a FGASA accredited training provider which allows you to achieve an NQF2 qualification at the end of the course.We follow the FGASA NQF2 (Apprentice Field Guide) syllabus, however, the level of knowledge and practical experience offered far exceeds level NQF4.The course covers all elements of South Africa’s beautiful natural heritage in the savannah and grassland biomes, from Earth & Plants to Animals

The Why

Getting to grips with the sights and sounds of nature is one of the most rewarding outcomes our course offers.BEST will leave you with an advanced knowledge of the South African bushveld as well as some of the best once-in-a-lifetime experiences to share with new friends.

The BEST Nature Course

"A Bushveld Experience of a Lifetime"

Earth

  • The Story of Life & Earth,
  • Weather & Climate,
  • Astronomy,
  • Geology, rocks soils & vegetation,
  • Palaeontology

Plants

  • Taxonomy & Classification
  • Grasses
  • Trees
  • Wildflowers
  • Veld Management
  • Non-vascular plants, lichens, etc.

Ecology

  • Interpreting Ecosystems
  • Ecology in Practice
  • Relationships & Interactions
  • Biomes
  • Animal behaviour

Animals

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Amphibians
  • Arthropods
  • Reptiles
  • Signs of the Veld

Guiding
Skills

  • Creating a BEST Bushveld Experience
  • Planning, Preparation & Research
  • Communication & Evaluation
  • The Client

Focus Courses

  • Wildflowers
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Focus on Acacias
  • Ecology in the Field
  • Birds LBJs
  • Snake Handling
  • First Aid level 1
  • Tracks & Signs

Our Nature Training Venues

"Explore Diverse Ecosystems within South Africa."

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Sediba Game Lodge

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Pilanesberg National Park

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Kgaswane Mountain Reserve

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Marakele National Park

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Golden Gate National Park

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Cradle of humankind

Our Qualified BEST Experts

"Sharing their Knowledge of the Bush is Invaluable"

Frits van Oudtshoorn
Magister Technologiae (Nature Conservation) (Cum Laude),
National Diploma, Natural Resource Utilisation National Diploma, Nature Conservation Accredited with AgriSeta
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Andrew Hankey
National Diploma in Horticulture Durban University of TechnologyMSc. Nature Conservation UNISA
Specialist Horticulturalist at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
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Dr Sam Ferreira
PhD in Zoology
University of Pretoria
Large Mammal Ecologist, SanParks
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Pat McGee
MSc Agriculture (Soil Science)
FGASA Trails guide & ARH
FGASA level 3 Nature Guide
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Bennet de Klerk
FGASA Trails guide & ARH,
FGASA 3 Professional Field Guide,
FGASA Assessor
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Dr Ian Engelbrecht
MSc in Conservation Biology WITS
BSc (Hons) Ecology, Environment and Conservation WITS
PhD Zoology at University of Pretoria
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Dr Hanneline Smit-Robinson
PhD in molecular zoology Stellenbosch University.
BirdLife South Africa’s Head of Conservation
FGASA NQF2 Field Guide
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Lance Ribinson
BSc Natural Sciences WITSBSc (Hons) Environmental Management UNISA
WITS Bird Club Past Chairman
FGASA NQF2 Field Guide
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