Aufnahme eines Marine Guide-Studenten, der an Kueste Suedafrikas steht und auf den Ozean blickt

Your trip at a glance


  • Get to know the Eastern Cape’s magnif­i­cent Sunshine Coast
  • Broaden your knowledge about South Africa’s coastal and marine life
  • Observe an abundance of wild animals in their natural habitat
  • Learn how to conduct safari tours in a coastal-marine environ­ment
  • Benefit from the expertise of long-term experi­enced guides
  • Receive an official FGASA certifi­cate at the end of the course


Camp Ulovane
Nahaufnahme einer Kolonie Brillenpinguine an der Kueste des suedafrikanischen Ostkaps
Aufnahme eines Marine Guide-Studenten, der ueber kleine Felsen an der Kueste Suedafrikas klettert
Marine Guide-Student steht an der Kueste Suedafrikas und beaeugt eine Schnecke, die auf seinem Unterarm sitzt
Eine Gruppe Marine Guide-Studenten wandert an der Kueste von Suedafrikas Ostkap
Aufnahme von einer kleinen Gruppe Delfine vor Suedafrikas Kueste im Indischen Ozean
Aufnahme von zwei Kaptölpeln an der Kueste von Suedafrikas Ostkap
Marine Guide-Studenten stehen in der Brandung des Meeres vor Suedafrika Kueste und beenden oder beginnen gerade ihren Schnorchelausflug
Aufnahme eines Marine Guide-Studenten, der an Kueste Suedafrikas steht und auf den Ozean blickt
Marine Guide-Training in Suedafrikas Ostkap: Aufnahme von gesammelten Muscheln und Meeresgut
Weiter Blick vom Camp Ulovane auf die Landschaft des Amakhala Game Reserves im suedafrikanischen Ostkap

Marine Guide in South Africa

When joining our Marine Guide training course in South Africa, you get to know the Eastern Cape’s magnificent marine biodiversity and acquire essential skills and know-how to be able to conduct coastal-marine visitor tours. At the end of the course you have the chance to receive an official FGASA certificate.

Ein farbenpraechtiger Sonnenuntergang an der Sunshine Coast von Suedafrikas Ostkap

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in South Africa

Port Elizabeth will be your airport of arrival and departure. Please arrive one day before the course begins. Our partner’s transfer service will pick you up at 01:00 PM and take you to Camp Ulovane.

Aufnahme eines Marine Guide-Studenten, der an Kueste Suedafrikas auf einem Felsen steht und auf den Ozean blickt

Activ­i­ties during the Marine Guide adventure

Depending on whether you take part in the 6-months or 4-week training your schedule will vary. If you stay in the course for 6 months, the first 17 weeks of your training will focus on the Apprentice Field Guide and Apprentice Trails Guide subjects – for example, ecology, geology, astronomy, taxonomy, animal behaviour, plant use and, of course, guiding and guest interaction plus rifle handling, tracking and walking safaris.

Marine Guide-Student steht an der Kueste Suedafrikas und beaeugt eine Schnecke, die auf seinem Unterarm sitzt

The actual 4-week Marine Guide programme serves to expand your previously gained guiding know-how by introducing you to South Africa’s coastal and marine life. Throughout the training you will be taught on a variety of subjects including marine wildlife and plants (marine mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, sea plants), geology, astronomy, historical aspects, conservation management and, of course, marine guiding.

Throughout the entire training, no matter if it’s the short or extended programme, students will experience a balanced mix of theoretical and practical units.

Aufnahme einiger Marine Guide-Studenten, die bei einem Bootsausflug eine Gruppe von Delfinen beobachten

Long-term experienced trainers will always ensure support and instruction and pass their expert knowledge on to them. Exciting extras of the Marine Guide training include snorkelling excursions, estuarine boat trips and visiting the fisheries department of Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

During the final exam period of the course(s) you will need to pass several theoretical and practical assessments in order to receive the official FGASA certificate. At the end of your training you will be able to safely conduct guide experiences in the coastal-marine environment.

Aufnahme des Aussenbereichs von Camp Ulovane, inklusive Sitz- und Lagerfeuerecke mit Braai Area

Accom­mo­da­tion as a guide student

Depending on how mow many participants are signed up for the Marine Guide course, you will either live in our partner’s base station Camp Ulovane or in a small coastal cottage near Port Alfred.

Ecofriendly and sustainable Camp Ulovane borders Amakhala and Kwantu Game Reserves, and is situated in its own little reserve. Here you will share a room with one or two other students.

Blick in den mit Sofas und Kicker ausgestatteten Aufenthaltsraum des suedafrikanischen Trainingscamps Ulovane

Each bedroom has access to its own bathroom, equipped with a shower (and hot and cold water), a toilet and a basin. Rooms are furthermore provided with gas geysers, a cupboard, a desk, a chair, bed linen and towels. To charge your electronical devices you can use the camp’s charging station in the main area. Free WiFi – which might be limited sometimes – can be used in a designated WiFi zone at the campus offices. Cell phone reception is quite good most of the time. Whereas personal clothes need to be done by yourself, a laundry service is offered for your training uniform. Further facilities of Camp Ulovane include a dining room, a small lounge and a lecture room.

Marine Guide-Training in Suedafrikas Ostkap: Aufnahme von gesammelten Muscheln und Meeresgut

You’ll be provided with three meals per day. Teamwork in the kitchen is encouraged and suggestions are always welcome.

If you are part of a very small team, you will stay in a lovely coastal cottage which is only a 15 minute-drive from the town of Port Alfred. You will share a room with one or two other students and use shared bathrooms. The cottage also has its own fully equipped kitchen where you and your group prepare your daily meals together. A lounge, a dining room and a braai area are further features of the house. WiFi is not available, though.

Aufnahme von einer kleinen Gruppe Delfine vor Suedafrikas Kueste im Indischen Ozean

Your accommodation is surrounded by spectacular nature spots and is therefore a perfect base for your Marine Guide adventure.

Keep in mind: When joining the 6-months training which includes the Trails Guide programme, it is possible that several nights will be spent under Africa’s starry night sky! If staying at Camp Ulovane throughout the Marine Guide programme, single nights might be spent in an accommodation near Boknes Beach.

Marine Guide-Studenten stehen am Strand von Suedafrikas Sunshine Coast und machen gemeinsam Yoga

Leisure time during your guide training

No matter if you choose the 6-months or 4-week course: you will always have some free time in between; mainly around lunchtime or in the evening hours. Sunday afternoons can usually be used for own activities as well. Relax in camp, read a book, go for a run, play volleyball or go on a trip to the nearest town.
When joining the 6-months programme there will be several larger breaks: a mid-weekend break in week 5, a two-week break between the Apprentice Field Guide and the Apprentice Trails Guide programme and a two-day break between the Apprentice Trails Guide and Marine Guide programme. During the two-week break, students need to leave camp but can use this great opportunity for backpacking and travelling in the area.

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    1. Camp Ulovane

    Camp Ulovane is a sustainable and ecofriendly training facility in Ulovane Reserve, sharing borders with beautiful Amakhala and Kwantu Game Reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The camp was completed in 2009 and offers modern, comfortable and well-equipped facilities for its students – including several dorm rooms plus attached bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area, a lounge and a lecture room.

    The Ulovane Reserve is a conservation area which mainly focuses on vegetation management and on re-establishing populations of Cape Mountain Zebra and smaller mammals. There are no large potentially dangerous animals in the reserve. Guests of Camp Ulovane can enjoy a magnificent view of neighbouring Big 5 Amakhala Game Reserve and sometimes even spot herds of antelope roaming the plains below – a stunning place for an educational wilderness adventure.

Background of the Marine Guide training

Our 4-week Marine Guide course is undertaken along the awe-inspiring Sunshine Coast in South Africa’s Eastern Cape and introduces students to the country’s coastal marine environment and ecosystem – the most important ecosystem on the planet. This way, learners will be able to enhance their own guiding portfolio and transport the connection between the marine and the terrestrial environment to others.
The Sunshine Coast is an area which is rich in marine species diversity and boasts the largest dune fields in South Africa. On top of that, it is one of the world’s best whale watching locations.
At the end of the course students will be equipped with the knowledge and skillset to create coastal-marine experiences for visitors.


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