Guide Course Namibia: Field Guide
Embark on a journey of discovery while immersing yourself in the natural wonders of Namibia with our Apprentice Field Guide Course. Accredited by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), this course offers an in-depth exploration of the diverse ecosystems that make Namibia an ecological treasure trove. You will learn to identify and interpret the rich biodiversity of the region while delving into fascinating topics such as geology, climate, astronomy, and ecology, as well as guiding principles, ethics, and sustainable practices.
The program consists of two essential components: the online Field Guide Theory and the on-site Field Guide Practical, both designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful guiding career. Special feature: The theory course is available for you for a whole year, allowing you to prepare flexibly and with sufficient time. Upon completion, you will earn a certificate of participation from an accredited college, and if you take the FGASA exam, you will have a guiding qualification along with lifelong skills and a deepened understanding of the natural world.
- Gain useful knowledge on a wide range of subjects, including geology, taxonomy, climate, astronomy, ecology, and more!
- Learn the ins and outs of ethical guiding practices that respect the natural environment while offering the best possible learning experience for participants.
- Develop the ability to identify and interpret features of the natural environment and the dynamic interconnectedness of species.
- Build a strong theoretical knowledge base from online study and further develop your skills with hands-on practical training.
- Engage in stimulating lectures and experiential learning within an intimate group of no more than six students.
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Included in the programme fee
- Placement in the programme
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Assistance with booking flights
- Pre-departure information pack
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Apprentice Field Guide in Namibia
Engage with Namibia's natural wonders through our accredited Apprentice Field Guide Course, exploring diverse ecosystems, wildlife, guiding principles, and practical skills for an unforgettable experience.
Arrival and orientation in Namibia
Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, you will be greeted at the arrival hall by a staff member holding a sign with your name. They will then drive you (about 4 hours, 380 km) to the reserve.
At the reserve, you will have a chance to settle in before receiving an introductory presentation that will familiarize you with the course structure, safety protocols, and daily routines.
Activities during your Apprentice Field Guide practical training
After completing your online field guide theory course, you will join the team for five weeks of practical training at the wildlife reserve to put your skills to the test and build on your knowledge.
To gain your FGASA certification, you must be able to identify and interpret a host of living and non-living features of your environment. That means that daily activities will be structured around developing your skills and knowledge in the following areas:
Guiding, geology, amphibians and reptiles, fish and arthropods, birds and mammals, astronomy, weather and climate, taxonomy, the biomes of Southern Africa, vegetation, animal behaviour, the history of human presence in the region, and finally, conservation management.
Each day will start with an early bush activity, followed by lectures covering the aforementioned subjects, and another bush activity in the late afternoon. Bush activities include game drives, bush walks, birding, animal tracking, and the removal of invasive flora. Routine practical field tests will challenge participants' knowledge of tracks, bird calls, and vegetation identification.
Accommodation as a field guide apprentice
Participants will be accommodated in a comfortable, fully furnished safari tent, equipped with an en-suite bathroom and a private terrace for an unobstructed view of the majestic savannah.
Tents are double roofed for added comfort and to keep the room cool even during the hottest times of the day. Private accommodation can be arranged for an additional fee.
Electricity and WiFi are provided 24/7 but are subject to occasional outages; therefore, packing a headlamp is recommended. There is no cell phone reception at the camp or the reserve.
Three healthy and filling meals are provided each day in the main tent, from a breakfast buffet after an early morning bush activity to tasty international cuisine to end a long day.
Soft drinks, tea and coffee are available to guests at all times to ensure that all needs are catered for.
Leisure time in the Namibian Savannah
Participants will be engaging in bush activities primarily in the early morning and early evening, when temperatures are most comfortable.
The hot midday hours (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) provide leisure time for relaxation, studying for your FGASA certification, or exploring the surrounding wilderness on your own. It is tradition to end the day by gathering around the campfire to share stories and build camaraderie.
Arrival in Namibia
What to expect during your 5-week practical training
Evaluation during and at the end of your training
Last day at the camp side
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“Learning is not limited to one area and goes beyond theory lessons and animal observations. You get to meet new people, different cultures and life experiences.”
“My expectations were exceeded!”
“All the project supervisors and all the volunteers I got to know are all great and kind people.”
“This project really does its job and benefits the locals.”
1. Kambaku Wildlife Reserve
Kambakus Wildlife Reserve covers 8000 hectares of African bush savannah in northern Namibia. In the midst of the savannah you can experience Namibia's unique diversity. During explorations, one encounters various antelope species, including impala, blue wildebeest, kudu with imposing horns, eland, oryx antelope, common duiker and steenbok. Numerous zebras and giraffes also roam the reserve. Kambaku is home to a number of predatory cats such as leopards, cheetahs and smaller cat species.
Kambaku is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife watchers, where the diversity of African fauna and flora shines in all its glory.
Background of the Apprentice Field Guide Course in Namibia
The Apprentice Field Guide Course aims to provide participants with extensive knowledge about Namibia's wildlife, plants, geology, and conservation challenges. It serves as a foundation for those pursuing a career in the guiding sector, helping them become specialists in sharing knowledge and engaging guests. The course also offers an opportunity for nature enthusiasts to deepen their understanding of the flora and fauna in Namibia's wilderness.
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