Know African Nature!


This training program is offered together with a group of South African students who are doing the provincial tourist guiding program to become a tourism entrepreneur.

For you as an overseas guest it is an attendance program during which you will learn an awful lot about African nature.

You will receive a certificate from Tour Guiding Leadership stating that you attended this training program.


Location of Training

Faerie Glen in Pretoria East

Lectures are conducted in Faerie Glen with practical excursions into the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve. Faerie Glen Nature Reserve forms part of the Bronberg Mountains/Hills and exhibit much of the character of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

We are doing the training in one of the eastern suburbs of Pretoria called Faerie Glen. Adjacent to us is the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve with zebras, impalas, red hartebeest, nyala and bushpig.

It has a wide variety of plant species, with a bird list of more than 150 species observed to date. It is really a beautiful reserve which we are sure you will enjoy and benefit from it as a student. 



We don’t offer accommodation during the training, but there are a variety of guest houses very close to us. Google Faerie Glen guest houses.

In the evenings you are free to explore the shops, shopping malls, casino, movies, dance venues, restaurants and night life of our area.


Program Content

1.       Amphibia – identify and know interesting facts of 40 selected frog and toad species of SA.

2.       Animal Behaviour – ethology, senses in mammals, communication in mammals using senses, and we focus more on general behaviour in the social life of groups (antelopes, cats, hyenas, etc), but also of specific important animals in the dangerous game category.

3.       Arthropoda – identify and know interesting facts of 80 selected and more generally encountered insect, spider, scorpion families of SA.

4.       Astronomy – more in depth study of stars, our Sun, globular star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, comets, meteors, meteorites, birth of a star, life cycle of the different types of stars, star luminosity, stellar colour spectra–temperatures-age relationships, and focus more specific on constellations, our own cosmic address in an intergalactic sense in the Universe. We use star maps and find as many constellations as possible for the time of the year.

5.       Biomes – the 9 biomes of SA in more depth

6.       Birds – flight, breeding, defence & survival, food & feeding, general behaviour, birds of prey, and then we focus on building out your list of birds to identify on sight and sound, and more

7.       Botany – plants in the different vegetation types of the 9 biomes of SA, interpreting year rings, traditional uses of plants, use the key to tree families in tree & shrub identification, build a tree and shrub list of at least 70 interesting endemic species and know interesting facts & traditional uses and medicinal uses.

8.       Bushcraft – during this phase we will assist you to fine-tune your senses through a series of exercises, in such a way that you will experience nature much more intensely. You will develop a deeper awareness of your natural surroundings. You will develop a different level of awareness or consciousness of your surroundings and will be more in harmony and balance with your surroundings. 

9.       Climatology & Weather – relationship between air pressure and wind, types of winds, general atmospheric  circulation (meridional, primary, secondary, tertiary), weather processes.

10.   Conservation – in more depth (SANParks, Transfrontier Parks, Provincial Reserves)

11.   Ecology – population dynamics & ecology, abiotic components, biotic components, interspecies interactions, communities, relationship between soil type-vegetation-fauna

12.   Geology – geological maps, stratigraphy, plate-tectonics, folding, faulting, cleavage, mountain building,  SA geological history

13.   Guiding Skills on an advanced level

14.   Heritage Guiding – archaeological guiding, rock art in more depth

15.   Mammalia –study in more depth 30 selected South African land mammals and to know them in depth in terms of Prime Activity Periods, Social Nature, Habitat, Diet, Breeding Period, Gestation, Birth Peaks, Special Features, Predators and Predator Avoidance, Lifestyle, Population Dynamics, Interactions & Relationships with other wildlife. We also focus on general questions asked about these 30 species by guests and tourists.  

16.   Oceanography – Indian Ocean vs..Atlantic Ocean, estuaries and the open sea, mangrove swamps, the physical environment (temperature, salinity, water density), Agulhas Current, Agulhas Bank, Benguela  System, oceanic fronts, red-water outbreaks, ocean ecosystems

17.   Reptilia – external covering, shape & size, colouring and markings, distribution & habitat, food, reproduction, hibernation & growth, senses, locomotion, speed of movement, longevity, enemies, sounds, temperature tolerance, parasites & diseases, superstitions & beliefs, uses, venoms, snakebite & treatment.

18. Explore and Learn - distinguish yourself from other nature or field guides by adding these 250 often neglected animals to your nature knowledge bank. Learn some interesting facts about each. 

19. Nature Observation - we fine-tine your senses to enhance your nature observation skills

20. Survival (no eating of insects and other things) - navigation during day and night, where and how to look for water, making fire, making ropes, basic survival skills

21. More Advanced Astronomy - Identify an additional 12 constellations and know their mythology.

22. Bird Identification - how to identify birds, bird groups

23. Introduction the Tracking qualifications  - track identification with our own developed track chart, introductions to basic tracking skills


Scheduled Dates

Theoretical & Practical Training - 20 -31 August 2018

From Mondays to Fridays  -  08h00 -17h00


Please note: The South African students are doing additional subjects in Culture Guiding and Entrepreneurship, which starts on Monday 3 September 2018. You are not part of this latter training programs.



    Total program fee– US$ 800 per person

·           No accommodation or meals included – coffee/tea included

·           You must find their own accommodation and bring their own food

 Tourism Possibilities


You are welcome to do a short tour to the Kruger National Park or Pilansberg National Park before or after this program.

The weather in Kruger Park is fantastic in August and September and very suitable for camping. It is also easier to get a booking there if you are willing to camp. If you would need some recommendations which camps to book, please ask.

Camping Equipment for hire:

Dome-shaped canvas tents – 3m x 3m x 2,2m high weighing 25kg for hire @ US$25 / day

Inflatable single bed mattresses at US$ 5 per mattress / day

Just bring your own sleeping bags and pillows