As a South African Tour Operator we provide our guests with a tour that is both informative but also an experience that they will never forget, An integral part of the tour is your tour guide. We employ guides that have the experience and education required to provide an informative and Professional experience on your Safari.
The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa or FGASA provides an education and grading system for Field Guides.
There are different levels of certification namely:
- FGASA – Local Guide
- FGASA – Level I Nature
- FGASA – LEVEL II Nature
- FGASA – Level III Nature
- SKS – Dangerous Game
When Guides conduct walks in a wildlife reserve they should have completed:
- Dangerous Game certifications
- Rifle Handling Certifications
All guides should then have:
- First Aid Certification
- CATHSSETA Certification – www.cathsseta.org.za
- DEAT Registration – www.environment.gov.za
- Relevant Driver licence pertaining to the Vehicle with a PrDP (Professional Drivers Permit)
These requirements assure you as a guest in South Africa that you will have an informed and professional experience.
“The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) provides educational opportunities to promote the conservation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage of Southern Africa. To this end FGASA maintains and serves a professional association of highly trained nature guides, tour operators and hospitality institutions who share the vision and are committed to the FGASA Code of Conduct and Responsible Tourism Guidelines. FGASA aims to promote a culture of professional guiding based on a strong ethical well-informed, safety conscious approach that provides the visitor to Southern Africa with a pleasant and memorable experience.”
“FGASA is fully committed to the development and implementation of the National qualifications, promoting the development of all tourist guides including previously disadvantaged individuals as guides, trackers, trainers and assessors as part of the South African transformation process.
FGASA promotes the development of guides through the use of training programmes that conform to high standards of learner development. The Association promotes the highest standards of guide assessment appointing and registering fully qualified and experienced assessors.
The philosophy of FGASA is one of promoting a high standard of tourist guiding, skills development and job creation within the tourism industry.”