As the stresses of modern life increase many people are seeking solace in visiting areas of natural and cultural heritage. These visitors seek to learn and understand the beauty of nature.
We have committed to training dedicated guides and conservationists to equip them with the skills to guide these visitors in the park. And thereby ensuring the fulfilment that the quest seeks while exploring the reserve.
The course duration is 3 months for the basic training, upon completion further training will be offered to ensure career development for the guide.
Initial instruction will be based on the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) apprentice guide qualification for which is important so that the guides can register with their regional tourism department. This qualification is then aligned with the CATHSETA (Culture, Art, Tourism, and Hospitality Sector Education Training Authority).
Topics covered in the training include : Principles of Guiding and effective communication , Geology, Ecology, Plants and their uses , Taxonomy , Animal Behavior , Weather and Climate, Arthropods, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Mammals , Cultural Heritage, Game Reserve Management , Tracking skills and history.
In addition to the field guides course, participants will be introduced to Environmental management practices and biological monitoring.
The bio-monitoring training will include research methodologies into the following:
Avi-faunal monitoring, Camera trap set up and data management, vegetation monitoring and river assessments.
Participants will then be adequately equipped with the knowledge to guide and assist in reserve management and research within the reserve.