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Welcome to AntaresField Guide TrainingAbout Us

Antares is perfectly suited to offer backpackers and other nature loving enthusiasts the opportunity for an affordable and relaxing breakaway in the African bush. Our accommodation is set up within the 3000Ha Big 5 Grietjie Nature Reserve and we can cater for a maximum of 12 self-catering guests at any one time, depending on gender ratios. The reserve is a member of the Balule Nature Reserve which borders onto the Kruger National Park.

Antares has also been running FGASA endorsed Field Guide training courses (also known as Game Ranger courses) since 2000 and we have seen over 240 students pass through our doors since then.

Our students, who have come from every continent in the world and a great variety of countries, spend 88 days living and learning at the field guide training centre. We accommodate a maximum of 8 students at any one time.

In the early days of guiding, we were affectionately referred to as Game Rangers and to many of the old school this name is still used. However over the past 15-20 years the guiding industry has become more professional and there are now different levels of guiding qualifications that one can aspire to.

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Activities
Game Drives

Experience the bush from the back of an open land rover. There are opportunities to come close to some of the larger animal species found on the reserve. Elephant are encountered on a regular basis as to are other animals such as wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and kudu.

Morning Game Walk

Get rid of those comfort zones and put yourself on a par with the animals around you. Learn about the dung beetles and other insects, the trees and how traditional uses can benefit us, track down an elephant or simply enjoy a morning stroll listening to the birds waking up.

Pel’s Fishing Owl Walk

This activity is limited to 6 people plus the guide and is best done early in the morning. Spend a couple of hours on the banks of the Olifants River looking for this rare and elusive bird species. Balule has at least 18 birds recorded along a 40km stretch of the Olifants River.

Game Drives

Experience the bush from the back of an open land rover. There are opportunities to come close to some of the larger animal species found on the reserve. Elephant are encountered on a regular basis as to are other animals such as wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and kudu.

Sleep out under the stars

This is an unforgettable experience. Sleep out under the stars (no tents) in the sole comfort of your sleeping bag and a fire to keep watch by. An armed guide will accompany you on this excursion. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags and roll mats for this one.

Training

Training Courses and Booking information

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View our Rates and Booking Policy here

  • Check accommodation availability here

    Backpackers Accommodation

    We offer 4 rooms to accommodate up to 12 guests. 2 4-bed dorms and 2 twin rooms with 3 shared bathrooms available. Fully equipped kitchen with microwave, oven, fridge/freezers and outside braai facilities. An affordable option set inside a private game reserve with frequent wild animals visiting the local waterhole make this your best stop over before entering the world famous Kruger National Park

  • Application Form HERE

    Wildlife & Birding Tours Application

    Antares centre is open to self-catering groups throughout the year. We have 4 bedrooms available with a variety of combinations; 2 rooms can take 4 people, there is also 1 double room and 1 twin room. Family rooms (4 singles) are advisable for families with small two small kids thereby ensuring that you stay together.

  • Application Form HERE

    Training Course Application

    Antares offers 3 x 88-day courses annually. The dates of these vary slightly each year but will start normally in January, April and August each year. These courses are designed for those students keen to becoming fully fledged and professional guides within the stimulating world of wildlife tourism.

  • Application Form HERE

    Back-up Trails Guide course

    This course aims to combine the level 1 course with the theory aspect of the back-up Trails Guide qualification included. Over and above the standard 88 days course this slightly longer course will also include a 4×4 training module, a week long Cybertracker module, Advanced Rifle handling and Trails Guide theory sufficient for the back-up guide.

Antares in 2016We Are ExpandingGet The Info

2016 will hopefully see Antares expanding its product range. Over the past 15 years we have run very successful level 1 courses. However recent trends in the guiding industry have meant we need to keep with the times and although we will continue to offer the standard level 1 courses we have also applied to FGASA for endorsement to run a back-up trails guide course in conjunction with the level 1 course.

Antares will offer 3 courses annually, these could be 2 x 15 week courses and 1 88-day course or vice-versa depending on demand. The dates of these vary slightly each year but will start normally in January/February, May/June and August/September each year.

Antares has aligned its courses along the guidelines stipulated by FGASA and CATHSSETA. These courses are designed for those students keen to becoming fully fledged and professional guides within the stimulating world of wildlife tourism.

There is ample time on both courses for theory training and discussion as well as improving the practical skills necessary to ensure you will be considered amongst the finest trained guides in the industry.

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