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Welcome to AntaresField Guide TrainingAbout Us

Antares is situated on the Grietjie Private Nature Reserve. The reserve falls within the Balule Game Reserve and the Greater Kruger National Park making us one of a selected few training providers than can claim to be operating within the boundaries of the Kruger. The reserve is 3000Ha in extent and we have traversing access over a further 3000Ha. All this makes for an exceptional experience within a Big 5 area. We have access to almost 10kms of the Olifants river and regular sightings of elephant, lion and buffalo occur along with many other general game species and a bird list of over 300 species.

Antares has been running FGASA endorsed Field Guide training courses (also known as Game Ranger courses) since 2000 and we have seen over 280 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 time 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.


The next course starts in…


2019 will see Antares reborn. Over the past 18 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 our new programme will be designed to offer students the best opportunity to fulfill all the requirements that lodge managers are now requesting from applicants.


Apart from the minimum NQF2 qualification, a back-up Trails Guide qualification, specialist birding, tracking and a few other exciting inclusions await those that are serious about becoming professional guides.