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Short Courses

What is on offer?


10-day Nature Enthusiast Course


14-day practical experience and assessment course

10-day Nature Enthusiast Course (non-guiding certificate)


This course covers the non-guiding NQF2 (former level 1) components and is designed for those who are not interested in obtaining a legal guiding qualification or who can’t afford the time to attend the more advanced programmes.

Antares is offering an opportunity for a short duration course without the practical guiding assessment aspect. This course does not create a short-cut to a legal qualification, but equips the participant with all the same knowledge and exposure to the bush and its various components but without the stress of the guiding assessment.


The course is an intensive 10 days and will include daily walks and drives in the Big 5 Balule reserve. Ideally suited to people in the corporate world who want a break from the office or those that just want to spend some quality time in the bush. The courses start on a Friday evening and end on a Sunday, so you only need to take 5 days off work to enjoy a 10-day break.


There are minimal formal lectures as the majority of information will be discussed during daily walks and drives. A sleep out under the stars for one night allows a break from the safety of the brick and mortar facilities and our astronomy section will be included during this time. A reptile course is also on offer.


Participants will need to bring along a sleeping bag and roll mat for the sleep out as well as a rucksack and good torch. Lots of walking is envisaged so strong comfortable walking boots and a water bottle are essential.


For those that would like to receive a FGASA certificate at the end to show for their efforts then a workbook will need to be completed and an exam taken at the end of the course. Free time between walks and drives will be spent discussing any subjects where knowledge is lacking.


Participants will need to register with FGASA prior to attending the course and can start working on their learner material in advance. This is advisable as there will be minimal time to complete all the workbook material in the short time available at the centre.


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14-day Practical experience and assessment Course


This course is designed to offer an opportunity for participants to gain some mentored practical experience in order to have the confidence and skills to attempt their NQF2 practical assessment.

Antares is offering an opportunity for a short duration course where trainees who have completed their FGASA theory training through self-study or did not have an opportunity to complete their practical assessment for whatever reason, to gain some additional practical experience and complete their qualification.


Participants will need to have proof of having passed the FGASA NQF2 theory component before being considered for a place on this course.

Participants will be expected to:

  • Be competent in their driving skills
  • Be fully-paid up members of FGASA
  • Have a valid and current 1st aid qualification.


This course will run over 14 days with between 6 and 8 participants. The final 4 days will be set aside for practical assessments. This leaves 10 days during which time each participant will conduct a number of drives with the others taking on the role of guests. Mentorship and guidance will be offered on game drive techniques, approaching sightings, guest communication techniques, vehicle preparation and basic maintenance on drive along with a variety of other subjects.


Participants must be prepared to spend several hours each day in the vehicle in order to make efficient use of the limited time available. Group discussions will be held on how things are conducted and how to improve, thereby helping people to understand and see different options.


Participation on the course is not a guarantee to obtaining the final qualification, that comes down to hard work and competence displayed by the individual.