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Full Time Nature Guide

WHAT IS A TOURIST GUIDE?

A Nature Guide is a person that interprets the natural wealth of a site or province to a group of international or local visitors and educates and informs them of the different aspects of that particular area. South Africa has a very diverse natural heritage that offers countless tourism destinations where people can experience a variety of tourism attractions from the Fynbos in the Western Cape to the majestic Baobab in the Limpopo, from the wonders of the wetlands at St. Lucia to the striking Gemsbok of the Kalahari. These guides are very well informed about the natural elements of the site or province they guide in and have a wealth of information about the animals and plant life that inhabit it. A Nature Guide can operate in one specific site or qualify to work as a competent guide in a province/s or as a National Guide. A Nature Guide can guide in national parks, conservation areas, mountains, bushveld, different biomes, game reserves, etc. A Nature Guide can also qualify as a specialised guide in an area, province or the whole of South Africa and conduct tours such as botanical tours, biome tours, big 5 tours, birding tours, geology tours, wetlands tours, natural resource tour, etc.

Drum Beat Academy offers a CATHSSETA accredited Nature Guide qualification. This course will enhance your skills as a guide and enable you to interpret our natural heritage in an interesting and informative way. Once qualified, this course will let you travel throughout South Africa exploring and sharing our country with paying customers both local and international. Qualified Nature Guides can move from province to province finding employment with tour operators, working as a free-lance guide or working on private game reserves in the provinces they are qualified for.

WHAT IS AGRITOURISM?

Agritourism can be an important alternative enterprise for small farmers. Such an enterprise typically involves charging fees for access to your property for wildlife-related or farm-related recreational activities such as hiking, canoeing, camping, photography, cheese making, wine tasting or from the sale of items associated with these activities such as maps, food, canoe rentals, guided walks, etc. Agritourism could be your farm’s future!


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OVERVIEW

The Nature Tourist Guide qualification is a 1-year program. During this year each learner will spend time at Windy Brow Game Reserve and Zwartkloof Private Game Reserve. The learner will do a full Tourist Guide Certificate and select short courses / workshops during the year.

During the week learners will have theory, practical, and PoE sessions. Each learner must complete a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) during the year, this will include workbooks, assignments, and completion of a logbook. Learners will be divided into groups and scheduled on work assignments on the game reserve in rotation. Learners will be expected to work some weekends. When learners have free time, they can explore the area around them. This is also the ideal time to catch up on any outstanding PoE work or assignments.

PRESENTED BY

DRUM BEAT ACADEMY, in association with:

  • Agri Skills Transfer.

  • Windy Brow Game Reserve.

  • Zwartkloof Private Game Reserve.


QUALIFICATION DETAILS

  • FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING CERTIFICATE: TOURIST GUIDING

  • SAQA ID 71549, NQF Level 4, Minimum 134 Credits

The Nature Guide course will focus on the biomes found in South Africa (specifically Bushsveld and Grassland). This 1-year course will consist of theory and practical training. During the year learners will be taken on excursions to experience as much as possible. Other practical excursions will be arranged during the year, these will not be compulsory and will be at an extra fee (not included in course price), unless otherwise stated.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Matric (grade 12) Certificate.

  • Two South African languages.

  • South African citizen.

ALTERNATIVE

Should a learner not have a matric certificate or not be a South African citizen then they can enrol for the National Certificate: Tourism: Guiding (SAQA ID 17174, NQF Level 2).

DEPARTMENT TOURISM REQUIREMENTS

All qualified tourist guides must register with a Provincial Registrar appointed by the Department of Tourism (e.g., Gauteng Tourism Authority). For this you must be a South African citizen or have a valid work permit. You will submit a copy of your Tourist Guiding certificate (and Drum Beat Acknowledgement of Result), a valid First Aid certificate, R240 registration fee (not included in course price), and 4 passport size photos. You will also need to complete a registration form and sign a code of conduct and ethics upon registration. Once approved you will receive your guiding badge and card. Registrations are valid for 3-years, registrations can be renewed and updated. (Note: Driver-guides need to be 21 years of age to get their PDP).

DURATION

1-year (March 2022 – March 2023).

Course Content

THE MODULES INCLUDE:

 

FET CERTIFICATE

Techniques of guiding; Astronomy; Biomes; Climatology; Ecology; Geology; Taxonomy; Animals; Plants; To name but a few.

Practical

Conducting a guided nature tour; Provide customer service; Demonstrate ability to handle problems.

COURSE FEES

ONCE-OFF PRICE

Total cost for the 1-year FET Certificate R58 000.

PAYMENT PLAN

  • Deposit: R15 000.

  • 10 monthly instalments: R4 880 per month.

  • Total cost R63 800.

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE

  • Learning material (excluding prescribed books).

  • Short courses and excursions (unless otherwise stated).

  • Mentor / facilitator to guide and support the learner.

  • Assessments, moderation, and certification.

  • Graduation ceremony.

The following short courses and workshops are also included:

  • Adventure site guide (mountaineer) – CATHSSETA Accredited.

  • Optimisation of agri/ecotourism strengths and opportunities – AgriSETA Accredited.

  • Prepare and serve cocktails – workshop.

  • Prepare, cook, and serve food in the restaurant – workshop.

  • Tour operator – workshop.

  • First Aid Level 1 – TETA Accredited.

  • Basic Fire Fighting – workshop.

  • Snake ID and handling – workshop.

  • Guiding and trials (mountain bike trails, establishing and maintaining trails) – workshop.

  • Orienteering (map reading and navigation) – workshop.

  • 4 x 4 instruction – workshop.

  • Basic wildlife photography – workshop.

11 day trips are included in the price. For example, Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, visit to a planetarium or observatory, Sterkfontein caves, etc.

EXCLUDED FROM THE COURSE FEE

  • PPE and other items – each learner to bring: Safety shoes or shoes suitable for walking and working in the bush; Safety gloves; Overalls; Hat and sunglasses; Raincoat; Refillable water bottle; Headlamp.

  • Accommodation (billed separately by each site).

  • Meals and refreshments.

  • Learners are responsible for their own transport between Windy Brow and Zwartkloof.

  • Laptop / notebook / tablet. Learners can do their assignments electronically or by hand. Some of the class assignments and PoE will be loaded onto Google Classroom. Those that prefer old-school hardcopies will also be accommodated.


ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

WINDY BROW GAME RESERVE

  • Dormitory style (4 sharing), shared bathroom.

  • Bring own bedding.

  • R3 500.00 per month (not included in course fees).

or

  • Single room with own bathroom.

  • Bring your own bedding.

  • R4 500.00 per month (not included in course fees).

  • Limited space, early booking essential. 3 rooms available.

ZWARTKLOOF PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

  • Dormitory style (8 – 12 sharing), shared bathroom.

  • Bring own bedding.

  • R3 500.00 per month (not included in course fees).

MEALS

  • Meals are self-catering (for learner’s own account).

  • Fully equipped kitchen and braai facilities available.

  • Bring own set of cutlery & crockery.

  • Learners are encouraged to collaborate and prepare meals together (share cooking and cleaning duties).


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