Biome Guide Course

Dates on request

Our Level 4 Biome Guide Course is aimed at guides wanting to graduate to the higher levels of guiding, and students will be assessed for the CATHSSETA Skills Programme Nature Site Guide Level 4. The course content is based on our latest publication The Nature Guide, plus the publication The vegetation of SA.

The Biome Guide Course (FGASA Level 2 equivalent) consists of four phases:

  1. a preparatory phase  (approximately two weeks) during which candidates are given assignments on various topics to prepare them for the course;
  2. an attendance phase of 12 days presented at the The Nature College, 40 km from Ladismith in the Little Karoo;
  3. a compulsory revision phase of 14 days (at home), with workbook preparation for the written exam.
  4. and an assignment & exam phase for the biome qualifications

The course meets the requirements of the Skills Programme Nature Site Guide: Level 4, consisting of the following SAQA Unit Standards:

  1. Conduct a guided nature experience (335799);
  2. Care for customers (246740);
  3. Conduct a tourist guiding activity (335801);
  4. Minimise and manage safety and emergency incidents (255914);
  5. Conduct a guided biome experience (335815).

Five biomes can be covered, on demand (Fynbos, Succulent & Nama Karoo, Grassland & Savanna).