Dangerous Animals Phase 1: Trails Guide Course

Dates on request

The Dangerous Animals Course run by The Nature College has evolved over the last couple of years to give learners a very sound basis from which to gain experience with dangerous animals and to deal safely and effectively with such animals.

We have developed simulation training to a fine art, where we can guide a learner into developing his/her skills up to a point where they can be introduced to dangerous animals for actual interactions and live approaches.

The course covers all the theory relating to the syllabus for the Dangerous Animals qualification, and learners will be assessed on the SAQA Unit Standards 335797 (View Potentially Dangerous Animals – VPDA), 117705 (Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 2000) and 119651 (Handle and use a manually operated rifle or carbine ) and 123519 (Handle and Use a manually operated rifle or carbine for business purposes). Candidates will be exposed to extensive practical and theoretical experience.

The course fee includes accommodation, meals and the prescribed handbook Animal Alert! – You and the big ones. The course fee does not include the cost of ammunition. Candidates must bring their own rifles.


The cost of the course includes accommodation and simple meals at the training venue and practical assessment. The prescribed handbook Animal Alert! – you and the big ones is included in the price. The price excludes transport, registration fees with NDT, as well as First Aid Training (compulsory elements for legal registration as a Field Guide).

Qualification Details

The SAQA Unit Standard 335797 (VPDA) is added to an existing guide qualification

You also need a valid rifle proficiency qualification from SASSETA (e.g. 119651 and 117705 – Firearms Control Act and Handle a Manually Operated Rifle, or 10750 (Use of a rifle) and 123519 (Handle and Use a manually operated rifle or carbine for business purposes) and pass the Advanced Rifle Handling Test

You must meet the practical requirements (Simulated Approaches, Mentored Approaches & Field Skills – achieve required number of credits)

All of the above will qualify you for the CATHSSETA Skills Programme 0043/0044 (Nature Site Guide Dangerous Animals Areas Level 2 or Level 4 – Backup Guide) and ARH to start gaining experience (encounters) for the full qualification of Back-up Trails Guide.