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Discount on the 88 day FGASA field guide course

                                   SPECIAL OFFER

Antares is offering a 5% discount to anyone who books and pays in full before 31st December to enroll on the 88 day course starting on 9th January 2012. Book now only 5 spaces available.

Antares now offers an 88-day level 1 course on the Balule Nature Reserve. Included in the course fees are all training, board, lodging, level 1 and 2 wilderness first aid training, FGASA registration and first year membership fees, a FGASA level 1 theory exam and practical assessment.


Successful students have the opportunity to be able to register as a SITE guide with DEAT for Kruger Park and surrounding reserves

As of July 2011 the minimum length of a FGASA endorsed course will be set at 60 days plus a further 30 days for other aspects, totaling 90 days. With this in mind, Antares has restructured our programme to ensure that our long-standing endorsement with FGASA is maintained.


The course will still follow the syllabus as set out by FGASA , The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa.

The subjects that will be covered are diverse, covering topics such as astronomy, geology, anything to do with fauna and flora and a host of others. Emphasis will be placed on practical guiding techniques as well as theoretical training. Although only endorsed by FGASA to a level 1 standard, the depth of knowledge taught will be between a level 2 and level 3. The students will spend Monday-Friday learning and have the weekends in which to catch up on any extra revision they require or just to unwind and get themselves ready for the week ahead. With the increase in available time to learn about the various subjects, we will concentrate on encouraging debate and discussion about the topics, exposing students more to practical components and accessing additional media to boost knowledge levels.



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Advanced Nature Guiding and Wildlife Conservation

Nature Guiding as a professional career, has evolved steadily over the last two decades, and today is a much sought after career.

The national qualifications that are available for nature guiding are set at relatively low levels when compared to Conservation or Tourism programmes, in order to be accessible to more potential students. The working environment, in which these skills are delivered however, is one that requires guides to be confident, knowledgeable, responsible and well educated leaders. A guide working at a prestigious 5 star Game Lodge has got an enormous amount of responsibility and very high expectations from both his or her employer and paying guests.



The guides that are currently being produced through shorter training programmes, fall short of this requirement and are not viewed as employable by many employers. It is for this reason that many prestigious lodges and reserves put their guides through considerable further internal training programmes to ensure that the right skills and values are transferred before allowing them to start working. There is a clear gap between the requirements of the industry and the ability of current programmes to produce suitably qualified, mature and responsible nature guides and it is this gap that we hope to bridge with this new industry orientated programme.

The Bhejane Nature Training Advanced Nature Guiding and Wildlife Conservation programme is a unique and comprehensive 3 year programme that is the first of a new generation of industry orientated learning programmes. This programme combines the intimately related fields of Professional Nature Guiding, Conservation/Wildlife Management, Monitoring and Research, and Tourism and Hospitality. This enables the student to get a quality academic qualification whilst at the same time living and training in the bush as opposed to attending a short informal bush course with little value, or a lengthy academic programme that still leaves them unemployable.



Many Nature Conservation graduates are aware of the difficulty in finding employment without also having FGASA guiding qualifications, and this often leads to further time and expense on getting all the necessary qualifications to become employable.

Bhejane is in the unique position of being able to offer a 3 year programme that will ensure that the student can now do all of this in one place, gain valuable practical experience and qualify for an industry placement at the same time.

In addition to the benefits stated above, this is the only programme of its kind that prepares the student to work in both terrestrial and marine protected areas.



The college base camp is situated in Northern Zululand and borders the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. Widely recognised as an area of unrivalled biodiversity, this offers the opportunity to live, study and work in one of the most diverse natural environments in Southern Africa.

The programme is suitable for anyone that is interested in working in Wildlife Tourism and Conservation, either as a Professional Nature Guide, Wildlife Monitor, Research Assistant, Conservation Volunteer Coordinator, Wildlife Manager, or Marine Guide, will benefit from this course. The course caters specifically for students that want more than just an entry level guiding qualification, and is looking for a more practical training approach than what is available through traditional academic qualifications.

Bhejane Nature Training is a fully endorsed FGASA Training Provider. (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)


Join us today, to become a part of the Zululand Conservation Legacy . . .


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New Ulovane Environmental Training Courses



Due to popular demand we will be offering extra courses through the rest of 2011.

Keen to do just level one in 9 weeks, excited by the thought of being recognized for your excellent birding skills, enjoy sharing the underwater world with your guests – well then read on!

People often ask what is it we do – well those guides that take you on game drives while on a reserve, or that guide that takes you on a walk to show you the little things from trees to snails, the guide that takes you on your snorkeling trip to show you the algae and share with you his/her knowledge of the underwater world – well we are facility that trains them to share their knowledge, skills and expertise with you. Ensuring that you have an extraordinary experience and are looked after at all times.

That is what we do, we are passionate, dedicated and love to be able to wake up every day and YES I love my job.




9 week FGASA Level one course
Date: 19 September – 19 November
Price: R34 000.00

3 Week FGASA Birding specialization
Date: 21 November- 09 December
Price: R12 000.00


3 Week FGASA Marine Guiding course
Date: 21 November – 09 December
Price: R14 000.00


Ulovane Environmental Training is dedicated to developing and supporting the Guiding industry in Africa with highly competent, professional and knowledgeable Nature and Marine guides. The Ulovane team are striving to become the leader in developing the guides of the future. We take a personal interest in each and every student and enjoy sharing our passion and dedication with them.

Join us and become one with Nature!

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Antares Field Guide 90-day Field Guide Course

Antares will be running their 1st 90-day course from 6th June onwards. This course offers potential field guides a fantastic opportunity to spend a decent amount of time in the bush environment studying the level 1 curriculum and obtaining valuable practical exposure to a wide variety of game species, including Big 5.

Should anyone wish to enrol please visit the website, www.antares.co.za and complete the online application form.

There is a special introductory price of R35 000 for this opportunity of a lifetime.

A former student from the previous 6-week programme quoted – “this was probably the best 6 weeks of my life, an experience I will never forget”

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