Join us in the heart of the South African bushveld, in the world-famous Greater Kruger area, for a 2-week nature course that will earn you a FGASA Nature Enthusiast Certificate. The course will cover a variety of subjects and skills, including enjoyable lectures and outdoor practical activities. Join like-minded people learning together, and have a great time whilst developing your knowledge and passion for nature.
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- FGASA accredited course
- Expert guides and trainers
- High quality accommodations
- 2-Week (14 day) course
- Big 5 camp experience
- Comprehensive 24/7 support
We operate from a stunning bush camp, Kaya Imbabala, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, approximately a 30-minute drive from Hoedspruit town.
The camp is made up of 5 deluxe ensuite chalets, with twin as standard (single supplement and double beds available upon request when available) and bathroom with a toilet and shower. The camp operates fully via solar power, embracing eco-tourism approaches, and each of the chalets are built under thatched roofs. The camp is very well located within a stunning scenic part of the reserve. It is within the broader Blue Canyon Game Conservancy, offering an amazing game experience. Birding at Kaya Imbabala is of an exceptional standard, as the birds congregate at the various water pans within the land.
With well thought out bird hide facilities and amazing opportunities to see wildlife including lions, leopards, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and much more, this location truly delivers an exceptional experience for nature enthusiasts.
The Enthusiast Series Courses broadens your learning experience by exposing you to diverse landscapes, wildlife and scenarios, training you in a highly immersive way. We utilize every opportunity to allow you to develop and practice your skills in exciting and enjoyable situations. You will be taken under wing by expert guides, who will inspire and mentor you on your journey and prepare you to pass your Enthusiast examination with ease.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the fascinating worlds of arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals; learn safety and basic survival, navigation and tracking skills, and deepen your understanding of subjects including animal behavior, astronomy, botany, geology, weather, climate and ecology in your Enthusiast course, and further develop your expertise beyond.
At about 5:30 or 6:00 am (sunrise), you will have a quick breakfast, grab a cup of coffee and head out to the bush for morning of practical lessons or lectures focused on the week’s module, which may be anything from animal behavior to conversation management. When the midday heat kicks in, you will have some free time to relax, study or rest before the afternoon training session. You will return to base from your busy day to enjoy dinner and enjoy some down time sitting around the fire sharing the day’s experiences.
Before/After Your Course:
The course itself is a full time 2 week program, meaning there will be no free time to explore the area in that period. However, we would definitely encourage you to add some time either before or after completion of your course to experience and explore the attractions in the region.
Here’s a few we would recommend:
- Blyde River Canyon – boat trips, kloofing or camping
- Kruger National Park day trips or evening trips
- Panorama Route – one of the most beautiful spots in South Africa