Mark Stavrakis first established the Nature Immersion Method © (NIM) of training in 1998. This methodology was fully implemented when he established Limpopo Field Guiding Academy in 2003 resulting in LFGA being recognised as one of Southern Africa’s leading Field Guiding Training Providers.
LFGA’s training facility is located at Tau Camp on the Mongena Game Reserve. The reserve is home to the Big 5, is Malaria Free and a mere 90 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport. The reclaimed wilderness attests to sound conservation principles and is in a transitional zone between biomes, offering some of the highest biodiversity in the country.
All the trainers exceed the minimum qualification requirements as established by Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). Their skills combined with their passion and enthusiasm ensures you the best attention as you are guided through your course.
There are 14 different course options with 9 different start date options. The variety of courses means that there are options to accommodate time and budget constraint where applicable. National course qualifications are endorsed by FGASA, AFGA as well as CyberTracker, the global tracker evaluation system.
The FGASA endorsed 2 month course carries the National Qualification (NQF2) by CATHSSETA (Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority) – that is the NQ for tourist guides in South Africa.
LFGA’s graduates are recognised as being comprehensively prepared for entry into the field guiding realm and are highly sought after in the industry. Job placements, internships and exciting careers await our successful students.
The Nature Immersion Method ©
The unfenced tented camp is well suited to this training methodology and makes de-wiring and unplugging an obvious choice, allowing nature to play a significant role in shaping and influencing course participants.
This is a key component to enabling guides to interpret their environment so that they can fulfil the role of link between nature and their guests.
LFGA issues course certification on successful completion of the Birding, Tracking and Dangerous Game modules. LFGA has built up a reputation for affordable quality over the last 15 years by adding value to the courses on offer as opposed to discounting.
The network of past students continues to grow year after year with continued support from the LFGA team. Well established forums with shared information and experiences attest to the slogan “Once a Limpopo Guide, always a Limpopo Guide!”
The LFGA team are aware of the challenges that face foreign nationals when applying for student visas and LFGA is well prepared to assist in the process by providing supporting letters, advice and internship leads as part of our service. Please note that a general tourist visa of 3 months will cover any of the courses but will not be suitable where an internship is required.