Build your own career in nature... Or take a Gap Year...
Cederberg Wilderness Academy was born from a passion for nature and conservation and a commitment towards education.
We firmly believe that incomparable quality nature guide training can make a unique contribution to the eco-tourism industry of South Africa.
Cederberg Wilderness Academy is situated in the Northern Cederberg, a mere 3 hours from Cape Town, surrounded with pristine Fynbos, unique succulents, timeless sandstone rock formations and spectacular ancient rock art. Studies take place in a clean and safe environment where the mind is in perfect harmony with the character of nature.
At Cederberg Wilderness Academy we "strive for excellence and leave a lasting impression".
The course is designed for any person that is passionate about nature and would like to find his or her way in the tourism industry. It focuses on knowledge of all the natural aspects of the environment, from basic geology, astronomy and climatology to the study of plants and animals, their behaviour and where they fit into the ecosystem.
It also includes several workshops that are related to the tourism industry, such as First Aid, photography, 4x4 driving, bush cooking skills, and hospitality. Students also prepare themselves for 5 Star service, develop a mind set of presentability, customer care and learn how to fulfil customer needs.
This course is an absolute "must" for anyone of any age, who would like to make a contribution to conservation, no matter how small, by bringing people and nature together.
Cederberg Wilderness Academy has included several additional courses and workshops to enhance guiding skills in order to deliver better customer service. A basic first aid course is included as it is a requirement for the registration with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to operate as a legal tour guide in South Africa. Cederberg Wilderness Academy also included a photography workshop presented by a professional photographer.
Further more, we do 4x4 driving skills, hospitality, wine tasting, marketing skills, business and financial planning, basic game reserve management as well as lodge skills.
An extensive education on birding, animal behaviour, botany, ecology, geology, cultural heritage, animal tracking, astronomy, insects, arachnids and mammals is presented throughout the course.
The course will start on 1 September and end on 31 November 2015. Students will be expected at the Cederberg Wilderness Academy on 1 September 2015 between 14:00 and 17:00, and orientation will begin on 2 September 2015 at 8:00.
Cost Breakdown for Course 1 September - 31 November 2015:
The cost includes the NQF L2 course, all the short courses (First Aid, Photography, etc), accommodation, 3 meals per day, and short trips in and around the Cederberg and surrounding areas, as well as a mammal book, tree book and bird guide. A Cederberg Wilderness Academy uniform and name tag will also be provided to the students.