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Ulovane Environmental Training

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Let Ulovane Environmental Training assist you in achieving your guiding skills and qualifications in the most spectacular and unmatched experience available. We pride ourselves on offering outstanding courses with great success in creating knowledgeable, enthusiastic and ethical guides who are committed to conservation and who truly want to make a difference. Join the Ulovane team and learn what it takes to be an exceptional guide and committed conservationist. We have various course options for nature enthusiasts, career orientated school leavers and wildlife warriors.Disconnect with the madness and reconnect with Nature.

Why Choose Ulovane Environmental Training?

  • Our permanent staff are highly qualified trainers who are here to encourage and support you throughout your time with us. Every one of our trainers are FGASA assessors, which is of huge benefit to you the learner, as the same trainer is with you for the duration of your course. Sharing knowledge and skills with you that they have gained over the years, of guiding and training, is done with passion and dedication.
  • Click here to find out more about our trainer’s qualifications and experience.
  • Our team’s flexibility and interest according to personal development and career path are what sets us apart because we take a personal interest in each individual student. We are here to assist you in achieving your goals and becoming successful in your life.
  • We are very proud of our training facility on the 350 hectares Ulovane Reserve in the heart of the Eastern Cape. We believe it is one of the leading training facilities in South Africa. Ulovane campus offers our students a comfortable lodge-like environment to ensure the students are in the perfect environment to concentrate on their studies. Our camp is green; we not only preach the concept of energy-saving, but we truly live it and make everyone aware that we must change our lifestyle to save our beautiful planet.
  • Our campus is in a remote area and access to outsiders is limited. Our small groups and big campus allow you to be able to enjoy your own spaces.
  • We do not move from property to property during our courses, but rather remain operating on the Amakhala Game reserve so that the learner has sufficient time to learn the reserve inside out. This ensures that when it comes to assessment time, the students know the reserve and have the confidence to provide an exceptional guided experience to their guests.
  • Due to the diversity of courses on offer at Ulovane, once you start with us, you are provided with opportunities to gain qualifications that suit your interests.
  • We believe that to become a successful guide one needs to be a successful leader and therefore focus on developing personal traits needed to develop leaders. Punctuality, responsibility, accountability, forward planning, and taking control of situations are some of the key areas that we focus on which will ensure you become successful in life, no matter what you decide to do afterward.
  • Our unique Assessment Process is designed to give you the best opportunities to be fully competent in all the aspects of guiding. We are one of the few, if not the only training provider that gives the opportunity to the students to have real guests for their game drive assessments.
  • Amakhala Game Reserve and surroundings provide the students with extensive exposure and experience with the big 5 as well as Cheetah, ensuring a diverse experience.
  • Once you begin your career in the Ecotourism industry, we will continue to be of support, as once you embark on your journey with us, you forever remain part of the Ulovane family.

Course Information

At Ulovane Environmental Training we pride ourselves on offering outstanding courses with great success in creating knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and ethical guides who are committed to conservation and who genuinely want to make a difference.

Our courses and experiences are aimed at all Future exceptional Field Guides, Nature Enthusiasts, Conservationists, and Wildlife Warriors. If you have a passion for nature and want to learn more, we have a diverse number of experiences that will suit your needs


These Career Orientated courses can ensure you an excellent start to your career in the Lodge and Guiding Industry. Ulovane Environmental Training can help you achieve your guiding skills and qualifications in the most spectacular and unmatched experience available. These professional skills and recognized qualifications will open the doors to your guiding career anywhere in Africa.

This could be an amazing opportunity for those of you, that want to experience behind the scenes, but not necessarily do the qualification. Come experience the life of a trainee Field Guide, game drives, bush walks, lunch with elephants, magic sunrises, and breathtaking sunsets!

Comprehensive 1 Year Guide Course:

This option is one of the most beneficial and applicable choices to make for the individual who has chosen a future career in the tourism and guiding industry. You, the learner, will be immersed into 6 months of structured and focused learning of Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2), Apprentice Trails Guide, and Marine Guide skills courses. The courses are focused on coaching and developing the learner with the necessary guiding skills to be competent to enter the guiding industry at an introductory level. Upon successful completion of all three skills courses, Ulovane assists in the placement of the learner into the guiding industry for 6-months practical work experience. This opportunity provides a significant advantage to your career, allowing you to learn from mentors who have been in the workplace for many years. Making mistakes, finding your own personal guiding style, and learning from experienced leaders will allow you to practically apply all you have learned at Ulovane.

Versatile 6 Month Guide Course:

Is a career in the tourism industry what you have chosen to do with your life? If you said yes, then you are looking at the right course!

This structured and focused 6-month journey will have you, the learner, immersed into 6 months of structured and focused learning of Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2), Apprentice Trails Guide, and Marine Guide skills courses.

The approach we take to all our career-orientated courses is outcome-based, with the courses focused on coaching and developing the learner with the necessary guiding skills to be competent to enter the guiding industry at an introductory level.

Each week the courses are structured on a specific set of outcomes and subjects which are evaluated at the end of the week. The layout of the courses is carefully adapted according to the necessary development of the learner.

Essential 17 Week Guide Course:

The Essential Guide Course has been developed to suit the needs of anyone who has a desire to work in the tourism industry either as an Apprentice Field or Apprentice Trails Guide.

Over a period of 17 weeks, you, the learner, will be immersed in the structured and focused learning of the knowledge and skills required to enter the guiding industry as an Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2) and an Apprentice Trails Guide.

The Foundation 10 Week Guide Course:

This 10 – week Apprentice Field Guide qualification is the foundation of our Career Orientated courses. Our Foundation Guide Course focuses on coaching and developing you, the learner, with the necessary guiding skills to be competent to enter the guiding industry at an introductory level. Each week focuses on a specific set of outcomes and subjects which are evaluated at the end of each week.

Connect Online & Onsite 15 Week Guide Course:

The Connect Online & Onsite 15 week Apprentice Field Guide course creates a unique opportunity to develop your Career Orientated qualification with more flexible hours by conducting your theoretical training at home followed by concentrated and focused practical training at our Ulovane campus to prepare you for your final practical and theoretical evaluations.

The online portion of this FGASA accredited course is operated through the Ulovane E-Learning Portal.

Apprentice Trails Guide 7 Week Course:

The 7-week Apprentice Trails Guide qualification is designed for you, the guide, who is exceptionally tuned into nature with above-average alertness in the bush. Being a Trails Guide who conducts walking safaris must not be taken lightly. It is important that you understand the level of maturity and responsibility that comes with the job title. Dealing with upset and dangerous African animals, while being responsible for an inexperienced group of people is not for the faint-hearted.

Marine Guide 4 Week Course:

This 4-week course introduces you, the learner, to the coastal marine environment. The course is designed for learners who have already achieved the Apprentice Field Guide qualification, who wish to now specialise in the Marine Environment. The course is undertaken along the beautiful sunshine coast situated in the Eastern Cape. This is an area rich in marine species diversity and boasts the largest dune fields in South Africa. In addition, it is one of the best whale-watching locations in the world. The marine environment is the most important ecosystem on earth and the more you know, the more you will come to understand this.

Regional Bird Guide 21 Day Course:

The candidate must have a minimum of a Field Guide Skills Program to qualify for the course.

This 3-week FGASA Bird Guide course is aimed at you the existing guide who is aspiring to achieve exceptional knowledge and understanding of birds. We aim to unfold the fascinating life of birds by discovering a whole new world that opens up to birds as a result of flight, the power of song, and the diverse adaptations which made birds so successful.


Are you passionate about the natural environment, and have a hunger to learn more about all it encompasses? Tired of the hustle and bustle of city living, looking for wide-open spaces, ready for a sabbatical from your current career, well then read on, one of these two options could be the change you are looking for!

Learn what it takes to become a safari guide, experience behind the scenes adventures, gain new and exciting knowledge and skills. Let us ignite a passion for conservation and wildlife within you!

10 Week Online Nature Enthusiast Certificate:

This online FGASA accredited course is operated through the Ulovane E-Learning Portal.

Environmental Explorers Experience:

If a versatile, practical, and exciting behind the scenes experience in nature is what you are after, then you are looking at the right option.
Over a four-week period, immersion into the life of Field, Trails, Marine, and Bird guiding, will allow you to get a real feel for the experiences these careers entail. Find out more about what it takes to become a Safari Guide.

This holistic experience is a perfect balance and blend of learning activities that allow you to sample environmental training in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

Observe a wide array of wildlife whilst training with local and international students in engrossing field-based activities with expert trainers, in a range of both pristine beach and bush habitats.

About Ulovane

The Ulovane Mission is to develop exceptional Field, Trails, Marine and Bird Guides who are committed to the Conservation and Eco-Tourism industries in Africa. We offer dedicated, professional and Career-orientated training with the development of you the learner as the priority. Our attention to detail and personal, hands-on approach ensures the success of our learners.

Ulovane Environmental Training has been developing and supporting the guiding industry with highly competent professional and knowledgeable Guides since 2005. The Directors of the Company, Schalk and Candice Pretorius believe passionately that all their learners must leave Ulovane with an amazing, exciting, and satisfying learning experience. Most importantly they hope their passion and respect for the African bush and its wildlife is ignited.

By providing exceptional guides for the Eco-Tourism industry, the Ulovane Team hopes to increase the ethics, professionalism, and excellence of guides to ensure guests receive a life-changing guided experience. It is important for us to encourage you the learner, not only to be exceptional guides, but also exceptional earth ambassadors and good people. We take a personal interest in each and every student and enjoy sharing our passion and dedication with you.

The Ulovane Team is dedicated to the ongoing development of ethical, knowledgeable, and passionate guides for the guiding industry.

Click here to Meet the Team.

Amakhala Game Reserve and Ulovane Reserve

Our operating reserve, the 8605-hectare Amakhala Game Reserve, and surrounding areas are set in the country’s most interesting and diverse biome, the evergreen Albany Thicket. The Albany Thicket is characterized by rolling coastal dune formations, deep river valleys, and large quartzite ridges giving rise to a diversity of different habitats resulting in the amazing diversity of fauna and flora including the Big 5, cheetah and hyenas. Receiving all year rainfall and being at such a low altitude, the area is productive all year round with food and water being available for all the resident and visiting animals even during winter. Click here to find out more about the beautiful Amakhala Game Reserve.

The Ulovane campus is situated on its own reserve sharing borders with Amakhala and Kwantu Game Reserves. The Ulovane Reserve is a conservation area focusing strongly on vegetation management and on re-establishing populations of Cape Mountain Zebra and smaller mammals like the Blue Duiker populations for the area. There are no large potentially dangerous animals on Ulovane Reserve which gives our students the freedom to explore the area’s beauty or go for a run safely. Ulovane camp has the most stunning 180-degree view of Amakhala Game Reserve and the position of the camp allows you to see the herds of antelope roaming the plains below. Click here to find out more about the campus facilities and our location.

Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA)

Ulovane Environmental Training is an accredited training and assessment provider under the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). Our facilitators have the up to date FGASA, *CATHSSETA and *ETQA qualifications to provide your training needs. We have built up a great relationship and reputation with FGASA for twenty years and they can be contacted for a reference at any time.

*CATHSSETA – the Culture Art Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority established under the Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998) [the Skills Act] for the Tourism, Hospitality, and Sports Economic Sector.

* ETQA – Education and Training Quality Assurance