What would a safari be without an experienced field guide or tracker leading you right to the action and providing insightful commentary?
Many of our guides have been trained at our own college, based at our Marataba South Africa private concession, which offers FGASA-accredited training.
NJ MORE produces field guides of an exceptional caliber, with all courses – Career, Professional, Starter, and Adventure – giving them the opportunity to attain their FGASA Level 1 certificate. FGASA sets high standards in the industry, and their qualifications are recognised across Africa and in the USA, UK, and UAE. Graduates then have the option of entry into a more advanced course or an internship at one of MORE’s luxury safari lodges, setting them on the right track to a guiding career.
The founding of NJ MORE Field Guide College was inspired by passionate conservationist Nick John More (1967–2013). It fulfils his wish to continue the legacy of nature ambassadors, dedicated to protecting our environment and wildlife, and to share their love and knowledge of the world’s last wild places. Therefore, NJM students are chosen for their genuine and palpable passion for the bush, and their ability to inspire this in others from around the world.
A reverence for the environment informs teaching of how safaris are to be conducted. NJ MORE’s guiding culture is to never cause undue stress to the animals, and to have a balanced approach to human presence and ecosystem health. Students have a clear demonstration of this commitment being based at Marataba South Africa within Marakele National Park. A true ‘place of sanctuary’, as its Tswana name suggests, including for a healthy black rhino population.
Students stay in a scenic camp on the concession, where they are comfortably accommodated in two-sleeper tent suites. These are electrified, and each has a twin-bed set, personal cupboards, en-suite bathroom, and shaded study deck. The camp also offers Internet access and has cellphone reception in the main camp area – which includes a leisure room with a fully-stocked library, PC, and games equipment. Our college aims to ensure all students feel at home away from home.