The Wilderness Leadership School has provided training for scores of community guides over the years. Each trail we run, directly contributes to community trails and bursaries for under privileged students to attend our three month, residential FGASA accredited guide training program.

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Each training course, we get more and more truly remarkable applications for bursary students. These are young people with a passion for nature and the environment, people looking for an opportunity to up-skill themselves and get into a career in tourism and conservation. And we would love to be able to support and work with each of them.

This is where we need your help. For just a small contribution from past trailists and supporters of our work, collectively we can extend our bursary intake for our next training course by two to three people. This may not sound like a lot, but to these individuals, it’s a chance to change their lives and see opportunity for their futures. It’s chance to change the trajectory of someone’s life. A chance to help create the next generation of trail guides, environmental educators and passionate conservationists.

Our training course is a full three months and leaves students qualified to work as nature guides in South Africa. The course is fully accredited by CATHSETA and the Wilderness Leadership School is an approved FGASA training provider, ensuring quality of training at the highest standard. To date, we have a 100% pass rate and 70% of our students find employment within 6 months of the course. Some have gone on to do incredible work and activate local environmental programs in their communities. At the end of the day, it’s all about the core of our work, providing people with a direct experience of nature and developing the environmental leadership of tomorrow.

All contributions towards our guide training bursary scheme are ring fenced and directly support the following:

  • Accommodation and meals for bursary students on training
  • Equipment, binoculars and field guides
  • Travel and accommodation for their practical field training sessions, first aid and leave no trace wilderness training
  • Final assessment and exam fees
  • Life skills training, business planning and post training support and mentorship

Each student we can offer a bursary to will be reported on individually and all finances are audited. As a registered public benefit organization, we can also supply Section 18A tax certificates for any donations over R1000 towards this program, effectively making your contribution tax deductible. All contributions will be acknowledged on our website & social media (unless anonymity requested) - if you would like to partner with is on this project at a corporate / CSI level, please contact us to discuss options and possible co-branding opportunities.

To contribute to our guide training bursary program, donations can be made via instant EFT or credit card by simply clicking the donate button below. All payments are 100% secure and processed by Payfast.

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Or Donate Via PayPal By Clicking the "donate" button below

Alternatively, you can make direct EFT deposits to the following account (NB: Please include your name and “bursary” as a reference)



First National Bank (South Africa)

Name of account:

Wilderness Leadership School Trust

Account no.:

5088 203 9339


Branch code:

22 35 26  (Westville Branch)

Thank You To Our Generous Supporters

The following people and organisations have generously supported our bursary fund

  • The Foundation For Natural Leadership
  • Anne Armstrong
  • Nynke Doorenbos
  • Durban Green Corridors
  • African Conservation Trust
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