Anti-Poaching Hero – Gaven Holden-Smith

Always on Standby

The story of Gaven Holden-Smith is nothing short of incredible. Shunned as a “boerseun” who could never make it in this industry, the young Gaven was determined to prove his doubters wrong and follow his passion. With no funds available and still grieving the passing of his father and subsequent loss of the family farm, Gaven sold disused farming equipment until he had raised enough money to join our Ranger Training Program at Mabula Game Reserve in the year 2000.

Mabula Ranger Days

Gaven passed his guide training course and went on into the Field Guiding sector, working at various Big 5 Game Reserves in Limpopo, North-West and the Greater Kruger National Park...

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Welcome to LFGA – Jason van Zyl

Trails Guide

Jason Van Zyl has joined our team at LFGA and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome him and give our readers a bit of background on our newest trainer.

Jason was raised on the grassy plains of the Free State, South Africa and always had a yearning for wide open spaces. He dabbled with a few different career choices after school, before enrolling at LFGA as a FGASA student in 2006.

Guiding days

Jason excelled on course and quickly got placed on a Big 5 Game Reserve in the Waterberg, Limpopo. Initially involved with the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project as an intern, Jason yearned to use his new-found guiding skills and soon moved over to the Wildlife Services team as a field guide. Again he did very well and was soon promoted through the ranks.

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Student Diary – Amy Andree, Week 8

The result of hard work!

Our intrepid young blogger and Apprentice Field Guide, Amy, writes about her final week at Limpopo Field Guiding Academy and summarises the entire experience of training to be a Field Guide in Africa.


Week 8: As the hot African sun disappeared beyond the horizon and the clouds changed from yellow, orange to pink, the sky darkened and the stars begin to show their glittery light. All the while, I reflected on my time here in the bush. Taking this course has been the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life.

Final Sunset

Before coming to Limpopo Field Guiding Academy I thought I knew a lot about animals but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The knowledge I gained over the past two months has been invaluable...

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Student Diary – Amy Andree, Week 7


The zookeeper from Wisconsin is in her penultimate week at Limpopo Field Guiding Academy and Week 7 did not disappoint! Follow Amy’s adventures as she and the Phase 2 group enjoy Birding with Janesta and get ready for the big FGASA Practical evaluation coming up!

Lions in Camp ….again!

Week 7: Lions jolted me awake several times this week as the bone-chilling intensity of their roar vibrated my nerves and tent as they slowly made their way closer and closer to our camp. Each morning we woke up to cape turtle doves singing, saw lion tracks by our tents and headed out into the bush identifying different bird species and their calls.


Janesta, a respected instructor and author of Pathfinder accompanied us this week for birding...

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