Mountain guide courses  

  Accredited mountain guide qualifications and mountain leadership awards 

Venture Forth has been synonym with mountain guiding since 1994 we have been on the forefront of this industry in South Africa since our inception. No-one in Africa has trained and assessed more mountain guides than we have. Students travel from all over the world to attend our mountain guide courses and with good reason, we focus intensively on the student and their skill and career development. Our assessments are SA National Qualifications (CATHSSETA) and SA Mountaineering Development & Training Trust (MDT) accredited.

We offer a comprehensive mountain walking guide/leader training programme suitable for people wanting to obtain any of the following:


  • National Qualification as a Mountain Walking Guide (for legal registration), various levels available.

  • MDT Walking Group Leader Award

  • MDT Mountain Leader Award

  • MDT International Mountain Leader Award

We offer  training, assessment and career guidance for those wanting to become a full mountaineering guide.


  • National Qualification as a  Mountaineering Guide (for legal registration)

Training and assessment for those wanting to offer abseiling as an activity or work as a guide running commercial abseiling as an adventure tour:


  • National Qualification as a  Abseil Guide (for legal registration), 2 levels available.

  • MDT Abseil Supervisor Award

We offer a comprehensive range of canyoneering (kloofing) guide training and assessment programmes covering various levels and types of kloofing terrain suitable for guides and volunteer leaders.


  • National Qualification as a  Canyoneering Guide (for legal registration)

  • MDT Kloofing Leader Award

Various levels of training and assessment for those wanting to offer any type of rock climbing as an activity or work as a guide running commercial rock climbing adventure tours:


  • National Qualification as a  Single Pitch Rock Climbing Guide (for legal registration),

  • MDT Single Pitch Supervisor Award

  • MDT Multi Pitch Supervisor Award

Training and assessment for those wanting to operate a climbing wall or work at a climbing gym as safety supervisor.


  • MDT Climbing Wall Supervisor Award

“Hi Walther, thank you for the great mountain walking guide course. I certainly learned a lot. After so many years of mountain walking, this is what I needed at this stage of my life .In order to succeed with my life time dream of sharing the mountain, and taking people around to enjoy our beautiful country,I now feel comfortable and professional. I enjoyed your great tutoring and training skills...and your lovely sense of humour. You also have a good team of knowledgeable and passionate people, that one is comfortable with.”


                                                                                                                                                                                                Pietro Villa, Cape Town

Unit 3 Peter Park, c/o Montague Drive & Marconi Rd, Montague Gardens, 7441 Cape Town, South Africa


Hours: Weekdays 08:00 - 16:00

Phone: +27 21 555 3864

Mobile: +27 84 700 2867 (Guiding bookings)




Click here for MAP to our office


P O Box 60314 Table View 7439, Cape Town, ZA