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Ecotraining - What is a Safari Guide?

Date added: Thursday 30th March 2017

Imagine this...

You are paid to take people out into the wilds of Africa, to work outdoors and to be the ambassador of Africa’s wildlife!   Sitting around the warm flickering flames of a campfire each evening, savouring the smell of wood smoke, forming friendships with guests and guides alike. Your guests have great expectations of their brief interval in Africa’s wilderness. You hold in your hands the realisation of their dreams of Africa’s wild.

Field Guiding is about the genuine enjoyment of people and an honest appreciation of, and dedication to, all the many faces nature has to offer us.

It is indeed a privileged occupation!  www.ecotraining.co.za

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

A Safari Guide walks and drives guests into the game reserves to interpret, in a hands-on inspirational manner, the large and small elements of the wildlife around them.  All the while, a deep appreciation of nature and conservation is instilled in your guests.

You would be responsible for managing those encounters that cause the adrenalin to pump through your veins, with Africa’s big five on foot or in the vehicle, ensuring your guests enjoy a thrilling closeness to the game yet with the necessary caution taken.

WHY BECOME A SAFARI GUIDE?

Your office will be the African bushveld, your meetings will consist of encounters with animals. Your job description is an interesting one of many valuable roles!

A guide, teacher, friend, game warden, doctor, storyteller and sometimes even a cook for your guests, each day is never quite the same! And each day in the bush is a surprise as the interactions between animals provide unique experiences that both you and your guests learn from.   Add to this, getting to know interesting people from all over the globe keeps you tuned into the world at large.

SKILLS you will learn for LIFE!

Safari Guiding requires life skills, not just guiding skills.  Self development is a big PLUS as a Safari Guide.

Sensitivity - always be sensitive to the animals, the environment and to your guests.

Standards - continually strive to better oneself and your company.  You are the best ambassador for the ecotourism industry.  Don’t let a slip of standards spoil a guest’s experience.

Subtlety - a subtle and diplomatic approach is required at all times.  This approach allows you to deal with conflicts successfully and endears you to your guests which can result in referrals.

Sincerity - Be sincere in everything that you do.  Be true to yourself and maintain an honest approach.

Spirit - always be enthusiastic in everything you do.  Try new things with your guests.  Sleep outs in the bush or a late night safari.  Always go the extra mile to make their experience more meaningful and fun.

Selflessness – remember that your guests are paying for this experience so create the experience around the guest’s needs.  Always be punctual.

Strategy - always plan your safari route, your activities and what you hope to show your guests before you start your safari.  At the same time, embrace flexibility so that you can change plans if something exciting comes up.

Speech - speak slowly, clearly and without colloquialisms.  Always make good eye contact, so remove dark glasses before speaking to anyone.

Silence – break your game drives regularly, particularly at night, to allow your guests to sit in silence and  absorb the sounds of the bush.  Sitting quietly in their own thoughts during the drive will revive them.

If you feel you ready for this training experience and the career it can lead to, please get in touch www.ecotraining.co.za