Life skills gained as a guide

30th May 2015

Safari guide students around the camp fire

Inspired by nature, inspiring others

The supplier of our professional safari guide course writes that safari guides are so inspired by nature, they can’t help inspiring others.

Before we get to the skill set below, it is incredible to realise that the impact of a guide is significant as they are messengers to a global audience.

In experiencing a Safari Guide course or to work as a Safari Guide… you will ask yourself:

  • What lessons can I learn and share in the interests of people and our environment?
  • What is the right thing to do to sustain the world’s natural habitats?
  • How can I encourage people to play a responsible role in this world through my guiding and communication with my guests?

Some of the “S” skills learnt for safari guiding and for life

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.

Get involved

Read part one of this three part series: Why become a safari guide?

It is through those delicate, sensory and beautiful moments on courses in our camps in the African wilderness that you can learn these skills.

Begin this dream wildlife challenge. Enrol on one of our three remaining courses in 2015:
2 August 2015
1 September 2015
2 October 2015

Check out the professional safari guide course particulars here or email hello@fascinatingafrica.com for more information.

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