James Bailey

James Bailey with guests on a walking safari in Makuleke, Kruger National Park

Bottom line: guiding is fun. You don’t meet many guests who aren’t excited and awed by what you’re experiencing every day. Their enthusiasm is infectious. © Chris Davies

Meet James

Previously having worked at the Zoological Society of London, Natural History Museum and Science Museum Group I travelled to Africa to follow my dream of becoming a safari guide. During my studies I blogged daily about my experience. I specialised as a trails guide and subsequently qualified as a FGASA accredited Lead Trails Guide. Fascinating Africa is a way of keeping my African dream alive that little bit longer.

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Find out more about the professional safari guide course which James did during his career break.

Posts by James

Safari skills – What’s in the bag?

Safari skills – What I learnt walking trails

Safari skills – Safari guide course: Packing technology

Safari skills – Choosing a safari guide course

Safari skills – Making the most of a gap year

Wildlife – What is biodiversity?

Wildlife – 14 egg-citing facts for Easter

News – Rangers, preparing for the worst – Video

Wildlife – Amazing mothers of the African savanna

Wildlife – The scaly and cute pangolin

Wildlife – St Valentine’s Day in the African savanna

Ranger stories – The magical wetlands of Makuleke

Wildlife – African animal photographs and fascinating facts

Safari skills – Whatever you do, don’t run: How to survive a walking safari – 10th September 2014.

Safari skills – Tracking tips from a safari guide – 21st August 2014

Safari skills – 15 things I learnt as a safari guide – 15th August 2014

Safari School – James kept a daily blog of his career break as a safari guide, it starts here and is tagged as Safari School