A Wildlife Career

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. 

A safari guide career in Africa... never a dull moment at work

A safari guide career in Africa... never a dull moment at work

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.  In doing this, a deep appreciation of nature and conservation is instilled in your guests.

You would be responsible for managing those encounters that cause the adrenaline 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. 

Guiding safari guests involves some adrenaline with a good dose of sensitivity to the animal
(Photo by Julia Wheeler)

Guiding safari guests involves some adrenaline with a good dose of sensitivity to the animal

SKILLS you will learn for LIFE!

Safari Guiding as a career requires life skills, not just guiding skills. Development of oneself socially and emotionally occurs naturally from the training through to working 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. 

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. 

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 like 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. 

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

A safari guide tracking and trailing game with guests

A safari guide tracking and trailing game with guests

​Imagine this...

You are paid to work outdoors, to take people out into the wilds of Africa 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.

A field guiding career is about the genuine enjoyment of people and an appreciation of and dedication to, all the many faces nature has to offer us.  It is indeed a privileged occupation! 

If the above doesn’t inspire you to want to learn what it takes to be a Safari Guide, then… watch some videos on the EcoTraining Youtube channel. You will be hooked!