Whilst most people travel to Africa to see it's incredible wildlife, it is your guide that brings these fantastic encounters to life. In the modern era guides need qualifications, and quite rightly so, but experience and being brought up with these wild animals in your back garden counts for an awful lot and if you can combine the two, then you have the recipe for excellence.
Zimbabwe, in particular, is famous for the rigours of its guide training programme and the successful ones who pass out of their regime are considered some of the best in Africa. There is even a fraternity within the guiding community, and it is nearly 100% male dominated, that are considered specialist guides that command an enormous fee for their services to those that can afford this, and there are many.
Whilst these guides have captured their market we at Kingfisher Safaris support the work of the less championed guide and the local people that are passionate about their wildlife heritage and want to preserve it for generations to come and work tirelessly to aid their clients to experience 'their' Africa.
Our own professional guides in Botswana, Pilot Manga & Tumelo Charles, were both brought up in the Okavango region of Botswana with daily encounters of wildlife that would frighten the life out of you and me. This experience has shaped their lives and moved them to become involved in taking safari goers into the heart of this wild territory to experience for themselves the encounters that framed their childhood.
Your guide can make or break your safari no matter how luxurious your accommodation so it can really make the difference if you have one guide travelling with you throughout your stay.
Let Pilot Guide you in Botswana on a Mobile Tented Safari or join you as your private guide during your luxury safari wherever you stay, it will make all the difference.
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Martin Smith, Managing Director, Bush Pilot, Lodge General Manager and Travel Agent