What’s a guiding internship like?

What’s a guiding internship like?

I’m currently almost at the end of my guiding internship, eagerly awaiting the start of my first ‘proper’ guiding job in just a few weeks time. Over the last few months I’ve learnt about all aspects of lodge life, from housekeeping and service to maintenance and, of...
Safari School

Safari School

I am often asked, what exactly is involved in training to become a Field Guide? Well, first of all we don’t go to a ‘proper’ school – our lecture hall is the bush itself! We sleep, eat and learn in the bush, 24 hours a day, for a minimum of 55 days. A typical...
A brush with wild dogs

A brush with wild dogs

It is almost a joke amongst my safari-going friends that I still haven’t seen wild dog, after ten years of visiting South Africa and every time being desperate to spot them. These beautiful animals are officially endangered due to decades of hunting and persecution in...
The journey so far

The journey so far

In July 2017, I finally fulfilled a decade-long dream to begin training as a Safari Guide (also known as a Field Guide) with Ecotraining in South Africa. For nearly five months I studied hard – living and learning in the bush itself – and finally qualified...