Professional Safari Guide 2

The tourism industry offers a very special career path to interested people – safari guiding. Guides from an essential part of the team in the lodges and camps as they are the qualified specialists to take the tourists on game drives, mokoro excursions and bush walks.
In this course you learn all about wildlife, animal behaviour, guiding and bush skills to pass the guiding exam with the Department of Wildlife. Other topics include an overview and introduction to geology, pertaining laws as well as food and beverage service. After completion of this course, you are well prepared to start your career as a professional guide in a lodge, camp or tour operator.


  1. Environmental Management
  2. Principles of Guiding
  3. Policies and Minimum Standards of Guiding
  4. Laws pertaining to the Safari Industry
  5. Bush Walks
  6. Introduction to Geology
  7. Ecology
  8. Botany
  9. Herbaceous Plants
  10. Invertebrates
  11. Vertebrates
  12. Reptiles
  13. Pisces
  14. Birds
  15. Mammals
  16. Geography of Botswana
  17. The climate of Southern Africa
  18. Introduction to Photography
  19. Introduction to F&B Service and Sales
  20. Computer Awareness
  21. First Aid
  22. HIV / AIDS Awareness

Duration: 6 Months
Admission Requirements: Cambridge Certificate (BGCSE) / Form 5 and a valid driving license.
Recommended Books for this course:

  • The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals (Richard Estes) or
  • The Safari Companion (Richard Estes) or
  • Beat about the Bush Mammals (Trevor Carnaby) or
  • Signs of the Wild (Clive Walker)
  • Beat about the Bush Birds (Trevor Carnaby)
  • A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs (Chris & Mathilde Stuart)
  • Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa (Sasol or Roberts or Newman’s)
  • Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa (Stuart or Smither’s)
  • A Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Struik)
  • Common Wildflowers of the Okavango Delta (Shell Series)
  • Trees & Shrubs of the Okavango (Shell Series
  • Flowers, Water Plants and Grasses of the Okavango & Kalahari (Did you know series)
  • A Field Guide to Reptiles (Marais & Alexander)
  • A Field Guide to Insects (Struik)
  • A Field Guide to Snakes (Snakes)
  • Wildlife Conservation & National Parks Chapter 38:01