August 15, 2020
Traits to Look for in a Safari Guide Before Going on Adventure

Are you planning to go on a safari tour on your next big vacation?

Safaris can be a lot of fun, and seeing wildlife up close is an experience you’ll never forget. Unfortunately, not all safaris are created equally. To make sure you have an excellent safari experience, you need to make sure you book the right safari guide.

But, how do you know which guide to book?

Check out this article to discover what to look for in a safari tour before going on your adventure.

1. Book an Ethical Company

When choosing a safari company, one of your top concerns should be choosing an ethical company.

What do we mean when we say ethical?

To find out if a safari company is ethical, you should look online to see what other people have said in reviews about how they treat their workers. Additionally, you should look to see what other people have had to say about how they leave their campsite behind as well as what animal conservation methods the company employs.

Does the company operate responsibly and respect the animals, or do they get too close to them?

2. The Guides’ Skills

When choosing a safari company, one very important thing you want to inquire about is how the company trains its guides.

When it comes to spotting wildlife, the guide is perhaps the most important factor. Same goes for safety. Ideally, the guides will have graduated from some type of wildlife college and will have received extensive training on leading safari tours.

3. Check Online Reviews

Online reviews will be your best friend when it comes to choosing the right safari company for your needs.

You can typically find online reviews on Google My Business and Yelp. Additionally, you can reach out to specific companies for reviews and testimonials.

It’s also a good idea to look into whether or not the safari company has any certificates or awards to verify their level of quality, such as a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

4. Keep Comfort in Mind

Comfort may be the farthest thing from your mind when booking a safari tour. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re going to be spending either a half-day or full-day under the beating heat of the African sun.

Therefore, you should ask the safari what kind of vehicle you’ll be taking and whether or not it’s air-conditioned. You should also ask how large the group sizes are as you’ll want to be able to move around comfortably within the vehicle. Also, the fewer people on the trip, the better spot you’ll get for shooting photos of wildlife.

Are You Ready for Your Safari Tour?

Now that you’ve read this article, you should be better prepared for your safari tour.

Comment below if you have any questions about choosing the right safari company. And, be sure to check out the different safari tours we offer throughout Africa.

About author

MD and Co-Founder. Born in Zimbabwe, Robin has a long history in Africa, and safaris in general, from running lodges to marketing. He is always on the look out for new ideas and products from around the safari world.

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