Raising professional standards.

 

We have a passion for growing people and our  multifaceted backgrounds allow us to do this well. We are committed to high standards and our client references reflect this. 

We are a FGASA accredited specialist training provider.

 

Within the conservation and guiding industries we offer:​ 

 

  • trails guide mentorship [accredited] that includes logging hours and encounters, working in remote areas, wilderness experience, bush craft, leaving-no-trace and conservation. Choose between backpacking safaris, from a trails camp or as sleep outs with watch.

  • wilderness backpacking mentorship that includes preparation, planning, skill, principles and ethics.

  • working safely in areas with potentially dangerous wildlife workshop.  Combining theory and practical, we build capability. 

  • introduction to conservation practice and challenges workshop.

  • guiding skill development workshops for teams building their capability.

  • FGASA and CATHSSETA accredited guide assessments

Lutz Otto, our founding director, understands the process of learning. He is a highly experienced facilitator, coach and a registered assessor. Across various disciplines, he has worked with teams and individuals for a large chunk of his professional life.

Walking/ trails guides.

 

Guiding is a profession and it should be dealt with as such.  Particularly with regards leading walking safaris, we cannot reiterate enough that there should be no short-cut to gaining experience. Within this context:

 

  • passing the initial trails guide examinations sets the base platform to start of the journey towards building capability [knowledge + skill] and experience [capability and experience are not the same].

  • newly qualified back-up guides enter a very important apprenticeship period prior their been assessed for the full qualification.  

  • ​you should spend time walking in different environments, with different lead guides and in different situations. 

  • walking with clients, is different on many levels, to training constructs.

  • mentorship plays a crucial part in professional growth - Who you work with is very important in your development.

  • leading trails is different to vehicle based guiding. It requires additional skills, different exposure and a different mindset.

  • until properly tested, under stress, in a real situation,  guides can be blase' about the associated responsibilities.  A deeper respect builds, when the environment has uncomfortably challenged us.

  • time in exposure does not necessarily equate to an equal amount of experience - Experience is an outcome of a conscious facilitation process.  6 years of exposure could equal 2 years of experience.

  • there is a marked difference between undertaking short walks with close at hand lodge support versus been comfortable in multi-day unassisted wilderness experiences.  

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Aspirant trails guides will find value in this article written by our founding director.  Published by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa.

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