Raising professional standards.

Our work is bespoke and purposefully tailored to your needs. We are committed to, and pride ourselves in, high standards - Our clients benefit from our work and their references reflect this. We offer:​  

  • quality skills development workshops for teams serious in building their skills and experience.

  • trails guide mentorship that includes logging encounters in a manner that focuses on developing real experience.

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

  • CATHSSETTA and FGASA accredited guide assessments.

 

We have a passion for growing people and our  multifaceted backgrounds allow us to do this well. Lutz Otto, our founding director, understands the process of learning, what drives people, has lead numerous major training conferences and is a qualified, registered, assessor. Many teams and individuals have worked with him, and he is proud of their continual strive towards personal excellence.

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.  

 

  • 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 on many levels different to the training construct.

  • mentorship plays a crucial part throughout our growth and qualification curves - Who you work with is very important in helping you become the best you can be.

  • leading trails is different to vehicle based guiding. It requires the development of additional skills; the experience is gained differently and it requires a different mindset.

 

  • until properly tested, under stress, in a real situation,  guides can be blase' about the associated responsibilities.  This is particularly apparent early in the trails journey or when guides have low exposure to "real walking".  This perspective changes, and 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.  Contextually this means that guides may have only gained 2 years of experience in 6 years of exposure.

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

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

Training walking safari guides in the Kruger National Park
Training walking safari guides in Dinokeng
Training walking safari guides about dangerous game behaviour
Training walking safari guides

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