A Wilderness Guide leads customers, mostly tourists and adventure travellers, safely and expertly on foot into and through the African wilderness.
Physically and mentally strong people, who know the wild and wild animals, preferably from rural areas with human wildlife conflicts (elephant, lion etc), who are seeking for a professional career in Namibian wildlife conservation, or who want to significantly improve their career opportunities in the tourism and wildlife sector.
The training consist of six major subjects:
1) Generally, the Wilderness Guide is primarily responsible for the safety and health of his clients, so responsible for their protection. For this purpose, the guide must have an excellent local knowledge and must be trained in wilderness survival, including basic first aid, as well as in the defense against all kinds of threats and attacks.
2) The Wilderness Guide is an expert in natural history, zoology, botany and geology, to help clients understand the secrets of African nature.
3) The Wilderness guide must be able to accommodate the customers in a self-erected tented camp and provide them with food and comfort.
4) The Wilderness Guide is designed to provide its customers with a reasonable level of adventure and challenge, and to provide them with an idea about life in the African bush.
5) The Wilderness Guide is a tracker and assistant hunting guide further specialized in localiszing, spotting and tracking wild animals for and with the client. The client can be wildlife researchers, hunters as well as photo tourists.
Wild animals have to be identified by the tracker very accurately according to sex, gender and age. This is especially important where the tracker has to identify an old, male animal for the hunter in the context of selective ecologically controlled trophy hunting.
Finally, while using different tactics, the tracker must guide the customer so close to the wild animals that accurate observations are possible. The photo hunter can use this opportunity to take excellent photos, while a hunting customer can make a clean shot.
In the context of controlled and ecologically sound hunting, the Wilderness Guide must also be familiar with any work from the recovery of the killed animal and its further processing.
6) The Wilderness Guide also requires general knowledge of wildlife research methods, e.g. game counts and bio diversity studies.
All of these skills are highly sought after in all fields of conservation and sustainable use of wildlife. Qualification as a tracker can therefore help the graduate greatly in his/her professional career.
We offer three degrees in the Wilderness Guide courses:
3rd Class Wilderness Guide
2nd Class Wilderness Guide
1st Class Wilderness Guide