The Importance of a Local Safari Guide

by Lara Behrens
9th February 2015

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When you adventure into amazing, wild and exhilarating Africa, there is one thing you must have – an experienced friend, to safely guide you on the best ways to enjoy the adventure of your lifetime.

Unlike other holidays that can be enjoyed independently or with an escort from your home country, a safari holiday requires an expert local guide who has inherent knowledge of African flora and fauna learned through a lifetime of experience.

To be employed by a reputable safari camp or tour company, guides must have exceptional knowledge and have met a strict set of qualifications through study and experience. They have intimate knowledge of the terrain and wildlife behaviour in their local park(s), and will know exactly what signs to look for while on game viewing activities. These guides spot such concealed animals that even the most observant foreigners are left stunned!

More than leaders, spotters, and wildlife experts, safari guides are diplomats – true ambassadors who can't wait to share their country's treasures with you. They offer guests an insight into their way of life and their culture which makes for a much more rewarding safari experience. Supporting local guides also ensures your holiday will more directly benefit the local community who will often rely on tourism for their economic wellbeing.

Bench Africa is offering a selection of small group tours in East and Southern Africa which are escorted by expert local guides to ensure that our clients have the very best safari experience. The weekly scheduled departures are small and personal with a maximum of 7 passengers in East Africa, and 16 passengers in Southern Africa. Travelling with a dedicated professional, you can rest assured that you will be taken care of from the very moment you arrive until you depart with some truly memorable experience.

Blog-KEvinKevin, Southern Cross Safaris, Kenya

We were met on Sunday morning by Kevin our guide what an asset to Southern Cross Safaris, always felt safe and looked after and he had a great knowledge of Kenya, the animals and people. - Jane Jeskie


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