All game drives are led by guides and the vast majority are extremely good at what they do. It takes several years to train to be a guide and, as many are locals and resident to a camp/lodge, they will have an excellent knowledge of their environment and the flora and fauna it contains. Yet demand for private guided safaris continues to grow. So what is their secret? What is the benefit of having a private guide leading your safari from beginning to end?
The private guides we work with at Bushbuck are leaders in their field. This is not simply because they have an encyclopedic knowledge of the plants, birds, reptiles and mammals you are likely to see, although that is indeed the case. It is because of their ability to communicate and convey their passion.
They will be able to talk with you on a wide range of topics, understand your interests, your level of experience and what you have seen already on this or previous trips.
Therefore with one guide leading throughout the itinerary you not only avoid the overlap of information, but because they understand you, they will make sure that every game drive, every walk in the bush, every evening by the campfire builds on and enhances your enjoyment. As you get to know each other this relationship builds and many of our guests travel with the same guide again and again, to different countries, becoming great friends.
Some guests have very specific interests and these are well catered for with private guides specialising in photography, primates, birding and riding, walking or boating safaris.
At Bushbuck, we arrange safari itineraries with the very best of the continent’s guides, often using their own private mobile camp allowing exclusive access to unspoiled areas. Every one of these will be run by the guides themselves to the highest standards, employing long-standing staff who are trained to understand and anticipate the needs of their guests. It’s hard to imagine a better safari experience.