‘In Good Hands’ was the title of an article included In the latest ‘Travel Zimbabwe‘ publication released in Durban over the 2012 Indaba Trade Show, which featured some of Zimbabwe’s top professional guides as those who have helped earn Zimbabwe’s reputation for its “World-class guiding‘.
Our very own Owner and CEO, as well as professional guide, Beks Ndlovu was featured as one of the well-known and respected professional guides guiding in Zimbabwe today.
In his interview with ‘Travel Zimbabwe’, Beks explains, ‘It was a combination of my love for the great outdoors and the opportunities to work directly with people that led me into guiding.’ He goes on to mention that his favourite part of his training was acquiring the ability to recognise people’s interests, ‘it now enables me to feed each visitor’s particular thirst for knowledge about the natural world we live in.’
Zimbabwe’s procedures for obtaining a Professional Guides License are known to be one of the most difficult, extensive and well respected throughout Africa. Those looking to do their Professional Guides License have to undergo the following to become a fully accredited Professional Guide:
– A Learner’s theory examination where their knowledge of the environment, the ecology, vegetation, geography, birds and wildlife, first aid, firearms and ballistics, as well as environmental and tourism laws are tested.
– A minimum two year apprenticeship then follows under the tutorship of a holder of a Full License from National Parks. Under the tutorship, learner guides will gain extensive experience of working in the bush and guiding clients through their shadowing of other professional guides. This includes fulfilling a certain number of hours conducting walking safaris, game drives and hunting safaris.
– Once the two year apprenticeship is complete, the Learner Guide then has to go through an extensive week-long practical examination to ensure his guiding, his knowledge and his firearm skills will ensure the safety of any guests whom he will guide in the future.
African Bush Camps is proud to have some of the finest of Zimbabwe’s Professional Guides working within the company. To read more on this article (p12) or review the publication visit http://www.ta-emags.com/V1/Zimbabwe/TZim2/
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