In February Wilderness Safaris ran its first group Guide Mentor Workshop out of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe…
Fifteen guides from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia made their way across to Zimbabwe where we hosted a guiding workshop over a week of intensive training. The guides were selected based on their being considered our best guides in each region and with the potential to be a mentor to all other Wilderness guides, both new and old.
The course was designed to show the guides the importance of their role in the guests’ overall experience with Wilderness Safaris and to establish the best guiding team in the safari industry. The training included some classroom session where we exposed the guides to different concepts of guiding and information they would not usually be exposed to, but the most valuable part came in the group work and scenario drives.
During group work sessions, the guides prepared presentations on a wide variety of topics from the 4Cs to the uniqueness of the biodiversity in our areas of operation. The scenario drives were probably the most stressful part of the guide workshop, as guides had to take fellow guides ‘on safari’ including some difficult scenarios that were thrown in to test their learnings from the workshop.
The training course was a resounding success and most guides left the workshop inspired to improve their guiding and take it to another level, while also trying to grow their fellow guides.
Photos © Mike Myers