Have you ever wondered about the strength of spider webs or the smell of a lion’s breath or what it feels like to be an arm’s-length away from an elephant? These are the daily experiences of Field Guides, living and working in the wild, sharing the adventure of safari with Singita guests.
Alan Yeowart, Guiding Skills Facilitator and Private Guide, Singita Sabi Sand – shares insights into the initial phase of training individuals to become “Game Rangers”. Singita Field Guide Training Academy – 2011.
Apart from the obvious basics about learning the theory of Field Guiding and its associated knowledge component, the real essence of spending 6 months as an aspirant Field Guide or “Game Ranger” is the accrual of stories and experiences that will equip you from a practical sense.
Where better than Singita’s iconic properties can you be exposed to such an onslaught of experiential opportunities?
Alan Yeowart’s 9 new recruits are currently busy developing their skills and the following are some photographs after their first 4 weeks of training.
How strong does a Musth Bull smell at 2 metres?
What does a lion’s breath smell like?
How loud does your heart-beat sound when you are told – “now let’s see if we can get a little bit closer”?
Joining the dots; collecting evidence; analyzing the scene and recreating the sequence of events.
To ensure our Field Guides and Trackers are as passionate about the wildlife and flora as we are – and to ensure they are able to convey this to Singita guests through sharing accurate information and insights about the land which they traverse – Singita has established an in-house Field Guide and Tracker Training Academy under the care of one of our most experienced and knowledgeable guides. A comprehensive six month training programme covers all areas of field guiding and tracking from an in-depth understanding of all flora and fauna, to responding appropriately and professionally to the specific needs and interests of each of our guests. For more information refer to Singita’s website.