Our approach to planning a safari is a little different... We believe that the safari guide is absolutely critical to having the best experience you possibly can on your trip.
So you should start with the guide and build everything else around that.
The wildlife, surroundings, accommodation, food and service is a consideration too of course, but we've found that the top safari guides seem to gravitate naturally towards the better lodges, camps and reserves.
So find the best guides and you will find the optimum of all the other factors that go into making an unforgettable, life changing safari.
So that's exactly what we did!...
How The Top Safari Guides List Is Compiled
On safari, you will be spending a large part of the day with your guide searching for wildlife, and in many cases they will also join you for dinner and around the campfire, so it makes good sense to go with the best guide you can find.
We track him or her down for you by taking all the following factors into account, ensuring that only the foremost guides are listed here:
Must have at least ten (10) years of experience.
Experience is a good start when determining guiding ability because practical knowledge and passion are very important in this field and ten years or more allows enough time to reveal the very best guides.
Any less committed, inept and incompetent guides will also have been disclosed within that time frame and either moved on and out of the guiding profession or improved their skills and committment to capable levels.
Must have grading certification from a recognised association and a legal guiding qualification.
Each African country has their own unique system of awarding safari guiding grading and assessment certifications and qualifications. To find out more about them and how they affect the Top Safari Guides list, click on the specific country below...
Solid reputations are built up over time and peers can normally attest to that so we take into account feedback from colleagues and industry experts. Reviews from past travellers also play an important role as well as contributions made to the industry.
Must be available to guide regularly.
There are excellent guides with high qualifications and many years of experience that unfortunately can't be added to the list because they have moved into management positions which hamper them from guiding frequently.
No Charge For This Service
There is no charge to you for this service of finding and matching you with the best guides.
Top Safari Guides generates income through the rates we establish with the companies and lodges that employ the top guides, or that the guides own themselves, not from your pocket. Therefore you won’t pay a penny more than booking directly.
Guides can't pay their way onto the list under any circumstances, they are chosen because of their qualifications, experience and competence.
Bruce & Wilma Whittaker: Founders
Who We Are
Wilma and I have been involved in the safari industry for over 12 years now as a husband and wife team, helping thousands of people discover and enjoy the wonders that a safari has to offer by organizing and facilitating their African travel.
In 2003 we launched African Safari Journals, which has grown into one of the leading safari review websites on the web.
I've also had the opportunity to write two ebooks that many people have found useful namely "Better Safari Photography" and "How To Guide Your Own Safari".
Going on safari ourselves is a passion and has been for both of us since childhood. Growing up in South Africa allowed us to visit all the wonderful nature reserves here such as the Kruger National Park from an early age.
Over the years on these trips, and from the large amount of review feedback from others, we've come to realise that the guide is a really important part of any safari.
So we started Top Safari Guides to unearth, list and help people travel with the very best field guides available, making a safari trip even more of a life changing experience.