Top South Africa Safari Guides

South Africa is blessed with some of the best safari guides on the continent due to the exceptional training and experience available in the country.

This is important because the guide makes a huge difference to the quality of your safari experience at the end of the day. A top safari guide has the ability to transform a commonplace experience into a life changing one, an average trip into an unforgettable adventure.

So don't take the risk of getting an ordinary guide, make absolutely sure you go with an extraordinary one.

Get The Very Best South Africa Safari Company and Guide For Your Trip

Our recommendation service pinpoints an exceptional operator and guide for your safari based on your own unique requirements. Here's exactly how the Top Safari Guides recommendation process works...


Choose the budget you have allocated for your South Africa safari below and the top guides in that rates category will be listed. Then click on the picture of the safari guide for more detailed information about them and the reserve or park they operate in...

The number of years and the icon below each picture indicates how long they have been guiding.

The rate indications below are in US Dollars and exclude international and inter-Africa airfares but include accommodation, food, activities and guiding.

(*pppn = per person per night spent on safari)


South Africa Safari Guide Grading And Assessment Qualification

CATHSSETA (The culture, art, tourism, hospitality and sport sector education and training authority) accredits training providers and registers qualified assessors to train and assess recognised unit standards, skills programmes and qualifications.

FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) is an accredited provider with CATHSSETA and they are responsible for grading and assessing field guides in South Africa.

They award three qualifications after practical and theoretical assessment and examinations, the most basic being the Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2), followed by the Field Guide (NQF4) and the highest qualification being the Professional Field Guide.

CATHSSETA also accredits other providers to train and award the Nature Site Guide (NQF 2) and Nature Site Guide (NQF 4) qualifications.

To qualify for the South Africa Top Safari Guides list and recommendation eligibility, guides need a FGASA Field Guide (NQF4) or CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide NQF4 certification or higher and a minimum of five (5) years experience, or at least eight (8) years experience if they have the basic FGASA or CATHSSETA qualification.

They also need to have all the relevant legal qualifications to practice as a guide in South Africa such as a first aid certificate and a public drivers permit (PDP).