Safari Guide | Kenya | 28 days
$5,780 (USD) | Approx. £4,415
2019 dates | Safari Field Guide Training courses in Kenya (KPSGA accredited accredited qualification)
- 1 June – 28 June 2019 | Mara Training centre
- 09 September- 06 October 2019 | Mara Training centre
- 02 November – 29 November 2019 | Borana camp
- Accommodation (sharing)
- Tea/coffee and cordials
- Instruction and training
- Game walks
- Open vehicle game drives & specialist trainer/s
- KPSGA Qualification fee
About this safari guide training course in Kenya
Just like our other safari guide course options, this 28-day field guide training course option allows the participants to immerse themselves in the captivating beauty and atmosphere of the African wilderness. Kenya is one of Africa’s most diverse places for wildlife and a the perfect classroom to learn about the skills of becoming a successful field guide.
This KPSGA Bronze qualification accredited course is open to all – those interested in the official Kenya qualification and also those interested in having a unique experience of the African Savannah and coming away from the experience with a wealth of knowledge. It’s a fantastic way to have an alternative safari experience and to see the African bush very differently from the average tourist would.
You will be submerged in nature and constantly exposed to the African bush for the duration of your stay. Through a mixture of daily lectures on the training camp to daily drives and walks in the bush you will be covering a wide variety of subjects in the form of daily lectures and practical activities out in the wilderness – with daily morning and evening activities alternating between game walks and game drives. Midday lectures involve topical instruction and discussion, on the subject or game encounter of the day. This is followed by personal study time and relaxation.
The sleeping arrangements at all our camps consist of two people sharing per tent. Single requests are required to pay double rates. Women and men do not share tents unless booked as a couple.
- Early morning wake-up: tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereals
- Brunch after activity: cooked breakfast and fruit salad
- Afternoon tea: light lunch/ sandwiches
- Dinner: balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad
The majority of the training will be spent in Borana mobile camp with possibly a few days in the lodge – this will depend on the lodge occupancy. The Lewa section will be a maximum of 3/4 days and will most likely be fly camping or sleep outs.
BORANA camp is the base camp. It lies at the foot of Mount Kenya, just sixteen miles from the equator and 6,500 feet above sea level. It is located within the vast area of the Ewaso ecosystem on the Laikipia Plateau with a view of the snow-capped peaks and the glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south and a panorama of mountains and desert to the north. This location provides an idyllic setting for any African experience.
This area is home to over fifty indigenous tree families and over three hundred species of bird life. Laikipia is an area of exceptional beauty. It enjoys some of Kenya’s most prolific wildlife as well as the highest populations of endangered species in Kenya.
Borana Conservancy is the non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife. The mission of this conservancy is to provide a sustainable ecosystem in partnership with the neighbours and community, for critically endangered species on the brink of extinction.
Borana is adjacent to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Its unique geographical location makes the 35,000 acre ranch a haven for a wide diversity of wildlife: buffalo, eland, Jackson’s hartebeest and herds of Grant’s gazelle, impala and Plains zebra. Reticulated giraffe are commonly seen nibbling the acacias while the cooler forests shelters bush buck, colobus monkey and elephants. Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys and the endangered Pata’s monkey are also resident. Predators are also found here, though not in large numbers. However, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas are growing in numbers.
In 2013 and 2014, a number of black rhino were translocated to Borana and fences with neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy were dropped. Both reserves run renowned anti-poaching and wildlife research operations in partnership with the pioneering Northern rangelands Trust.