Our Relationships

“Gavin was able to establish a rapport with our team of guides while still being able to achieve the objectives of challenging the guides comfort zones and getting them to re-evaluate the way they manage our guests experiences and expectations. Reinforcement after any form of training is critical and our guides have taken this upon themselves to ensure that standards are maintained. This in itself gives me the reassurance that both the execution and content of the training conducted by Essential Guiding was a success.”

by Peter Sawyer | Manager | Onguma Private Game Reserve | Namibia 

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“Essential Guiding spent two weeks training guides in our properties in the Selous and Western Serengeti.  Ahead of their arrival, Alastair and Gavin took the time to understand our product, the challenges that we faced and what we wanted to achieve. The training was excellent. Using a holistic approach they covered techniques that included awareness, communication and story-telling on game-drives and boat cruises as well as safely, pace and decision making on bush walks. They shared a huge amount of knowledge, and their dedication to guiding was an inspiration to our guides who continue to make every effort to implement what they learnt. The positive feed-back received from our clients has been very encouraging and we are now looking forward to further training so that our guides can continue to  move up to the next level.”

by Annick Mitchell | Special Interest Groups | Serena Hotels – Selous Luxury Camp, Mivumo River Lodge, Kirawira Tented Camp 

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 “Alastair’s training was inspirational and it re-energised our whole guiding team. We saw an immediate result from our guest feedback where they commented on how amazing the passion and commitment was within our guides.”

by Graham Kennedy | General Manager | Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve | South Africa 

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“Byron Ross, an inspiration and genuine person when it comes to the development of not only guiding but also personal skills. During his training visits, our guiding team at Marataba have learnt a great deal from Byron. Exposing us to different ideas and ways to better ourselves in this very interesting industry of guiding.” 

by Adriaan Mulder | Head Guide | Marataba