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From Tracker to Guide – Interview with a Guide who knows

 

Interview with an experienced Guide working at a 5 star lodge who started his career as a Tracker

Remember Mashele

Where and when did you learn to be a tracker?

In 2000 I started training to be a Tracker where I was working

 

How did you qualify as a tracker?

I attended courses at the reserve through the lodge I was working for

                                                                                                                                                     

 

When you were learning to track was there any specific people who helped you?

A man named Elvis Kubayi helped me to learn tracking and trailing

 

Why did you decide you wanted to be a guide and when was this?

I wanted to be involved with both animals and people so in 2005 I decided to train as a guide to interact more with guests

 

Did you self-study to take your guiding exam or did you do it through a course? If you used a course which training provider did you use?

I self-Studied

 

What qualifications do you currently have as a guide?

FGASA Level 1 (NQF 2) and Lead Trails to conduct walks, I also have my Advanced rifle handling qualification

                                                                                                                            

Do you want to continue to study as a guide and if so, what would you like to study?

Yes, I would like to study for higher FGASA levels, so next will be FGASA Level 2 (NQF 2)

 

What is your favourite thing about tracking?

Trailing an animal and finding it while learning the behaviour of the animal that you are tracking

 

What is your favourite thing about guiding?

Meeting people from different cultures and learning about them

 

Do you think starting as a tracker has helped you as a guide?

Yes, it helped me a lot

 

Do you have any advice for any trackers who are wanting to move into guiding?

To be patient and learn from the other Guides already in the industry

 

What is your favourite animal to track?

Leopard

                                                                                                                                                               

What is your favourite animal to view from a vehicle on safari?

Wild Dogs

                                                                                                                                                               

 

If you weren’t a Guide what Job do you think you would have?

Lawyer! – a totally different industry

                                                                                                                                           

 

Thanks Remember, very interesting to hear about your journey from Tracker to Guide and just as interesting to hear that if you weren’t a Guide you would be in Law! I personally have been lucky enough to be on foot in the bush with Remember and he is still just as good at tracking as he is guiding. – Hayley, Wild Dreams.

Any trackers who are in the industry and interested in becoming a Guide this goes to show you with determination it can be done.