Guide and Ranger Skills Courses

Raising the standard of guiding in East Africa and contributing towards conservation have always been a passion of mine. So, with over 10 years of experience under my belt, I’ve begun offering tailor-made courses for safari guides, wildlife rangers and scouts to improve their knowledge and field skills.

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Field Guides

This is an opportunity for East African safari guides, tour drivers, and nature enthusiasts to receive quality field guide professional development. Courses can be designed to fit the requirements of the participants covering a host of different topics - from East Africa’s paleontological record to bird identification; from correct use of binoculars to animal track identification - providing participants with a deeper understanding of East Africa’s natural history.
This course is designed to equip guides and nature enthusiasts with the right tools to understand and interpret the natural environment. Training can be conducted on-site at a particular camp or lodge, or in a central, convenient location for participants from various locations.
This course is endorsed by the African Field Guides Association (AFGA) and the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA), and can be tailored to help prepare potential candidates for the KPSGA Bronze, Silver, or Gold level examinations.

Wildlife Rangers & Scouts

This course is designed to equip rangers and scouts with the right tools to help land managers and researchers build up an inventory database of biodiversity in their area of operation and establish innovative methods of combating the spread of invasive species and illegal human activity.
The syllabus provides participants with the skills to identify tracks & signs, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians for biodiversity monitoring. The syllabus also covers basic competency in data collection using GPS and mobile phone apps, understanding the global & local importance of the work, and community outreach & education. Training is conducted on site in the rangers’ area of operation.
For rangers who might spend time with paying visitors, the course can be tailored to help prepare potential candidates for the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association examinations.

These courses include both a practical element out in the field - on foot and/or in the vehicle - as well as classroom lectures.


My relevant qualification:

  • African Field Guides Association (AFGA) – Trainer & Assessor

  • Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) – Gold Level

  • Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) – Level 2

  • FGASA Back-up Trails Guide

  • Cybertracker Track & Sign - Level 3


Come join in for an immersive learning experience!

 

Guide & Ranger Training Testimonials

Words from Previous Clients

I had the great pleasure of working alongside Zarek during Nomad Tanzania's annual Guide Training in 2018.  I was very impressed not just by by the depth and breadth of his knowledge about the natural world, but also by his passion for the art of conveying that knowledge to others.  He is an excellent teacher - and when it comes down to it, that is what a guide’s job is all about.

Richard Knocker - The Map's Edge

I just wanted to say a huge thanks for your work with the rangers. I know they appreciated it and seemed to get a lot out of it. We will see how far they go with their new found knowledge. I really appreciate your way of working with them. Not only are you knowledgeable about the subject matter but you present is such a way that involves the rangers no matter what their educational abilities are.

Mike Adkins - Kijabe Forest Trust

Nomad’s training standards have been acclaimed for many years, and Zarek was a valuable contribution to our annual training program, training over 60 guides over the period of 12 days in entomology. His in-depth knowledge made a big difference to our guiding team.

Petra Meyr - Nomad Tanzania

 

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