Choosing who you will accompany is the most important decision you will make of the trip…

Ask the following questions of your potential...

Adventure Guide…

Guides in South Africa who are paid to provide a guided experience complying with the Tourism Act.

  1. Are they registered with the Department of National Tourism? (DNT) (a legal requirement)
  2. What qualifications do they hold?
  3. What training have they undergone?
  4. What medical training has the guide had? Is it appropriate for the activity and location?
  5. Will the guide provide a list of references?
  6. How long have they been guiding and how long have they been in business?
  7. Have they had any accidents, and if so, what was the cause?
  8. If the trip is out of the guides’ home base, how familiar are they with the destination?
  9. Are they registered with AdventurePro?

International Professional…

Adventure Professionals who operate in countries other than South Africa.

  1. Do they comply with their local countries legal requirements?
  2. What qualifications do they hold?
  3. What training have they undergone?
  4. What medical training have they had? Is it appropriate for the activity and location?
  5. Will they provide a list of references?
  6. How long have they been an Adventure Professional and how long have they been in business?
  7. Have they had any accidents, and if so, what was the cause?
  8. If the trip is out of their home base, how familiar are they with the destination?
  9. Are they registered with AdventurePro?

Adventure Leader…

Voluntary leaders who do not fall into the category of Guide in terms of the Tourism Act.

  1. What training have they undergone?
  2. What qualifications do they hold?
  3. What medical training have they had? Is it appropriate for the activity and location?
  4. Will they provide a list of references of previous people they have led or worked for?
  5. How long have they been leading?
  6. Have they had any accidents, and if so, what was the cause?
  7. If the trip is out of the Leaders’ home base, how familiar are they with the destination?
  8. Are they registered with AdventurePro?

Adventure guiding is a serious profession. A bad day at the rugby means you lost the game but can play again next week. A bad day on a mountain means someone could be seriously hurt or die.

An AdventurePro should take pleasure in the beauty of the environment and wish to share that beauty with others, accept risk while striving to reduce it by total awareness of the environment, and show a spirit of goodwill to all other users. Guiding is not a nine to five job. It is a way of life.

Great trips don’t just happen

Be realistic about your fitness and expertise level.  A guide or leader can lead you to places you’ve only dreamed of, but you still have to do the physical part.

Make sure your Guide is certifiedAll guides in South Africa, even if they are from another country, are required by law to be registered with the Department of National Tourism.  It is a good idea if your guide is also a member of the AdventurePro although this is not mandatory. Ask for copies of their certification and registration.

Meet your guide in person or get to know them over the phone before the trip.  Get the agreement in writing and define all the details. The middle of the wilderness is a bad place to tell your guide you are a vegetarian.

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