Becoming an Asilia Safari Guide
Stuart Butler will be joining the acclaimed safari guide and conservation group, Asilia Africa. He will be a ‘fly on the wall’ at one of their wildlife guide training camps in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.
Asilia’s wildlife and safari guides are among the best in the business. And Stuart will be sending back regular reports on what it takes to be a top end safari guide. Complete with behind-the-scenes candid views, informative blog updates, photo galleries and short videos.
Over the course of the next month, Stuart will interview aspiring guides and training staff. He will learn how to track wildlife and how to cater to a client’s needs. And he will partake in bush walk training, fly-camping experiences and night safaris. He will also profile some of the larger-than-life characters who call Tarangire home. That would be the elephants and baobab trees, the lions and some legendry safari guides.
We will be featuring weekly updates from Stuart here. Or, for more frequent updates, keep an eye on the Asilia blog and social media pages like Facebook for more. And, of course, our SafariBookings blog will feature the latest (and greatest) safari news.
Stuart Butler is a writer, award winning photographer and the author of various Lonely Planet guidebooks to East and Central Africa (he also writes guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Bradt to South Asia and the Himalaya region). Stuart has been travelling and working in Africa for more than two decades and in 2015 he and a Maasai friend, Josphat Mako, walked for five weeks across a part of the Maasai lands of Kenya in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of the impact of contemporary lifestyles, conservation, political pressures and tourism on the Maasai and the wildlife of the region. For more information on this project, the forthcoming book, Once We Were Lions, and the photo exhibitions and speaking tour see the website.