Eyes On

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Life and Gesse

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Acipiter Clash

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Gabar Goshwak in spectacular Inter-specific species competition with a Little Sparrowhawk. Great Plains Conservation, January 2017. During annual Guide mentoring, we came around the corner to witness the sparrowhawk on its own kill of a small seed-eater which was suddenly attacked by the larger Gabar. The Gabar managed to overpower the Little Sparrowhawk to make away with its prized kill. Spectacular.

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Nature Guide Positions available – Northern Botswana, Okavango

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We are interviewing for various positions available under some new and current Safari Operators. 

Once Selected, most positions offer“On-site Guide Training” for candidates under company standards and BQA National Guide Standards = Level 2 Nature Guide and Level 3 Walking Guide + Rifle Use.

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Up to ten (10) positions available as:

1.       Professional Guide License Holders = Walking Experience, Game Drive, Night Drive, Boating and Mokoro.

–          PRD permit

–          References

–          Cambridge Education preferred

–          Some guiding experience

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Up to 6 positions available

2.       Mekoro Polers and Trackers

–          Mekoro Poler License

–          At least 1 year experience in industry – service and or guiding/tracking experience

–          References

–          JC education expected

–          Good English

–          Bonus = to have a driver’s license

Must send full Curricula Vitae = preferred to be sent on email to us.

Contact – Tshepiso Ranko = info@natureguidingcompany.com – Cell: +267 77475487

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Nature Guide Training course and Knowledge Refresher!

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Nature Guide Training Botswana – New and Exciting launch in 2016

Walking the Flood Plains of the Okavango – Lead Walking Guide Course In August 2015, Clinton Phillips, owner of Nature Guiding Company and long standing expert and pioneer of higher level gui…

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Nature Guide Training Botswana – New and Exciting launch in 2016

summer-season-walk-in-the-long-grassWalking the Flood Plains of the Okavango – Lead Walking Guide Course

In August 2015, Clinton Phillips, owner of Nature Guiding Company and long standing expert and pioneer of higher level guiding qualification development in Botswana, Launched Nature Guide Training Botswana.

NGTB/ Nature Guide Training Botswana has received a mammoth accolade = Accreditation under the Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA) to offer various National Nature Guide Qualifications such as:

bqa-logo 1. National Intermediate Certificate (Level 2) In Tourism Nature Guiding with strands in:

  • Vehicle Nature Guide + Night Guiding
  • Power Boat Nature Guide
  • Back-up Walking Nature Guide
  • Rifle Use – Level 2

       2. A part of the National Certificate (Level 3) In Tourism Nature Guiding with strand in:

  • Lead Walking Nature Guide
  • Rifle Use – Level 3

NGTB is in process of gaining further BQA accreditation for other Level 3 Strand and qualifications = 2017.                        
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NGTB is also affiliated with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and may, on request, offer mentorship and training for FGASA Level guides. In this, our main focus is to offer coaching and assessments for Level 1 FGASA guides who wish to gain further hours, coaching and insights into higher level industry guiding, as well as to upgrade their qualifications to:

  1. Level 1 – to Level 2
  2. Back-up Trails Guide
  3. Advanced Rifle Handling
  4. Back-up Trails Guide to Lead Trails Guide
  5. Level 2 Guide to Level 3 Guide

Such FGASA based courses also allow explorations for International guides into the vast wilderness of Northern Botswana and the Okavango Delta.

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NGTB’s main focus currently, lies in linking with Botswana Safari Operators in order to train, coach and assess their employed and future Citizen guides to attaining the BQA Qualifications as a minimum. At the same time mentoring the guides on higher level guiding techniques, styles and how they can grow their careers as Professional Nature Guides. We work closely with operators via encompassing their Corporate Identity to enure it is embedded into their guiding staff we train.
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Newsletter One – Safari Memories Northern Botswana 2014 to May 2016

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Wild Dog took down a young Giraffe and this blood lust Hyena raced straight in only to be met by a team of adult wild dogs – The Hyena scurried out of the scene without composure. Photo by S. Albert.

Extraordinary Safaris

Looking back at the last year and a half, my mind often drifts back into those blissful days while immersed in the Worlds largest and most pristine wetland wilderness, the Okavango Delta and its surrounds of Northern Botswana. Now listed as the world’s 1000th World Heritage Site, I feel humbled to have spent 20 years exploring this most precious jewel and I very much look forward to the years ahead and my explorations, where ever they take us into the wilderness areas of Africa and the World.

I have been fortunate to have spent this time with the most wonderful down to earth guests and passionate nature and safari lovers – some of them being “safari junkies” just like me.

Journeys with Nature Guiding Company and some renowned operators and travel agents such as Wilderness Safaris, Safari Footprints, RAW Botswana to name a few, have taken me to some of the most prestigious of safari camps in premier wildlife viewing areas as well to the most quint essential classic safari camps in the most remote areas of northern Botswana.

From game drives, canoes, power boats, helicopter flights, walking trails, horseback safaris to real and true wilderness camping wild wilderness trails and sundowner cruises. Botswana certainly does have a unique blend of safari styles that satisfy the palates of the World.

Besides the breathtaking beauty and vastness of landscape, within this, our guests and I have witnessed some phenomenal moments with wildlife encounters. Either by skillful tracking and following the signs of nature to locate, sheer perseverance to explore the vast areas, or by simply being in the right place at the right time.

Below are just a few images and captions of the safaris memories that Nature Guiding Companies Owner and Private Guide, Clinton Phillips and his guests have experienced. Enjoy and can’t wait to see you as new, or repeat guests on safari with me SOON!

water lions_193DSC_5120Heli flight over Vumbura Plains = Vumbura Pride crossing channelEle ride 4_186DSC_4988Abu Elephant Camp – phenomenal experiences with elephant.Leopard Vumbura_216DSC_5325Leopard Female – Vumbura Palins – intent on huntingSupa Sunrise_212DSC_4378Sunrise at Jacks Camp – Magkadigkadi Salt PansThirsty Bushman_213DSC_4443Thirsty Bushman – somewhere in the Salt PansMartial and drongoBold Forktailed Drongo mobbing the king of the sky, a Martial EagleSalt pan Wildbee_207DSC_4220Zebra and Wildebesst Migration – The Salt PansLions on BuffaloDeath in the Long Grass – Lions taking down a Buffalo – Duba Plains

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Almost caught

Wild Dog hunting Giraffe – 8 Wild Dog in Lebala took down this young giraffe meters from us. The Hyena and Dog action image is what transpired – Photo by S. Albert.

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Nature Guiding Company is gearing up for some exciting changes for 2017 for safaris and more.

Best wishes for the festive season and see you in the bush!

Regards

Clinton Phillips

 

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Adventure Safari Guide Position – Botswana

Adventure Trail Guide = walking and canoeing northern Botswana Position entails leading 4 night mokoro/walking trails in remote wildlife concession, managing the operations, logistics and staff of …

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Adventure Safari Guide Position – Botswana

Adventure Trail Guide = walking and canoeing northern Botswana

Position entails leading 4 night mokoro/walking trails in remote wildlife concession, managing the operations, logistics and staff of the trails for the season. It also includes some marketing and potential to grow product within Botswana and possibly countries.wimage14

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