Safari Guide Salary in Botswana

Safari Guide Salary in Botswana

Who is a Safari Guide ?

A person who advises others, especially in matters of behaviour on an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat.

Safari Guide Salary in Botswana

A Tour Guide working in Botswana will typically earn around 80,640 BWP per year, and this can range from the lowest average salary of about 41,180 BWP to the highest average salary of 129,000 BWP.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Safari guides get paid?

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $87,000 and as low as $15,500, the majority of Safari Guide salaries currently range between $25,000 (25th percentile) to $40,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $57,500 annually across the United States.

What qualifications do I need to be a safari guide?

But some safari companies, like African Bush Camps, take this one step further.

To be a Safari Guide is to be a Master of all Trades

  • Wildlife knowledge.
  • Safe Practice.
  • Conservation.
  • Photography.
  • Driving skills.
  • Historian.
  • Tracker.
  • Personality.

How much do you tip a safari guide?

We suggest something around $10-20 per person per day (so $20-$40 if you’re a couple). For ease, you may wish to ‘prepare’ tips in separate envelopes for each camp and then put this into the gratuity box at the end of your stay.

How do I become a guide in Botswana?


  1. 18 years of age and above.
  2. Holder of Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or Cambridge Overseas Certificate (COSC)
  3. With one (1) year of related field experience.
  4. Valid driver’s license.

How long does it take to become a safari guide?

Just like any other job, formal training is critically important for a successful career as an African safari guide. Most training institutes offer 12 months programs that cover both the theoretical and the practical part of directing an African safari.

What is a safari guide called?

Ranger – safari guide with extensive experience and knowledge of the bush and the animals inhabiting it. Rest Camp – camp in a national park.

How do I become a safari guide in Botswana?

If you want to acquire a qualification, you can complete the course with the FGASA Field Guide NQF2 certificate after passing all exams. Approved by FGASA, it enables you to work as a guide in specific wildlife areas.

What kind of qualifications can you take to become a tour guide?

To become a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide working in London, you will need to take a course and gain accreditation from the Institute of Tourist Guiding. The Course: The course typically lasts about 18 months and involves lectures in London and practical site visits, along with periods of self study.

What skills do you need to be a guide?

A good tour guide is articulate, easy to understand, has the physical capabilities to command attention and project their voice across potentially large groups of people. They should also be able to communicate one on one, answer questions with calm and remain approachable even when under pressure.

What is the job of a safari guide?

Safari guides host visitors to lodges and reserves on game drives, bush walks and other activities. They interpret the elements of nature and wildlife for their guests. To successfully do their job, safari guides must be knowledgeable about ecosystems, and the living and non-living things found there.