Guided Tours and Training

“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.” – William John Burchill (1781 – 1863 English explorer and naturalist.)

A guide can make all the difference to your experience, a guide who can ‘read’ the bush is able to bring it alive, help you see, feel, hear and even taste the wilds. Some guides specialise in birds, reptiles, the cat family, botany, star-gazing, African culture and old battlefields. Choose your guide carefully.

If you are requiring the services of a guide, or would like to be considered as an AFRICA TALKED guide, contact us

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson

IAN THOMSON, guide extraordinaire,  has a deep understanding and knowledge of the African bush developed over a life-time of working in all aspects of guiding and wildlife management throughout southern Africa. Ian has a unique affinity with Africa.

As a professional guide, guest speaker, lecturer, mentor and consultant, Ian shares his love, experiences, knowledge of flora and fauna, local culture and history.  He is passionate about helping young people to understand the importance of conservation as well as sharing the magic of all, big and small. He is often called upon to help train guides and university students furthering their degrees in animal husbandry, conservation and wildlife economics.

Establishing new game reserves, capturing and re-locating wild animals, training anti-poaching units and having been involved in international wildlife security, Ian also has a fund of campfire escapades to relate. A legend amongst his peers Ian inspires a love of Africa.

Educated at a unique bush-orientated school, where he developed his first love of the wilds, Ian farmed for a while before joining the Rhodesian Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management.  As a young ranger working and living in Mana Pools Game Reserve, in the Zambezi Valley, hands-on experience was gained in all aspects of conservation from elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, small elusive animals, insects and plant life that constitute an eco-system.

Ian furthered his career with formal qualifications in Ecology, Environmental Management, and Human Resource Management.  He, alongside Ian Player, Nick Steele and Drummond Densham from the Natal Parks Board, all having become concerned about the standards of safari guides and guiding, formed the Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA).  Ian holds membership #1 and is active in promoting standards and training of guides.

From being a young ranger doing foot-patrols in the bush to Director of Natal Parks Board, Ian shares how to  “listen to the bush, learn to interpret it”.

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