All Drifters Guides are qualified full time professionals, registered with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and South African Tourism. All guides are specifically registered and licensed in order to provide you with an informative, safe and enjoyable experience whatever your choice of safari.
Our Guides are mature adults who are young at heart and enjoy their work. They are chosen for their personalities, their interest in the environment, their experience and ability to handle people.
If you have no guiding experience and would like to become a Safari Guide, before you can approach Drifters with any real chance of getting a job you will need to have fulfilled the following requirements:
Drivers License : You will need a South African EC1 license – that is, a heavy duty truck drivers license. Driving schools are no longer able to book on prospective clients behalf, so in order to get a booking at any testing station, you have to be present in person.
PDrP : Once you have your EC1, you then need to get a PDrP. The PdrP enables you to carry paying passengers. To be granted a PDrP by the Department of Transport you will need :
• A doctors certificate certifying you fit to drive a heavy duty vehicle
• Have an eye test at the Department of Transport
• And, a criminal clearance from the South African Police Services (with fingerprints).
First Aid Certificate :You will also need a valid Level 1 First Aid Certificate. Drifters support the St Johns Ambulance Service in this regard and recommend their level 1 courses to any potential applicants (approximately R 400.00). Their courses run regularly and are of a high standard.
FGASA : Then you need to become an applicant member of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). To enrol with FGASA you will need 2 X passport photos, your First Aid Certificate, and about R 400.00. After you have enrolled with them they will furnish you with a logbook in which you will record all your future trips, and they will inform you of the soonest Level 1 examination date. Please refer to the FGASA web site for more details about this.
If you are offered a training position within Drifters you might be required to complete a probationary period with us in a junior position before we put you out “on the road” so to speak. The probation period is about three months, after which you will do training trips with other fully trained and full time Drifters Guides, before becoming a guide yourself.
As you can see, this is not an easy process! And it is not meant to be. Drifters only want guides of the highest caliber working for our company, and this is what it takes to become one of them.