Some guides will stay with guests for their entire trip and help with everything from completing park entry documentation or border crossing formalities to offering information on the customs of local people, history or wildlife.
These guides will also assist with translation where needed.
Guides of this nature are available throughout southern and east Africa.
There are also guides that specialize in history or other aspects of culture, birds, botany or a particular region.
Some guides, for example specialize in the Eastern Cape and offer an in depth knowledge of the history, culture and natural environment of the region.
Specialist photographic guides travel with clients and in addition to taking visitors to the best locations for their particular type of photography will also share their expert technical knowledge.