Tourist Guide: Adventure

What is an Adventure Tourist Guide?

If you are the kind of person who loves to feel the rush of adrenalin that comes from living on the edge – becoming an Adventure Tourist Guide may be just the career for you!

The adventure tourism is a rapidly growing industry in South Africa. 

Tourists continue to flock to South Africa because of our famous big 5, beautiful scenery, 2 oceans, fantastic weather, a variety of cultures and a good exchange rate. 

All these factors lend themselves well to adventure vacations which include activities like: 

  • hiking safaris
  • shark diving
  • kayaking
  • battle re-enactments
  • 4 x 4 and overlanding
  • horse-back riding
  • white-water rafting
  • sky diving
  • scuba diving
  • big game fishing etc

An Adventure Tourist Guide will specialise in one or more of these fields. 

An Adventure Tourist Guide may begin as a regular Tourist Guide – see under ‘Tourist Guide’ on our website for more details – and then specialise at a later date as an Adventure Tourist Guide. 

Or, they may just be so passionate about their subject that they enter their field, with the right qualifications and registration, straight away.

Speaking a foreign language would be a great advantage!

What does an Adventure Tourist Guide do?

  • meeting and greeting members of their tour
  • co-ordinating accommodation and transport
  • being enthusiastic and helpful at all times
  • dealing with enquiries and complaints from their tour group
  • loading or unloading baggage or other equipment
  • making sure that tour members are comfortable and safe
  • attending to problems (lost luggage, late arrivals etc)
  • providing first aid where necessary
  • being able to deal calmly with emergencies (eg heart attacks, car accidents, etc)
  • making themselves available to their group at all times (24-7)

Are you … ?

  • passionate about the outdoors?
  • adventurous?
  • a person with good communication skills?
  • extremely knowledgeable and skilled about their subject?
  • organised?
  • a peoples’ person?
  • friendly, patient and easy going?
  • calm under pressure?
  • able to control groups of people?
  • physically strong and fit?
  • responsible?

How do I become an Adventure Tourist Guide?

To become a Tourist Guide a person must complete one (or more) Tourist Guide qualifications registered with CATHSSETA.  They must be registered with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

NOTE: It is illegal to conduct guided tours without the proper qualification or registration.


For specialisation in Adventure Guiding, here are a few examples:


They have trained over 1000 adventure guides over the last 13 years. Accredited by CATHSSETA


Offers a course in Adventure Guiding.


Offers training with regard to white-water rafting.


Offers various adventure courses/training including cave guiding.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Tour Bus Driver and Tour Guide: Nature

Is becoming an Adventure Tourist Guide the right career choice for me? 

See below for more info.