Brian Bode

Relief Manager & Guide Trainer

Brian has been involved in nature guiding, guide training, eco-tourism & hospitality since 2001. Having spent most of his life in kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Brian is fluent in isiZulu, English and Afrikaans and is now learning to speak kiSwahili. He considers himself a naturalist wishing to make a contribution, however small it may be, to the survival of Africa’s wild spaces and sharing these places with anyone taking time out to enjoy them. Brian is a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) registered guide, trainer & assessor and is qualified to conduct guided walks in “big 5 “areas. He has guided guests in the famous Kruger National Park, the oldest Game Reserve in Africa, Hulhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve, neighbouring Zululand parks, the Drakensberg and Battlefields of kwaZulu Natal. In 2013 Brian moved to Tanzania to join SSC as Camp manager at Jongomero and his natural interest in developing guides encouraged him to introduce a guide training programme. 2 years later 14 SSC guides had qualified as FGASA Field Guides. The intrigue of the Serengeti lured Brian to the Northern Circuit for a 2 year stint of guide training. During this time he was based in Arusha and trained over 250 Tanzanian guides in beautiful places like Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Arusha & Serengeti National Parks and Nogorongoro Conservation Area. Back packing in the Serengeti is one of the highlights during this time. However, in October 2017, the wildness, remoteness and living permanently in the bush brought Brian back to The Ruaha & The Selous and Brian re-joined SSC as Relief Manager & Guide Trainer. He is looking forward to continuing the sharing of his knowledge and interpretation of our natural environment with our guides and seeing them develop further.