Why to Hire a Guide for Your Next Excursion

The outdoors beckon with a call that many of us just can’t resist. Whether you’re feeling the allure of Africa’s vast plains and wildlife or a North American excursion through our wondrous nation’s national parks, you’ll need to decide on one major factor. Are you planning on hiring a guide? Partnering with an experienced tour guide for your next trip into the wild has numerous benefits. Here are some of the reasons you should hire an excursion guide for your next wilderness excursion.


You can pull over to the side of the road to see a bison crossing the road in Yellowstone, or you can partner with a guide to discover wildlife in its true natural setting. Wildlife tour guides have an intimate understanding of the areas in which to see wildlife in abundance. Plus, a guide can prevent you from having to spend time researching an area. Simply tell them what you’re looking for in an excursion, and they’ll tailor the trip to your desires.


Wait… hiring a guide can save me money? Absolutely! Especially if you put a price tag on getting the most bang for your buck on your upcoming expedition. A tour guide can help you avoid tourist trap areas (yes, they exist even in natural areas). This will let you focus on specific zones that offer real access to both wildlife viewing opportunities and natural scenery. You’ll be chauffeured to local areas regarded as high probability areas since guides only stay in business if they can deliver on their advertised promises. Save money in the long run, and hire a guide on your next excursion.


While many visitors to natural areas are inherently responsible, cautious, and often quite prepared, there is no substitute for the experience of a dedicated trail guide. A professional guide will not only have a firm grasp of the topography of the expedition zone and its surrounding areas, but he or she will also know what to look for in terms of safety. Is that stream deeper than normal? Have a lot of bears and cubs been gathering in this particular area? Is there a better path to take that is less risky for those who aren’t as sure-footed? These types of questions are considered every day by experienced tour guides, and that translates into a safer experience for all.


Instead of relying on trailhead markers and pamphlets from the ranger station to learn about the area, you can expect your dedicated trail guide to have an in-depth knowledge of the area – including flora, fauna, and natural history – both geologic and human. Most tour guides find this is the best part of their jobs, as their excursions transcend mere sightseeing trips and become truly educational safaris into the wild.

The benefits of hiring a guide are numerous. You can see more, save money, stay safer, and learn something new when you employ the services of a dedicated and professional trail guide. For more information about guided wildlife viewing trips around the world, contact the experts at Brushbuck Tours today!

Adam Lackner - BrushBuck Wildlife Tour Guide
The backcountry is a place of enjoyment for this outdoorsman. Adam spent five years in the Marine Corps before heading for seasonal guiding positions in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Mexico, and now Wyoming. “Being where the mountains are big keeps the complaints small!”
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