a Local Guide?
In the days of internet travel review sites, we often hear of local guides who professionally review travel locations. However, this is not what we mean by
We mean the type of local person that earns a living by guiding tourists throughout their nation or local area. Or maybe they organise local sporting activities e.g. rafting, snorkelling climbing etc. Also, in our case, these are people from a developing nation. Such local guides are usually known as tour operators. Their tours may be a walk around the local city or
When travelling with a local guide, as opposed to an employee of a larger organisation, you will experience much more. Here you can find out why…
So how do you find
a Local Guide?
Unless you have already been to the local guide’s country, it is often difficult to find a local guide. Or, perhaps, you know someone there – but do you know all of the guides there? Most often you will find a national or global company. This is because they have the financial means to advertise and raise their website in search engine result lists
Only if you scan down to the bottom of the search results might you find a real local
This website is here not just to help small local guide companies but to help you find a local guide. In addition, you can find other travel related businesses in some very interesting developing nations. You can search for them here.
Benefits of a Local Guide
Providing you spend enough time chatting online with a local guide you should reap your rewards. You should have a good feeling about their sincerity and experience.
You can usually chat with a local guide without cost via WhatsApp, Skype or Email etc. This will also give them a better idea of your requirements.
However, in my experience, most local guides are keen to satisfy and to provide a real personal service. A local guide has to be good to survive, but, this website’s owner has no control over them. So you must make your own judgement. Once you have done that you stand a very good chance of experiencing the holiday of a lifetime.
a Local Guide
The author of this website has travelled in many parts of the world. Using local guides and local transport, often in underdeveloped countries he gained a great deal of worldly experience. He spent six months on the road, travelling through North and Eastern Africa. And, additionally, a further six
Thus, his experience in using a local guide, local businesses, restaurants, hotels etc is immense. After his younger trahttps://www.hdnsb.com/local-guide/?preview=truevelling days, he went back to Africa and travelled, once again, with local guides. In Niger, he walked for 6 days in the Sahara with local Tuareg guides. Whereas, in the Gambia, he took a trip up the Gambia river, on a boat run by a local man. Apart from his tour in Asia, he mostly visited his favourite continent, Africa, travelling to ten different countries. He also worked for a local businessman in Kenya. In
Thus, some of his experiences, with a local guide, are worth a mention…
My Local Guide in Niger
At the age of
Unfortunately, due to bad weather, I missed the connecting flight in Paris and arrived in Niamey twenty-seven hours late. Four other travellers who had booked the same tour arrived on time. They were, of course,
My Local Guide does his best.
The local guide was unable to contact me. It was before the age of mobile telephones and even internet was not so widespread then. So he decided he must take his other four guests on their long drive to Agadez. He had a duty to them and not to someone who failed to turn up. It was a ten day holiday (two days to the desert, two days back, and six days trekking the desert).
I phoned my wife from Abidjan where I landed to connect to Niamey. She phoned the tour operator in Agadez. He gave her the route, timetables and hotels at which they would stay in Niamey and Agadez. I would try and catch them up before they took their camels into the desert.
I missed them at the hotel in Niamey. They had left an hour before I got there but I had had no sleep, and had to rest. The local guide had left me a message. It gave me the name of their hotel in Agadez and the time they would
How to get to Agadez q
I had no papers and therefore unable to rent a car in Niamey. But after a long search, I found a contact who took me to the airport’s private hangers. There I found and
I took the piste, which the pilot had called the main road and started walking. Indeed the road did descend, several kilometres into Agadez.
The unofficial Local Guide
Mohammed took me into Agadez but not straight to the hotel. First, we had to go to the camel market where his brother had a tailor’s shop. He sold cloth and made the local clothes – a
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Mohammed promised he would take me to the hotel after I purchased something in his brother’s shop. I bought the traditional dark blue,
It was well after ten o’clock as we reached the hotel. There I was told that the group had left for the desert at six ö’clock. However, I was escorted to a small
Finally, my Local Guide is found
And arrive he did – my own personal local guide! He spoke even less French than I do, which is minimal. However, I understood that he would drive me into the desert to catch up with my party. By 13:00 hours we were on our way in a 4 x 4 vehicle, sliding along the sandy piste. I was following the trail of my trekking companions.
It was about three hours later where my personal local guide suddenly stepped on the brakes. He knew the route but only approximately where they might be at that time of day. But there they were! Another 4 x 4 was parked about one hundred meters to the side of the piste. My new trekking colleagues were all sitting down enjoying an afternoon snack.
“You are my new local guide, I presume?”
I felt like Henry Stanley meeting Doctor Livingstone. My new friends, including the original local guide, were all so surprised to see me. It had been, for me, a great adventure, and the desert trek was still to come.
I was finally back in Africa, after so many years. But, only thanks to a local guide, and a few other
Over the years, local guides (even the unofficial ones) have provided me with a great deal fun, knowledge and interest.
Finally, if you know of any small business in a developing country (see this list) and you feel they need some help, then inform them of our website. They might decide to advertise on HDNSB or apply for a franchise. You can contact us here. You might also want to read about the United Nations Development Program here.