Drifters…product sponsor of Safari Guide of the Year 2021.

"Cherish times like these. They are very special and the opportunity for guides to compete for themselves does not come around very often. Make this a week to remember and one that you can look back on in years to come as a very special time where knowledge was shared and bonds were formed. Just be you." Mike Karantonis, Co-Owner at Africa Direct and founder of Safari Guide of the Year.



Andy Dott established Drifters in 1983, pioneering the overland safari industry, with tours throughout Southern Africa. We then also simultaneously developed quite a few eco-tourism lodges within the regions. We then also opened two speciality outdoor equipment stores.
How long have you been involved in SGOTY?
Andy Dott was one of the founder members of FGASA and was chairman for many years, and was very active in professionalising the industry. As such, he has been involved since FGASA’s inception.
Why have you chosen to align your brand with this event?
Drifters have always supported FGASA and this is an extension of that support. We believe that guides need standards to aspire to for the good of the industry and their own esteem.
What will you be sponsoring?
We are sponsoring a voucher from our Drifters shop to the value of R5000.00
Any words of encouragement for the contestants?
In a crazy Covid world it is hard at the moment to stay focused and to see the light in this industry, but never forget to keep striving for the highest level that you can achieve.


The aims of FGASA.
  • Provide educational opportunities to promote the conservation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage of southern Africa.
  • To maintain and serve a professional association of highly-trained tourist guides, tour operators and hospitality institutes.
  • To promote a culture of professional guiding based on a strong ethical, well-informed, safety-conscious approach that provides the visitor to southern Africa with a pleasant and memorable experience.
  • To fully commit to the development and implementation of the national qualifications, promoting the development of all tourist guides including historically disadvantaged individuals, as a part of the South African transformation process.
  • To promote the development of guides through the use of training programmes that conform to high standards of learner development.
  • To promote the highest standards of guide assessment by appointing fully qualified and experienced assessors.