To be able to work as a guide in Madikwe game reserve, you need to prove yourself competent when it comes to rifle shooting. If you’re conducting game drives or walking as a lead or back-up guide, a few times each month there’s training and evaluations at the two shooting ranges in the reserve. You need to be able to place at least three out of four shots within a 12 cm diameter circle, at a distance of 30 m, as well as shooting three targets at 30, 20 and 10 m, respectively, within 15 seconds. To be able to lead bush walks, you need to up your game and pass the Bush Lane assessment as well, which is arranged three-four times a year in Madikwe. If you pass, it means you are able to lead bush walks in the reserve for the coming year. I am always proud of the fact that Madikwe guide are known for being good shots; it just goes to show: frequent practice does pay off.