Nature Guide Course

Botswana

2 - 4 weeks

3,995 - 7,990 Euro

Don't miss out on this unforgettable educational experience - join the Trails Guide Course and create memories that will last a lifetime!

WELCOME TO THE Nature GUIDE COURSE

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Botswana's Okavango Delta, this Nature Guide Course offers an unparalleled adventure into the heart of the African wilderness. It's not just about immersing yourself in nature, but also mastering the essential skills that every ranger cherishes.

Why Choose the Okavango Delta Nature Guide Course?

  • Comprehensive Curriculum:
    Dive deep into a rich educational experience that combines essential theoretical lessons on ecology, geology, zoology, climate, and weather, with on-ground field training, providing a holistic understanding of the African wilderness.
  • Guided by the Best:
    Learn from and be mentored by experienced Okavango Delta guides. Their years of experience and in-depth regional knowledge ensures a training experience that's as informative as it is enriching.
  • Dynamic Field Expeditions:
    Each day in the delta brings with it a new adventure. Whether you're navigating the waters on a Mokoro (dug-out canoe), trekking on foot, or exploring the vast terrain in a game drive vehicle, there's always something new to experience and learn.
  • Practical Ranger Training:
    Engage in real-world ranger tasks, from animal tracking to firearm handling. This course isn't just about learning; it's about doing. By its conclusion, you'll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to guide others through the wonders of the delta.
  • Daily Adventures and Insights:
    Starting with early morning game drives and culminating in evening wildlife excursions, every day is packed with learning and discovery. Beyond the training, there's the magic of the African wilderness- the sights, sounds, and sensations that will stay with you forever.

Join the Nature Guide Course

For those with a passion for nature, a thirst for knowledge, and a love for adventure, this course is a gateway to a world like no other. It's an invitation to not just witness, but to be a part of the African wilderness. Get in touchwith us and start planning your Okavango Delta adventure!

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QUICK FACTS

GENERAL
  • Up to 8 participants, 2 or 4 week programme (optional FGASA exam), 1 to 2 start dates/month (Fridays).
  • Minimum age: 18.
TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS
  • Arrive/depart at Maun International Airport (MUB) on Fridays.
  • 2-hour road transfer between Maun airport and Okavango Delta camp (return) included in price.
MEALS & MORE
  • Full-board meals, drinking water, coffee, tea are included.
  • No Wi-Fi available; cell reception limited.
ADDITIONAL ADVENTURES
  • Add an incredible mobile safari in the Okavango Delta or Kalahari to your Botswana trip. Get in touch with us for details.
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Embark on an unforgettable African wildlife adventure at the safari camp. Days start at sunrise, filled with safari drives and nature walks exploring the African ecosystem. Breaks for meals and afternoon classes on wildlife guiding ideas follow. Evenings bring more bush adventures and post-excursion discussions before a delightful dinner. The course blends classroom sessions with hands-on experiences, utilizing safari vehicles, walking, motorboats, and mokoros. As trainees, you'll lead nature walks, navigate mokoros, and conduct game drives, simulating the responsibilities of a professional nature guide.

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Embark on an unforgettable Nature Guide Course in the African wilderness, combining learning and hands-on experiences in the captivating Okavango Delta.

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In field guide training, expert guides cover Botswana's geology, ecology, astronomy, and weather. Learn navigation, bush survival, and tracking techniques for the African wild. Training includes motorboat/mokoro use based on the season, long game walks, and drives for deep bush exploration. Experience wilderness sleep-outs under the African night sky and firearm handling for safety. Days start early, exploring Botswana's wilderness, returning for lunch, rest, and classes. Afternoon game walks/drives hone new skills. Completion earns a certificate; for professional advancement, take the FGASA NQF2 exam for guiding in South Africa, divided into two two-week sessions.

Nature Guide Training

Dive into course topics that prepare you to become a field guide, as you explore Botswana's ecosystems and encounter its captivating wildlife.

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A few days prior to course completion, theoretical and practical evaluations will take place. The written exam covers all subjects taught during the course. Meanwhile, the practical assessment requires each student to lead a game drive, with the student acting as a guide and their peers as safari guests. This hands-on test involves inspecting the vehicle, leading guests through the wilderness, and describing African plants and animals, assessing your abilities as a nature guide. Upon successfully completing both assessments, you will receive the official FGASA certificate.

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Become a certified field guide in Botswana and unlock a world of adventure amidst diverse habitats and captivating wildlife.

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Activity Overview

Students at the Nature Guide Course walking in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
A Typical Day

Embark on an unforgettable African wildlife adventure at the safari camp. Days start at sunrise, filled with safari drives and nature walks exploring the African ecosystem. Breaks for meals and afternoon classes on wildlife guiding ideas follow. Evenings bring more bush adventures and post-excursion discussions before a delightful dinner. The course blends classroom sessions with hands-on experiences, utilizing safari vehicles, walking, motorboats, and mokoros. As trainees, you'll lead nature walks, navigate mokoros, and conduct game drives, simulating the responsibilities of a professional nature guide.

Nature Guide Training

In field guide training, expert guides cover Botswana's geology, ecology, astronomy, and weather. Learn navigation, bush survival, and tracking techniques for the African wild. Training includes motorboat/mokoro use based on the season, long game walks, and drives for deep bush exploration. Experience wilderness sleep-outs under the African night sky and firearm handling for safety. Days start early, exploring Botswana's wilderness, returning for lunch, rest, and classes. Afternoon game walks/drives hone new skills. Completion earns a certificate; for professional advancement, take the FGASA NQF2 exam for guiding in South Africa, divided into two two-week sessions.

FGASA Exam

A few days prior to course completion, theoretical and practical evaluations will take place. The written exam covers all subjects taught during the course. Meanwhile, the practical assessment requires each student to lead a game drive, with the student acting as a guide and their peers as safari guests. This hands-on test involves inspecting the vehicle, leading guests through the wilderness, and describing African plants and animals, assessing your abilities as a nature guide. Upon successfully completing both assessments, you will receive the official FGASA certificate.

Volunteers on a game drive at Shamwari Conservation Experience in Port Elizabeth.
Volunteers doing plant research at Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa.
Wildlife volunteers doing telemetry search in South Africa.

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WHY we love it

Step into the heart of the Okavango Delta, a world-renowned wilderness area, where this Nature Guide Course offers an unparalleled opportunity to delve deep into the complexities of African ecosystems, mastering the art of guiding through both theoretical learning and hands-on experiences.

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With a curriculum that spans across essential topics like ecology, geology, and zoology, complemented by practical skills in navigation, tracking, and survival, this course prepares you for the challenges and rewards of guiding in the African bush.

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Experience the thrill of navigating the delta by mokoro, engaging in walking safaris, and learning under the stars during wilderness sleep-outs, all while gaining a profound understanding and appreciation for the natural world.

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Benefit from the guidance of experienced Okavango Delta guides who share their in-depth knowledge and passion for conservation, ensuring that every lesson is not just educational, but also an unforgettable adventure in one of the most stunning settings on earth.

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