A unique experience that you only have once in a lifetime...
... awaits you in the unforgettable Okavango wilderness if you want to become an FGASA or BQA registered field guide (FGASA level 1/ BQA level 2) through our inexpensive nature guide courses.
Imagine approaching the Big Five on foot and observing them up close, following herds of buffalo from island to island, gliding through pristine delta canals by motorboat or canoe, traversing rivers and deep sands with the 4×4 off-road vehicle, and sharing stories around a campfire under the African starry sky.
You can learn all this and much more with our FGASA or BQA Field Guide training (FGASA Level 1/ BQA Level 2), which is aimed not only at experienced and aspiring nature/safari/bush guides, but also at “adventure tourists” who are looking for a unique, life-changing bush experience in a remote African wilderness full of wildlife.
14 or 28 nights
The meeting point is opposite Maun Airport at 14:00 on the first day of the course. The time is chosen so that international arrivals can be adjusted
This course takes place at Kwapa Trails Camp. The Meru-style tents have a private bathroom with a bucket shower and bush toilet. Each tent is equipped with two camp beds, sheets, pillows, duvet and towels. There is a battery-powered LED lamp in the tents. The covered veranda has a sink and camping chairs.
Important: Even as a participant who is not seeking certification, you must complete a minimum of exams and game drives. This is not a cheap safari, it is a tour guide school.
No previous experience is required for this course. It is important that you know what your course objective is when you book.
You should have sufficient English language skills have and are generally in good fitness.
The trainer from the African Guide Academy meets all participants at the Indian restaurant PPCC opposite Maun Airport at 14:00 This allows participants to arrive on international flights on the first day of the course (flights usually land around 1:15 p.m.). The participants are then given the opportunity to buy drinks and snacks, etc. before the approximately 2-hour road transfer to Kwapa Camp begins. Please note that participants who arrive after 14:30 must find accommodation in Maun and pay the U$70.00 for an unscheduled transfer to Kwapa Camp the next day.
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After arriving at Kwapa Camp in the late afternoon, the rest of the first day consists primarily of orientation and introduction to the assessment process used for this course.
A typical day:
The Kwapa Camp on the banks of the Kwapa River in the Okavango Delta works according to a “duty guide” system. Every day there are two Duty guides, which help you wake up and prepare breakfast. One duty guide leads the morning activity, the other the afternoon activity. Each activity lasts approximately 3 hours. After returning from the morning activity around 10:00 a.m., there is a coffee and tea break.
The instructor then discusses the performance of the morning activity with the duty guide and gives the participant the opportunity to comment on his/her own strengths and weaknesses. The group then discusses these points and provides constructive criticism. Finally, the presenter adds the points that, in his opinion, could have been handled differently. At each meal, duty guides are encouraged to entertain the group using appropriate hosting techniques, such as having conversations throughout the meal and making sure that drinks are always available and that all “guests” get what they need before they start eating.
06h00 - 10h00: morning activity/training session
10h00 - 11h00: tea & coffee break
11h00 - 12h00: Speech
12h00 - 13h00: Lunch
13h00 - 14h00: Showers and rest time
14:00 - 15:00: Presentation of candidates (topic will be discussed with the moderator). Discussion about the content and technology of the presentation.
15:00 - 18:00: afternoon activity/training session
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Review of afternoon activity/training session
7:30pm - 8:30pm: Dinner and completion of daily activities
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
After the morning activity and breakfast, we'll return to Maun in time to catch your international flight.
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Please note that this is only a rough overview, which can and will change depending on the needs of guests and external factors.If you want
Kwapa Camp - Okavango Delta - 7 nights
EUR 4,030.00 per person per module (14 nights) in a double tent
(single tent supplement: EUR 605.00)
Drinks other than those mentioned above can be purchased in Maun before leaving for Kwapa Camp
The course is conducted with only 4 to a maximum of 8 participants (plus the sponsored local participant).
Module A = part 1 (14 days)
Module B = 2nd part (14 days)
Course dates 2023
Module A: 24.02.2023 - 10.04.2023
Module B: 10.04.2023 - 24.04.2023
Module A: 21.04.2023 - 05.05.2023
Module B: 05.05.2023 - 19.05.2023
Module A: 16.06.2023 - 30.06.2023
Module B: 30.06.2023 - 17.07.2023
Module A: 11.08.2023 - 25.08.2023
Module B: 25.08.2023 - 08.09.2023
Module A: 06.10.2023 - 20.10.2023
Module B: 20.10.2023 - 03.11.2023
Module A: 01.12.2023 - 15.12.2023
Module B: 15.12.2023 - 29.12.2023
Course dates 2024
For every four-week course we run, AGA sponsors a local guide!
To preserve our unique habitat for future generations, we give back to local communities by sponsoring a dedicated local guide for every four-week course we run for international students. Last year, AGA donated more than 50,000 US dollars to train local communities that are ultimately the custodians of one of Africa's last remaining true wilderness areas.
* Detailed itinerary
This offer is for People with reduced mobility not suitable. But here too, the following applies: Please contact us. We can customize your trip for you, even taking into account any mobility restrictions.
We strongly advise you to take out international health insurance, which also covers repatriation to your home country. Through our partner Travelsecure.de, we offer you appropriateInsurances On.