Track and Sign course

Ranger Training | Beginner Course in Botswana

Track and Sign course

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On foot, we carefully move through the bush and look for large and small animals.
At every opportunity, we explore the surrounding area up close.
The tents at Kwapa Camp are very comfortable and have a private bush bathroom
And in the evening, after our return, the table in the restaurant tent is set
Our kitchen crew has done magic again!

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Learn the skills of our ancestors!

For millions of years, we've used tracks and signs to survive. In this course, we spend most of our time walking in the wilderness and practicing the ancient art of tracking.

While tracking, we learn to identify the animal that left the tracks and to interpret age, sex, direction of movement and much more. When tracking, we learn to follow the animals through the wild using the various signs they leave behind and other acoustic cues.

By studying the signs of these animals and following their movements, we gain a deep insight into their ecology and daily life.

Come and learn these ancient skills with us in one of Africa's most famous nature reserves. What are you waiting for?

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Traveling with a small group
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Mixed accommodation in hotels & lodges and camping
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Round trip in a rental car
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Round trip with a rental off-road vehicle
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Round trip in a minibus
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Round trip in a special safari bus
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Round trip with a driver in a car
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You should take part in this trip, for example when preparing food or doing the dishes
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No involvement in set-up, meal preparation, etc. is expected during this trip.
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Map of tour

Course length:

7 nights

Starting point:

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.


Although we will spend most of the course walking in the wilderness, we will also do nature trips and, when water levels allow, mokoro and boat trips to various habitats.

  • Practical experience in navigating the African wilderness, bush survival techniques, the ancient art of tracking, handling weapons, identifying birds and mammals, and much more
  • Hikes and overnight stays in the wilderness
  • Game drives in a 4×4 vehicle
  • Game watching safaris
  • Stargazing and astronomy
  • Theory talks and presentations by qualified and knowledgeable instructors on various topics ranging from local geology, ecology and hydrology to astronomy and weather/climate

Who should take this course?

  • People who want to reconnect with themselves and are looking for an authentic experience in the bush that helps them recover, renew, and restart.
  • Experienced safari visitors who are now looking for a deeper, more holistic experience in the African wilderness.
  • School and/or university graduates who are looking for a life-changing time-out experience.
  • People with a sense of adventure who want to do more than just a typical backpacking trip.
  • Survivalists who want to acquire the skills necessary to survive in the wild.
  • Leaders who want to learn many of the practical aspects that are often only discussed in theory.

Objectives and qualifications of participants:

The walking lessons acquired during this course can be credited towards the BQA “Back-up Trails Guide” and the FGASA “Apprentice Trails Guide.” This course is not registered in the National Qualifications and Credit Framework in Botswana.

However, at the end of the course, there will be a practical exam and, depending on your skills, you will receive a certificate of achievement.

You don't need any previous knowledge. However, you should have sufficient English language skills have and are generally in good fitness.


First day:
The trainer from the African Guide Academy meets all participants at Duck Cafe opposite Maun Airport at 14h00. This allows students to arrive on international flights on the first day of the course (flights usually arrive at 1:15 p.m.). In order to have enough time to arrive at Kwapa Training Camp while it is still light, we can only give a grace period until 3:30pm in the event of flight delays.

Daily activities:
The daily routine is to leave at dawn and we return to camp between 10 and 11 o'clock. Although we will travel to different parts of the concession, we will be traveling on foot most of the time. During the heat of the day, we have free time or short, informal talks. In the afternoon, when it cools down, we set off and return to camp in the evening.

While we will be giving informal talks on tracking theory and some digital quizzes, the majority of the course is focused on what nature tells us to do.

Last day:
We are driven back to Maun, where we arrive at Duck Café around 11 o'clock.

Please note that this is only a rough overview, which can and will change depending on the needs of guests and external factors - and on some days it is even not met at all! We leave it up to the wilderness to determine the best possible experiences.


Kwapa Camp - Okavango Delta - 7 nights


EUR 2.456.00
per person for 7 nights in a tent
(single tent supplement: €368.00)

Included in the tour price

  • Lodging in a two-person tent (single use at an additional cost)
  • All meals at Kwapa Training Camp
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • All Trainings and activities
  • Transfer from Maun back to Kwapa Camp
  • Full compensation for your carbon footprint generated on this trip

Not included in the tour price

  • Unplanned transfers from Maun to Kwapa Camp (or back)
  • Travel insurance and flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks other than those mentioned above
  • Gratuities

Minimum number of participants

The course is carried out with a minimum of two participants up to a maximum of 8 participants.


Various dates, every Friday:

Course dates 2024

22.03.2024 - 29.03.2024
26.04.2024 - 03.05.2024
17.05.2024 - 24.05.2024
12.07.2024 - 19.07.2024
02.08.2024 - 09.08.2024
30.08.2024 - 06.09.2024
27.09.2024 - 04.10.2024
01.11.2024 - 08.11.2024
06.12.2024 - 13.12.2024


This course is aimed at participants who want personal enrichment instead of pursuing a formal qualification to become a guide. You will receive an Okavango Guiding certificate to participate in the course.

You don't need any previous knowledge. However, you should have sufficient English language skills have and are generally in good fitness.

More information

Track and Sign course

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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.


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