Wilderness trails course

Ranger Training - Searching for clues in the Okavango Delta

Wilderness trails course

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We carefully try to approach the animals without them noticing us.
We are very close to nature!
The zebras haven't noticed us yet!
In the evening, we set up our camp and enjoy the stories and pictures of the day.
When it gets dark, we hear the animal sounds even more intensely!

Travel details


Back to basics...

This course is a slightly gentler version of the real Primitive Trails and is ideal for hiking guides who want to collect a significant number of hours in a short period of time, or for those who simply want to switch off from their hectic lives and reconnect with the wilderness.

A mix of wild camping and sleeping under the stars and a minimalistic wilderness camp. With no vehicles and no signs of human hands, this is an authentic wilderness trail.

The course can be completed as an independent experience or added to the end of our hiking guide course to increase your hiking hours and bring you closer to your qualification as a “back-up hiking guide” (BQA) or “hiking guide trainee” (FGASA).

Whichever way you do it, you won't regret it.

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Traveling with a small group
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Individual trip - booked especially for you
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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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This trip includes a course or training






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


A lightweight 2-person hiking tent with mattress, sleeping bag, inner sleeping bag and pillow


  • Practical experience with navigating the African wilderness, bush survival techniques, the ancient art of tracking, bird and mammal identification, and much more...
  • Hikes and overnight stays in the wilderness.
  • Detecting and tracking wild animals.
  • Encountering and approaching potentially dangerous animals on foot.
  • 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 easy experience in the bush to help 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:

This course is not an independent qualification. Participants receive a certificate of attendance. All hours spent on the trail can be counted towards a current or later trail guide qualification.

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. We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance that covers your overnight stay and unscheduled transfer to camp in case your flight is drastically delayed.

Daily activities:
Each morning, we wake up early, have a light breakfast, and set off on foot into the wilderness. We return to our camp for lunch and take a break. In the afternoon, we set off on foot in another direction.
We will spend a maximum of 3 nights in our wilderness camp before moving on to another location on foot. Depending on the water level, we will load our equipment into mokoros (dugboats) or the equipment will be transported by vehicle while we take our supplies for the day.

Last day:
We walk or take the Mokoro back to Kwapa Training Camp, where a vehicle is waiting for us to take us 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.


Tent - 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

  • Rustic accommodation in small two-person tents
  • Easy meals in the bush
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • All trainings and activities
  • Scheduled transfers from Maun to Kwapa Camp and back
  • Full compensation of your carbon footprint generated on this tour

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 appointments, every Friday.

Course dates 2024

15.03.2024 - 22.03.2024
19.04.2024 - 26.04.2024
10.05.2024 - 17.05.2024
14.06.2024 - 21.06.2024
05.07.2024 - 12.07.2024
09.08.2024 - 16.08.2024
06.09.2024 - 13.09.2024
25.10.2024 - 01.11.2024
29.11.2024 - 06.12.2024


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Wilderness trails 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.If you want


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