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Ranger Training Botswana for international tourists

Bush Skills Course.

SELF experience. learning for life. nature conservation.

We offer our safari courses in cooperation with the Okavango Guiding School in Maun/Botswana. It is owned and operated by the Reed family. The Reed family has a long tradition in nature conservation and the training of rangers and game guides.

The primary goal is to educate local inhabitants for nature conservation, on the one hand as a source of income for the families, and on the other hand to show again and again that nature conservation brings in more than poaching. The project is financed through the participation of interested tourists.

The professional courses last between 14 and 28 days and form the basis for a professional future. The Bush-Skills course lasts only one week and consists of the highlights of the professional courses and should offer a good overview. International guests generally do not book the courses to become rangers themselves, but to have an intensive nature experience and to expand their own knowledge. It is especially suitable for guests who want to do a larger self-drive tour through the bush.

Course length:

7 Nights

Starting point:

Meeting point is opposite the airport of Maun at 14 o'clock on the first day of the course. The time is chosen so that international arrivals can be arranged.

Accommodation:

The Kwapa Camp has nine 3 x 4 tents in Meru style with a short passage to an en-suite bathroom with bush shower and a camping toilet. Each tent is equipped with two camp beds, bed linen, pillows, blankets and towels. A battery-operated LED light is provided and there is a comfortable chair on the covered veranda.

Accommodation is on a communal basis with the option of an extra charge for single occupancy.

Activities:

  • Game walks - including approaching the big game on foot.
  • Game Drive Skills
  • Navigation and tracking skills
  • Overnight stays in the wilderness
  • Star Observation / Astronomy
  • Theoretical Lectures with PowerPoint Presentations
  • Mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions (depending on water level)
  • Motor boating (according to water level)

Goals and qualification of the participants:

OGS Bush Skills Certificate: This course is designed for students who want personal enrichment rather than formal guide qualification. You will receive an Okavango Guiding Certificate for participation in the course.

You do not need any previous knowledge. However, you should have sufficient English language skills and be in good general shape.

A typical week at Kwapa Camp:

First day: The Okavango Guiding School trainer meets all students at the PPCC Indian Restaurant opposite Maun Airport at 2 pm. This allows students to arrive on international flights on the first day of the course (these flights usually land at 13.15). Participants will then have the opportunity to purchase drinks, sweets or other personal needs before embarking on the two-hour road transfer to Kwapa Camp. After arriving at the camp in the late afternoon, the remainder of this first day consists primarily of orientation and familiarization with the course of the coming days. Catering: Dinner

Daily activities: Every morning we wake up early for breakfast and head out into the wilderness. The route we take and the means of transport we use are based on the wildlife movement and specific destinations for the day. Wilderness trips are made on foot, by open jeep, by motorboat or by mokoro (dugout canoe). We return to the camp late in the morning for a short talk on one of our topics.

A hearty lunch will be served at camp, followed by time for shower, siesta and personal learning. Tea will be served in the afternoon, followed by another wilderness lesson and dinner.

During the week in Kwapa we will also make a sleep-out for which we will only take the absolute minimum equipment with us. We drive to a remote place and make camp for the night where we spend the night under the stars. The next day we return to the camp before lunch. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Last day: After breakfast we return to Maun in time for the guests who have international flights. Meals - Breakfast

Please note that the above procedure is only a rough overview, which may change depending on the needs of the participants or other external factors.

Costs:

€ 1.980,00 per person for 7 nights in a double tent (single tent supplement € 295,00)

Included in the tour price:

  • Accommodation in a two-person tent (single use against surcharge)
  • All meals at Kwapa Training Camp
  • Well water, tea and coffee
  • All trainings and activities
  • Transfer from Maun back to Kwapa Camp
  • Complete compensation of your CO2 footprint generated on this trip

Not included in the tour price:

  • Travel insurance and flights
  • personal expenditures
  • drinks other than those mentioned above - these can be bought in Maun before going to the Kwapa camp.
  • FGASA/ BQA Registration and Exam Fees

Minimum number of participants:

The course is held from four participants up to a maximum of 8 international participants

Dates (always Fridays):

March:
27.03. - 03.04.2020

May:
01.05. - 08.05.2020

June:
05.06. - 12.06.2020
12.06. - 19.06.2020
19.06. - 26.06.2020
26.06. - 03.07.2020

July:
03.07. - 10.07.2020
10.07. - 17.07.2020
17.07. - 24.07.2020
24-07. - 31.07.2020
31.07. - 07.08.2020

August:
07.08. - 14.08.2020
14.08. - 21.08.2020
21.08. - 28.08.2020
28.08. - 04.09.2020

September:
04.09. - 11.09.2020
11.09. - 18.09.2020
18.09. - 25.09.2020

October:
23.10. - 30.10.2020

Photos and video of the course:

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