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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
€ 1.980,00 per person for 7 nights in a double tent (single tent supplement € 295,00)
The course is held from four participants up to a maximum of 8 international participants
27.03. - 03.04.2020
01.05. - 08.05.2020
05.06. - 12.06.2020
12.06. - 19.06.2020
19.06. - 26.06.2020
26.06. - 03.07.2020
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
07.08. - 14.08.2020
14.08. - 21.08.2020
21.08. - 28.08.2020
28.08. - 04.09.2020
04.09. - 11.09.2020
11.09. - 18.09.2020
18.09. - 25.09.2020
23.10. - 30.10.2020