Bush Skill Course (closed group only)

Ranger Training: Your basic wildlife course in Botswana

Bush Skill Course (closed group only)

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Besides practical skills there is also a little theory to learn. But of course this also happens in the bush.
How to deal with potentially dangerous situations? This is where you learn.
The mastery of traditional mokoros - dugout canoes - is also taught here.
Also the spying of tracks from the off-road vehicle has to be learned.
How do you get as close as possible to the animals? The correct approach is a real art.

Tour Details


The Bush Skills course is designed for international travellers seeking a personal African bush and wildlife experience, full of wilderness adventure and new practical and theoretical knowledge.

This 7-day course at Kwapa Camp in the southern Okavango Delta teaches excerpts from the advanced courses for nature guides and hiking guides. This course is also an ideal introduction for guests who want an intensive self-drive safari. While there are informative "lectures", most of the training takes place in nature on foot, in 4x4 vehicles and, depending on water level, by boat and mokoro (dugout canoe) and covers basic survival techniques, 4x4 driving skills, wilderness hiking, animal tracking, facts about dangerous mammals, geology of the delta, astronomy for navigation and knowledge about birds and crops.

Start location

Airport Maun

End location

Airport Maun


Bush Skill Course (closed group only)

Course length:

7 nights

Starting point:

Meeting point is opposite Maun airport at 2pm on the first day of the course. The time is chosen to fit in with international arrivals


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

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


  • Game walks - including approaching big game on foot.
  • Game Drive Skills
  • Navigation and tracking skills
  • Overnight stays in the wilderness
  • Stargazing / astronomy
  • Theoretical lectures with PowerPoint presentations
  • Mokoro (dugout canoe) trips (depending on water level)
  • Motorboat driving (depending on water level)

Objectives and qualifications of the participants:

OGS Bush Skills Certificate: This course is aimed at participants who want personal enrichment rather than pursuing a formal guide qualification. You will receive an Okavango Guiding Certificate for attending the course.

You do not need any previous experience. However, you should have sufficient English language skills and a generally good level of fitness.

A typical week at Kwapa Camp:

First day: the African Guide Academy trainer meets all students at the PPCC Indian Restaurant opposite Maun Airport at 14h00. This allows participants 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 buy drinks, sweets or other personal needs before embarking on the two-hour road transfer to Kwapa Camp. After arriving at camp in the late afternoon, the remainder of this first day consists primarily of orientation and familiarisation with the schedule for the days ahead. Meals: Dinner

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

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

During the week in Kwapa we will also have a sleep-out, for which we will take only the bare minimum of equipment. We drive to a remote location and set up camp for the night, spending the night under the stars. The next day we return to camp before lunch. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

Please note that the above itinerary is only a rough outline and may change depending on the needs of the participants or other external factors.


Kwapa Camp - Okavango Delta - 7 nights


This course can now only be booked as a group, i.e. it will only be held if an existing group of two to eight participants registers together. Prices are on request. Please simply contact us about this.


  • 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 journey


  • 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

This course can now only be booked as a group, i.e. it will only be held if an existing group of two to eight participants registers together.


on request


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.

Itinerary Details

All information including the exact route, accommodation and highlights can be found here:
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* Detailed Itinerary
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This offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. But also here applies: Please contact us. We can also adapt your trip to suit your individual needs, taking any mobility restrictions into account.

We strongly advise you to complete a foreign health insurance, which also covers repatriation to your home country. We offer appropriate insurance through our partner TravelSecure.de.

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