A unique once-in-a-lifetime experience...
...awaits you in the unforgettable Okavango wilderness if you wish to become an FGASA or BQA registered field guide (FGASA Level 1/ BQA Level 2) through our affordable nature guide courses.
Imagine getting up close and personal with the Big Five on foot, tracking herds of buffalo from island to island, gliding through pristine delta channels by motorboat or canoe, traversing rivers and deep sand by 4×4 off-road vehicle, and swapping stories around a campfire under the starry African sky.
Learn all this and much more on our FGASA or BQA Field Guide Training (FGASA Level 1/ BQA Level 2), which is not only for experienced and aspiring wildlife/safari/bush guides, but also for "adventure tourists" looking for a unique, life-changing bush experience in a remote African wilderness full of wildlife.
14 or 28 nights
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
This course takes place at Kwapa Trails Camp. The Meru-style tents have en-suite bathrooms with bucket showers and bush toilets. Each tent is equipped with two camp beds, sheets, pillow, duvet and towels. There is a battery-powered LED lamp in the tents. There is a sink and camping chairs on the covered veranda.
Important: Even as a participant who is not seeking certification, you will be required to complete a minimum of exams and game drives. This is not a cheap safari, it is a guide school.
No previous experience is required for this course. It is important that you are clear about what your course objective is when you book.
You should have sufficient English language skills and a generally good level of fitness.
The African Guide Academy trainer will meet all participants at the PPCC Indian restaurant opposite Maun Airport at 14h00. This allows participants to arrive on the international flights on the first day of the course (flights normally land around 13h15). Participants will then be given the opportunity to purchase drinks, snacks, etc. before the approximate 2-hour road transfer to Kwapa Camp. Please note that participants arriving after 2.30pm will need to find accommodation in Maun and pay the U$70.00 for an unscheduled transfer to Kwapa Camp the next day.
After arriving at Kwapa Camp in the late afternoon, the remainder of the first day consists mainly of orientation and briefing on the assessment process used for this course.
Kwapa Camp on the banks of the Kwapa River in the Okavango Delta operates on a 'duty-guide' system. Every day there are two duty guides who help with waking up and preparing breakfast. One duty guide leads the morning activity, the other the afternoon activity. Each activity lasts about 3 hours. After returning from the morning activity at around 10.00 am, there is a coffee and tea break.
The trainer then discusses the performance of the morning activity with the duty guide, and gives the participant the opportunity to comment on his/her own strengths and weaknesses. The group then discusses these points and provides constructive criticism. Finally, the facilitator adds the points that he/she thinks could have been handled differently. At each meal, the duty guides are encouraged to host the group, using appropriate hosting techniques, such as keeping conversation going throughout the meal and ensuring that drinks are always available and that all 'guests' get what they need before they start eating.
06h00 - 10h00: Morning activity / training session.
10h00 - 11h00: Tea & coffee break
11h00 - 12h00: Lecture
12h00 - 13h00: Lunch
13h00 - 14h00: Showers and rest time
14h00 - 15h00: Presentation of the candidates (topic to be discussed with the moderator). Discussion about the content and technique of the presentation.
15h00 - 18h00: Afternoon activity / training session.
18.30 - 19.30: Review of afternoon activity / training session.
19.30 - 20.30: Dinner and conclusion of the daily activities.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
After the morning activity and breakfast, we return to Maun in time to catch your international flight.
Please note that this is only a rough outline and can and will change depending on guests' needs and external factors.
Kwapa Camp - Okavango Delta - 7 nights
EUR 3.839,00 per person per module (14 nights) in double tents
(single-tent-supplement: EUR 576,00)
EUR 4.030,00 per person per module (14 nights) in double tents
(single-tent-supplement: EUR 605,00)
Drinks other than those mentioned above can be purchased in Maun before departure to Kwapa Camp
The course is run with only 4 to a maximum of 8 participants (plus the sponsored local participant).
Module A = 1. Teil (14 days)
Module B = 2. Teil (14 days)
Course dates 2022
Module A: 07.10.2022 - 21.10.2022
Module B: 21.10.2022 - 04.11.2022
Module A: 02.12.2022 - 16.12.2022
Module B: 16.12.2022 - 30.12.2022
Course dates 2023
Modul A: 24.02.2023 - 10.04.2023
Modul B: 10.04.2023 - 24.04.2023
Modul A: 21.04.2023 - 05.05.2023
Modul B: 05.05.2023 - 19.05.2023
Modul A: 16.06.2023 - 30.06.2023
Modul B: 30.06.2023 - 17.07.2023
Modul A: 11.08.2023 - 25.08.2023
Modul B: 25.08.2023 - 08.09.2023
Modul A: 06.10.2023 - 20.10.2023
Modul B: 20.10.2023 - 03.11.2023
Modul A: 01.12.2023 - 15.12.2023
Modul B: 15.12.2023 - 29.12.2023
For every four-week course we run, AGA sponsors a local guide!
To preserve our unique habitat for future generations, we give back to local communities by sponsoring a dedicated local guide for every four-week course we run for international students. Last year, AGA donated more than $50 000 to train the local communities who are ultimately the custodians of one of Africa's last remaining true wilderness areas.
This offer is not suitable for people with limited mobility. But here too, please contact us. We can adapt your trip to suit your individual needs, also taking into account any mobility restrictions.
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.