Wilderness Experience Trails Guide Course

28-day Trails Guide course

Trails Guide

You are fancy taking time-out from your normal routine? You always dreamt about a great adventure in Africa? Then the Trails Guide course is tailor-made for you. You will spend 28 memorable days either in the biodiversity of Makuleke, South Africa or Mashatu, Botswana, learning how vital safety is in the heart of the bush. Opt for nature training in a special place which provides the best conditions for a Trails Guide course, thanks to the virtually unspoilt environment. Experienced instructors will teach you about the wonders of the African wild and help you to improve your Field Guide skills day by day.

You can admire 75% of all of the species which call Krüger National Park home in the 24,000 hectare Makuleke game reserve, which makes hikes in this area particularly worthwhile. The camp in Mashatu is located in the so-called "Land of the Giants". This captivating landscape boasts majestic rock formations, a wide variety of vegetation and copious wildlife.

Services Our Services

Included

  • Placement in the course
  • Transport between campsites
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Excursions
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Game walks
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Game drives
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Classroom hours
  • Accommodation during the course
  • Certificate
  • All meals during the course
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Drinking water
  • 24/7 support throughout the course

Not included

  • Flights
  • Entrance fee to Kruger National Park (Camp Makuleke)
  • Travel insurance
  • Border crossing fee (Camp Mashatu)
  • Visa fees
  • Teaching material
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • FGASA registration, exam fees and workbooks
  • Accommodation outside course hours
  • Further beverages (e.g. liquors, soft drinks, bottled water)
  • Transport outside course hours
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions

Botswana | South Africa: Dates

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.AF-005
28 Days 3.250 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the rand, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

Requirements

Requirements

To participate in this course you must be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English. You don’t need any specialist knowledge. It's far more important for you to be interested in nature, enthusiastic about wildlife and willing to gain new knowledge. However, you will need a PFTC certificate for this course in order to be able to use the weapons. You will also need to pass the “Field Guide Level I” course if you want a certificate after this course. We will also require a certificate of vaccination and a doctor's certificate confirming that you are healthy and fit enough to take part in the course. You also need to participate in a Skype interview as part of the application process. Before departing to Southern Africa you need to make sure to get travel insurance. We recommend that you apply early as experience has shown that your chance of obtaining a place in the project is better if you do so. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us anytime.

 

Everyone interested in the courses Professional Field Guide, Field Guide Level 1, Safari Guide and Trails Guide should be aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The courses have a set content and deal with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English are part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers.

Please note that the courses are not simply safari excursions but require effort. But if you are interested and also willing to learn something completely new, the challenges and tasks will be manageable for you. You should not get discouraged – feel free to contact us so we can discuss the detailed learning plan and explain the general procedure of the courses to you.

Details Trails Guide Training

Course Details

Course Details

You will spend your first night in Johannesburg, before being picked up and brought to the course. This course will give you an insight into the art of following tracks and teach you how to guide people on foot through the natural environment. You and your team will set off on tours with an experienced ranger as the sun goes up and just before sunset to research the environment . Even the smallest detail in the natural environment can provide an insight into the secrets of the African natural landscape. The midday is used for the theory elements of the course. You will be provided with fundamental information about the various animal and plant species and wildlife behaviour. When it comes to the African bush, survival often depends on being able to assess and evaluate situations quickly.

If you have already finished the Field Guide Level I course, you can apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in this course in order to be certified as a backup guide at the end. In addition to the teaching units and excursions, your schedule will also involve learning how to handle a gun. You will be brought back to Johannesburg at the end of your course before continuing your travels or returning home.

 

Subjects covered in this course are

  • Introduction Trails Guiding
  • Situational Awareness
  • Animal Tracks and Behavior
  • Dangerous Game Knowledge and Behavior
  • Rifle Handling
  • Animal Behavior
  • Navigation and Orientation

Accommodation

Your accommodation for the duration of the Trails Guide course in Southern Africa will be in either stilt houses (Makuleke) or two-man tents (Mashatu). When staying in Makuleke you will have access to your own bathroom attached to the stilt house. Shared bathrooms are available in Mashatu. All camps have a large common room for training, eating together and spending evenings with the group. The camps are not fenced in, and tourists have no access to the site. This gives you a special connection to the natural environment and allows you to enjoy the remoteness of your location.

You will be provided with an early morning snack, a hearty brunch, a light midday meal and a hot meal in the evening. Tea, coffee and tap water are available throughout the day, and fruit juice is also provided at mealtimes. The camp is not connected to the electricity grid, but gets the power that it needs from generators. This means that you will have some ability to charge electronic devices when the generators are up and running. A laundry service is also available in return for a small fee. The camps use solar lamps and satellite telephones for emergencies, as mobile reception is generally quite poor.

 

Everybody interested in our Wilderness Experiences abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.


Leisure Time

Leisure Time

The Trails Guide course is worthwhile right from the very start. You will soon get to know the other participants in the camp, with whom you will be spending the next four weeks in these fascinating surroundings. You can make good use of your spare time together. For example, getting to grips with the topic of the day, while leaning against the cool surface of a shady rock. Or you can do an explanatory trip in the area together with other adventurers. From theory to practice: do the 28-day Trails Guide course and learn what life-changing in the African bush feels like.

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