Wilderness Experience Wilderness Survival Course in Botswana

Your Outdoor-Adventure in the Okavango Delta

Bushcraft and Outdoor-Survival

Are you dreaming about going back to the roots, being really close to nature and experiencing one of the last wild places in Southern Africa? Then take part in this exceptional Wilderness Experience and gain some precious outdoor knowledge and survival skills in the unspoiled nature of the famous Okavango Delta! Experienced safari guides share their expert knowledge in theoretical and practical units about local mammals, birds, plants as well as astronomy with you and your international team. They will also show you the local flora and fauna in Botswana’s wild nature and teach you about reading their tracks in the bush. A main focus lies on the topic “Bushcraft”: Your guide passes on important and sound knowledge as well as survival skills to you that are essential for the life in the bush. Going back into the wild, surviving in nature and experiencing a unique adrenaline rush – this course is an ideal option for participants that are eager to learn and want to experience a real wildlife adventure.

Your camp is situated in the Southern Okavango Delta that was appointed the 1,000th UNESCO world cultural heritage in 2014. The delta of the braided Okavango River expands over 20,000 km2 in the Kalahari Desert and every May the Okavango floods a huge area for a few months and turns the dried up Kalahari into a lush landscape with lagoons, lakes, swamps and small green islands. Situated in a private nature reserve the camp is free of fences or walls and is perfect for observations of nature and wildlife. Especially lions, cheetahs, leopards and also animals like wild dogs, rhinos as well as buffalos, elephants and hippos live in this stunning environment that will be the setting of your personal wildlife education adventure.

Services Our Services

Included

  • Placement in the course
  • Training manual
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Classroom hours
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Excursions
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Game walks
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Game drives
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Accommodation in tents during the course
  • 24/7 support throughout the course
  • All meals during the course
  • Certificate
  • Drinking water, tea, coffee

Not included

  • Flights
  • Further beverages (e.g. liquors, soft drinks, bottled water)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions
  • Visa fees

Botswana

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.AF-012
7 Days 1.850 €

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 Wilderness Experience course, you need to be at least 18 years old and have proficient English skills to understand your guide as well as your study material. Moreover, a certain level of physical fitness is recommended as you will join long walks in the bush every day. To make sure, that your health condition allows those physical exertions, we request a medical confirmation from your doctor and a confirmation of the vaccinations you received. Additionally, you need to get travel health insurance. Besides those requirements you do not need previous experience in the topics you are going to study – it’s way more important for you to be excited about nature, the outdoor‑life and be motivated to learn and participate actively.

 

Please note that the courses are not simply safari excursions. Some teaching is involved as well. However, anybody who wants to further themselves away from their normal day-to-day life will be able to handle what is expected of them. At the end of the this course you will be given a participation certificate.

Details Wilderness Survival Course

Wilderness Survival Course

After you arrive in Maun in Botswana, you will be picked up by a staff member who takes you to the camp, in the Southern Okavango Delta. There you have some time to make yourself comfortable in your tent and get to know the camp as well as your team mates.

In the beginning of your seven-day wilderness training you learn how to navigate and your guide shows you survival skills that are crucial in the African bush. During your stay you get to know the basics of a real safari guide training. Together with your team receive important information about the local plants and animals and learn how to identify their different tracks. If it is the right time of the year, you also get in touch with the mokoro, the traditional dug‑out canoes and learn how to navigate them on the Okavango. Moreover, you broaden your knowledge about your environment and make unforgettable observations of animals in this stunning landscape during your long game walks and drives as well as on motor boat excursions. Another ultimate outdoor‑experience is the overnight stay under Africa’s incredible sky full of stars that sharpens your senses and gives you the opportunity to improve your knowledge in astronomy. In the African bush it is important to be attentive and careful. For safety reasons you will therefore learn to handle a rifle professionally. During the course your guides will also teach you about geology, ecology, hydrology, astronomy, as well as weather and climate in theoretical units.

After you’ve successfully finished the course you will receive a certificate.

 

Subjects covered in the course are:

  • Practical, hands-on experience of navigation in the African wilderness, bush survival skills, the ancient art of tracking, weapons handling, bird and mammal identification
  • Mokoro (dug-out canoe) expeditions (seasonal)
  • Wilderness walks and sleep-outs
  • Motor boating excursions (seasonal)
  • 4×4 vehicle game drives
  • Game walk safaris
  • Stargazing and astronomy
  • Theory lectures and presentations from qualified and knowledgeable trainers on diverse topics ranging from local geology, ecology, and hydrology, to astronomy and weather/climate
 

We realise that some of the people on our projects in Southern Africa want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, in particular the big five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.


Accommodation

Accommodation

Together with your team you will stay in camp Kwapa in the vicinity of the Qwapa river, south of the Okavango Delta. The area shows an impressive diversity in habitats and animals and is therefore well suited for wildlife-studies. In general you will sleep alone in a dome tent (3x3 m) that is furnished with a camp bed, bedding and a LED light on a bed‑side table. There is also an en‑suite area connected to each tent with a typical bush‑toilet and a small shower. On a porch there is a stand‑basin with fresh water and seating accommodations. Every day you will be served meals and can also drink coffee and tea.

 

Everybody interested in volunteering 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.

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