Wilderness Experience FAQ Okavango Delta Courses

Basic Field Guide Training, Trails Guide & Bushcraft and Survival Skills

Prior to Arrival

Do I need specific requirements or abilities to apply for this course?

To take part in this course you need to be at least 18 years old and have profound English skills, so you can communicate with your team and understand the learning material that is given to you. It is also important to be physically fit, as there will be game walks on a regular basis and temperatures can get very high at times. This applies particularly when joining the Trail Guide course. Besides that you do not need previous experiences to participate; only your curiosity and motivation to learn as well as an excitement for nature and the outdoor-life in general are important. For questions concerning visa requirements you should consult the website of the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) or contact the NATUCATE-Team directly.

Which services are included?

Before you head off to your outdoor adventure, we discuss your journey in detail and give you advice concerning the organization of your trip. Moreover we place you in the course and assist you (if requested) with finding suitable travel insurance and flights. Once you arrived in Maun, our partner will pick you up at the airport and take you to the camp. After the course has ended a transfer for the way back to the airport will be organized as well. During the course you will sleep in your own dome tent and there will be three meals a day including water, coffee and tea. During the course there will be excursions, game walks as well as game drives on a regular basis – the training sessions and lectures are also included in the price. Costs for flights, travel insurances and a possible VISA are not included.

Do I need certain medical precautions, are there requirements?

In general you do not need special vaccination if you depart from Germany but we would recommend tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps and rubella before every journey. Moreover you should take the medication you need with you, as the health care may not be sufficient. You should also consider vaccination for hepatitis A and if you want to stay longer even hepatitis B, typhus and rabies. In Botswana also infectious diseases like malaria are common and you can consider taking medication as a prophylactic measure. Before your departure you should consult your doctor about possible dangers, vaccinations and protection measures. Moreover you should consult the website of the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) to get information about possible travel and safety advice. Travel insurance is compulsory when participating in any of the courses.

What kind of equipment should I take with me?

You should bring waterproof clothes, sturdy boots, long and light trousers as well as a hat and enough sunscreen for daily excursions. Moreover you should take longer clothes with you, as it can get cold during the nights and in the morning. In general you should also mind the colours of your clothes. To blend in the landscape colours like beige, khaki and ochre are perfect. A pair of binoculars is necessary for the time of the course and you should also bring your driver’s license (if you have one), a bottle, insect repellant and a head lamp. You will receive a detailed packing list after booking.

Arrival

How do I arrive at my destination, do I have to organize it myself?

On the day the course starts (usually on a Friday), you will be picked up by a team member on the Maun airport and transferred to the camp south of the Okavango Delta. We will support you with the organization of your journey to Maun airport but you need to do the bookings on your own.

On site

How is the course structured?

This applies to the Basic Field Guide Training, the Trails Guide course as well as the Bushcraft and Survival course: After your arrival in the camp there will be a short introduction and you will have time to make yourself comfortable. In the afternoon you will head off to your first game drive in the African bush. In the evening you will return to the camp and have dinner at the campfire. The following days start very early with a game drive, before you will return to the camp to avoid the midday heat and have a small lunch. In the afternoon you will start another activity and return to the camp at dinnertime. After dinner you can enjoy some free time in the camp. The courses always provide a mixture of theoretical and practical units.

What is the size of the group?

The will be 8 persons at maximum.

What is the accommodation like?

With your team you will stay in a camp near the Qwapa River. The camp is situated south of the Okavango Delta, in a private nature reserve and you will sleep in your own dome tent (3x3m). On demand you can also share a tent with another person. Your tent is equipped with a bed, bedding, a bed-side table with a LED-light and an en-suite area including bush toilet and a bucket shower. On a small porch in front of your tent you will also find a stand basin and seating accommodation. Moreover there is a community area with more seating accommodations around a campfire, a lecture room and an area to prepare the meals. Electricity will be provided by a generator.

Is it possible to be accommodated with a partner?

In general it is possible to share an accommodation – please notify us in advance so the team can prepare your room accordingly.

Will the meals be prepared or do I have to buy and prepare my own groceries?

During your time in the camp you will be served three meals a day with typical local ingredients. Breakfast usually consists of an option of rusks, toast (with various spreads), porridge, yogurt and cereals. Lunch is served around 12 pm and consists of a hot dish with fresh baked bread and salads/vegetables. For dinner you will be provided with a hot meat dish with a starch and either salad or vegetables. Simple snacks like crisps and peanuts with raisins will be available for students to take on excursions. Besides water you can also drink coffee and tea during the day or if you would like to drink something else, you can buy other beverages in the camp. If you wish to drink something besides the “typical” soft drinks or alcohol you should tell us before your departure as the team would need to organize it in advance. Moreover please also inform us about special dietary needs (allergies, vegetarian etc.), as the team needs to prepare for that as well.

Is it possible to get vegetarian meals?

With a notice ahead it is possible to eat vegetarian during the time of your course.

Do I have a contact person on site?

On site there is always someone there for you, who will help you with questions and problems. You can also contact the NATUCATE Team whenever needed.

How can I contact family and friends at home?

All participants should be prepared to have little to no reception and no internet connection during the course. You can use the time in Maun after your arrival and before your departure to contact family and friends.

What is the weather/climate like?

As the camp is located in the subtropical area of southern Africa, it is generally very hot during the daytime in Botswana's summer months (mid-September to April). In the evening it cools down but the nights are still warm. Moreover there are occasional rain falls during the summer months (mostly in the afternoon), which is why we recommend knee-long raincoats for your stay in summer. During winter (May to August), temperatures can drop to 0°C and rise to about 25°C during the day. You should prepare for those temperature fluctuations by dressing in layers.

Is alcohol consumption allowed?

As this course is intended to provide a learning experience, we would recommend to only consume alcohol in moderation, if any. If you would like to drink alcohol, you can buy it in the camp – you need to give notice ahead, so the team can prepare accordingly. It is not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages into the camp.

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