Field Guide training Botswana: Camp Kwapa
Nature travel and field guide course in Afria: Our blog article provides you with useful background knowledge about Camp Kwapa in Botswana.
During your wilderness adventure, you will enjoy Botswana’s stunning nature and experience the beauty of the private nature reserve south of the Okavango Delta that camp Kwapa is situated in. Every year the Okavango River floods wide areas of the Kalahari Desert and transforms the dry region into an oasis of lush vegetation and unique biodiversity. The region gives visitors the opportunity to observe the manifold fauna and to spot the “Big Five” as well as other animals like cheetahs, wild dogs, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, or impalas.
On an area of about 20,000 km² the Okavango River transforms the desert into an exceptional landscape with several lagoons, lakes, and swamps. Besides those aqueous habitats also savanna, mopane forests as well as grass-, swamp- and marshlands dominate the landscape of the region.
Camp Kwapa Details
Camp Kwapa is situated in a private nature reserve in the vicinity of the Qwapa River in Botswana´s North West District. Located south of the Okavango Delta, which was appointed the 1,000th UNESCO world cultural heritage in 2014, the camp lies within the subtropical zone of Africa. The camp is perfect for spotting and observing the diverse wildlife and stunning nature. On various game walks and drives you will get to know the African bush as well as the variety in landscape, flora, and fauna.
Arrival in Botswana
Duration: Approx. 2 hours driving time from Maun
Meeting Point: Usually at 2 pm; pick up is opposite the Maun International Airport (in front of the “Duck Café”)
Life in the camp
Electricity: In general, there is no electricity available in the camp’s tents. There is a community charging area connected to the camp generator. Here you can charge small devices like batteries, solar lamps, cell phones, etc.
Drinking water: The water in the camp is drinkable (filtered water from the Qwapa River). Besides that, you can buy bottled water as well as other beverages in the camp.
Cell phone reception and internet: There is no internet available in the camp and also the reception for mobile phones is very weak. For emergencies there is a satellite telephone available and the camp is also equipped with a radio to contact the office.
Currency: The currency in Botswana is Pula. There’s no ATM in Kwapa – please bring enough cash if you plan to buy beverages in the camp.
Meals and beverages: During the course you will be served three meals a day. If you have special dietary wishes or needs (allergies, special diet), please let us know early enough so the team can prepare for it.
In the camp you have the choice between water, coffee and tea. Besides that, you can also buy the usual soft drinks during your stay that you pay for in cash. If you have special wishes or want to drink alcohol you need to give notice ahead, to make sure they have it once you arrive.
On-site support: During your time in Kwapa an experienced guide will teach you and your team the basics of every safari-guides training and certain survival skills that are essential in the African bush.
Vehicles: During the week of your course you will get to know the African Bush on several game walks and game drives in an ATV (four-wheel drive). Depending on the season and the water level you will also go on excursions with a motorboat or the mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe.