Guide Course Botswana: Basic Field Guide Training
Be part of a unique wilderness experience and gain rare knowledge about nature and basic skills of a real field guide while being surrounded by unspoiled nature of famous Okavango Delta! Your classroom – the biggest inland delta in the world – happens to be the perfect place for your basic training to become a ranger due to its different ecosystems and impressive wildlife.
The course consists of theoretical and practical units in which you will gain basic knowledge about ecology, geology, zoology, climate and weather as well as skills in bush navigation, tracking, handling a gun and guiding by foot, boat, mokoro and all-terrain vehicle. Always by your side: experienced guides, who will teach you all the secrets of flora and fauna and who will give their expert knowledge to you during theoretical lessons and regular game walks and game drives.
The course is modular, enabling you to join the course for two or four weeks – at a time or in parts.
- Experience a training adventure in the world-renowned Okavango Delta
- Acquire essential ranger knowledge and skills
- Learn from professional and experienced field guides
- Live and learn as part of an international student group
- Get the chance to enjoy breathtaking wildlife sightings
- Spend the night under Africa’s fascinating night sky
- Receive two officially recognised qualifications at the end of the course
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Included in the programme fee
- Placement in the programme
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Assistance with booking flights
- Pre-departure information pack
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Field guide training in Botswana
Experience a unique educational adventure amidst the breathtaking nature of the Okavango Delta and become a certified FGASA or BQA Field Guide within 28 days.
Arrival and orientation in the Okavango Delta
After your arrival at Maun airport/Botswana you will be picked up and taken to your training camp in the Southern Okavango Delta. There you can become familiar with the camp facilities and meet other participants.
Topics of the field guide course in Botswana
During your basic training to become a ranger, experienced guides will teach you topics like geology, ecology, hydrology, astronomy and weather and climate of Botswana and share their expert knowledge with you. You will acquire important navigation skills as well as bush survival skills to be able to orient yourself in the African bush. In addition to that you will be taught the ancient art of tracking and be introduced to Botswana’s flora and fauna.
Depending on the season you will practice how to navigate in a motoring boat or a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe in Southern Africa and common transportation on the Okavango. During long game walks and game drives you will be taken deep into the African bush, increasing your knowledge and hopefully experiencing unique wildlife sightings.
During the course you will participate in wilderness sleep-outs under the incomparable African night sky – this does not only sharpen your senses but also gives you the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in astronomy.
Since it is important to always pay attention when roaming in the bush, you will also get trained in handling a gun to protect yourself. Most of the time your day begins before sunrise: after having a light breakfast, you will leave for Botswana’s wilderness to explore the local flora and fauna. Around noon you will return to the camp, have lunch and a short break and will take part in theoretical lessons. In the late afternoon there will be a second game walk or drive in order to test the skills you have just gained before leaving for the camp at dusk.
All students receive a certificate of attendance after the course is finished. Students, who would like to improve skills on a professional level, can acquire two official qualifications as part of a final exam at the end of the course:
- BQA – level 2: qualification of Botswana Training Authority (BQA), which allows holders to work as guides in Botswana.
- FGASA – level 1: qualification of Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), which allows holders to work as guides in South Africa. If you would like to take the FGASA Level 1 test, you must complete the pre-course workbooks and prepare the required lecture material. In addition, you need to take the four-week course – you can do it in units instead of doing it in one session.
Accommodation as a guide student in Southern Africa
Together with other course participants you will be living in the Kwapa training camp, which is located in Southern Okavango Delta near Qwapa River. You will sleep in a 3x3 meters high wall wilderness style tent which provides a bed, a bed table and a LED-light. Usually, two participants share a tent. The tents are connected to an ensuite-bathroom which provides a typical “bush toilet” and a bucket shower. There also is a large verandah with a stand-basin and a relaxing chair. You will be provided with three daily meals, and also receive coffee and tea throughout the day.
Leisure time during your nature training in Africa
After returning back to camp in the later afternoon you can use the rest of the day for your own activities. Spend time talking to other course students, play games, read a book or simply enjoy the surrounding nature.
Arrival day in Botswana
Typical day in the Basic Field Guide course
Assessment during your field guide training
Last day in the guide course and departure
“The camp is really beautiful, situated right by a river. The smell of wild sage is constantly in the air.”
“It was amazing. I have made zero, zero (and zero is little) negative experiences.”
Justus participated in our 55-days FGASA Field Guide course in Zimbabwe. Below you find some fantastic pictures he took in the untouched nature of Africa:
“I experienced so much and became more and more confident. Now I really enjoy talking to other people and telling them about the African bush.”
“How to sum up my time with NATUCATE? – 55 days of absolute enjoyment!”
“Thank you for everything! It was a great time!”
Anna-Katharina has successfully passed our one-year Professional Field Guide training in Southern Africa. The following review was written during her time in the bush and includes a preliminary conclusion.
1. Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is without doubt one of the most spectacular natural sites in Southern Africa, if not in the entire world. Covering more than 20,000 km², the fertile oasis in the northwestern part of the country is the largest inland delta of our planet. The mighty UNESCO World Heritage Site is fed by the Okavango River, which once a year floods down from the highlands of Angola into an endless labyrinth of river courses, islands and lagoons. With a visit to the Delta, one of the last natural paradises on earth awaits you, whose awe-inspiring biodiversity will amaze every visitor.
Background of the field guide course in Botswana
When joining our field guide training in Botswana you experience an incomparable educational adventure amidst the breathtaking wilderness of the Okavango Delta and become a certified FGASA or BQA Field Guide within four weeks. The course consists of theoretical and practical units in which you will gain essential field guide knowledge. Your classroom – the fascinating Okavango Delta – is the biggest inland delta in the world and stretches about 20.000 sq. km into the Kalahari, one of the biggest deserts worldwide.
The private, unfenced concession area in which your camp is situated is a perfect place for stunning nature and wildlife observations. Resident on the concession are lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, white rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, hippo and much more – an impressive region providing a suitable setting for your personal educational adventure.
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