Die Studenten blicken waehrend eines Ausflugs des Rangerkurses in den botswanischen Busch auf den Sonnenuntergang

Your trip at a glance


  • Experi­ence a training adventure in the fasci­nating Okavango Delta
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills of a Trails Guide
  • Learn from experi­enced rangers
  • Be part of an inter­na­tional team
  • Get the chance to enjoy stunning wildlife sightings
  • Spend the night under Africa’s incom­pa­rable night sky
  • Receive two officially recog­nised quali­fi­ca­tions at the end of the course


Okavango Delta

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Ein Guide sitzt in einem Boot auf einem Gewaesser im afrikanischen Busch
Ein Guide faehrt zusammen mit zwei angehenden Rangern ueber ein Gewaesser im afrikanischen Busch
Teilnehmer des Natur- und Rangerkurses waten durch ein flaches Gewaesser waehrend einer Pirschwanderung
Ein Guide entdeckt waehrend einer Pirschwanderung einen Elefanten in direkter Naehe
Die Teilnehmer des Natur- und Rangerkurses halten auf einer Anhoehe im afrikanischen Busch Ausschau nach Wildtieren
Die Studenten des Rangerkurses wandern im Rahmen einer Pirschwanderung in direkter Naehe einer Giraffenherde
Eine Studentin sitzt vor dem Eingang ihrer Huette und erholt sich von einer Pirschwanderung
Die Studenten des Rangerkurses erhalten im Busch sitzend eine Unterrichtsstunde von ihrem Guide
Ein grosses Zelt dient als Unterkunft sowie als Forschungsstation fuer die Studenten des Rangerkurses in Afrika

Trails Guide course in Botswana

As a participant of this specific wilderness experience you will enjoy a high-quality training as a FGASA or BQA certified Trails Guide within 28 days and will explore the unique flora and fauna of this gigantic ecosystem in an incomparable way.

Aussicht auf den Sonnenuntergang bei einem Ausflug in den afrikanischen Busch

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in the Okavango Delta

After arriving at Maun airport/Botswana, you will be picked up by an airport transfer which takes to your training camp in the Southern part of the Okavango Delta. There you can familiarize yourself with the camp facilities and meet other course participants.

Die Studenten des Rangerkurses erhalten im Busch sitzend eine Unterrichtsstunde von ihrem Guide

Course topics: Trails Guide training in Africa

During your training to become a Trails Guide you will gain skills and knowledge of a Walking Guide in the African bush. You will focus on game walks, survival training, tracking, and rifle handling. Theoretical units will be part of the course just like hands-on practical training: early afternoon lessons in the camp’s own classroom will provide you with knowledge about Southern Africa’s nature: through lectures and presentations in the fields of geology, ecology, astronomy, weather and climate.

Studenten des Rangerkurses lernen fuer ihren Rangerausbildung im Camp

In the morning and in the late afternoon you will leave for the bush with your guide to train essential navigation, survival, and guiding skills. This way you learn how to safely approach wild animals, how to drive a motorboat and a mokoro, how animal tracking works and you will sharpen your senses during wilderness sleep-outs. The daily shooting training is very important since being a Trails Guide requires to lead your safari guests safely through the wild and therefore, to pay attention the entire time while roaming the African wilderness. This way you learn different shooting techniques and practice them on a regular basis.

Die Teilnehmer des Natur- und Rangerkurses in Afrika essen im Camp zu Mittag

Students who take part in the course for personal enrichment will get a certificate of attendance after the course is over. Students who would like to improve their skills on a professional level can gain three official qualifications as part of a final exam at the end:

  • BQA Back Up Trails Guide: qualification of the Botswana Training Authority (BQA)
  • FGASA Trails Guide NQF2: qualification of the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA). You can do the FGASA qualification as Apprentice Trails Guide as an extra together with the obligatory examination for BQA certificate.
  • AGA Back-Up Trails Guide
Eine Studentin sitzt vor dem Eingang ihrer Huette und erholt sich von einer Pirschwanderung

Accom­mo­da­tion as a future Trails Guide in Botswana

The Kwapa training camp, located in Southern Okavango Delta close to Qwapa River, will be your home during your time in the Trails Guide course. You will be accommodated in a 3x3 meters high wall wilderness style tent which provides a bed, a night table and a LED-light.

Accommodation is single but twin is available on request. Moreover, there is an ensuite-bathroom connected to the tents providing a bucket shower and a typical “bush toilet”. Besides daily meals you will be offered tea and coffee throughout the day.

Ein grosses Zelt dient als Unterkunft sowie als Forschungsstation fuer die Studenten des Rangerkurses in Afrika

Leisure time during your Trails Guide in Southern Africa

The evening hours can usually be used for your own activities. You can play games, read a book, spend time talking to other course students or simply enjoy the surrounding nature.

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    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.

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Background of the Trails Guide training in Botswana

Your heart's beating faster. You know that he is close. The tracks in the sand are fresh and all the birds in the area are sounding the alarm. You know what you have to do. You check the wind direction one last time and sneak up into a thicket. The group that you are leading follows your instruction and in the thickets you wait. Suddenly some movement in the open in front of you: A big male Lion raises his head and checks the area. But he does not see you. After some time the lion starts slowly walking away. And finally, you have time to take a deep breath.

That's what a lion encounter feels like during the trails guide course in the wilderness of Botswana. In the midst of Botswana's famous Okavango Delta, you have the opportunity to break free from your everyday life. Leave all human disturbances behind and experience Africa's untouched nature like never before.

The course gives you the opportunity, as a rookie or as an experienced field guide, to explore the African bush as intensely as possible. If you have the Apprentice Field Guide (former Field Guide Level 1) certificate, this course gives you the option to broaden your knowledge and get the Apprentice Trails Guide certificate. But also all wilderness explorers are invited to take part and to immerse themselves into Africa's wild and breathtaking nature!


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