Nahaufnahme eines Pfotenabdrucks im afrikanischen Sand

Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • Enjoy a fasci­nating training adventure in Southern Africa
  • Acquire essential knowledge about the tracks of Africa’s wildlife
  • Discover the fasci­nating wilder­ness on daily game walks
  • Live and learn together with an inter­na­tional team
  • Get an official tracking certifi­cate

Locations

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Camp Selati
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Camp Karongwe
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Camp Mashatu
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Camp Makuleke

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  • Included in the programme fee
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    • Assistance with travel arrangements
    • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
    • Assistance with booking flights
    • Pre-departure information pack
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Ein Guide erklaert zwei Teilnehmern verschiedene Spuren im Sand im Morgengrauen
Eine Gruppe von Teilnehmern hockt zusammen mit dem Guide am Boden und liest Spuren im Sand
Nahaufnahme zweier Elefantenfuesse eines Elefanten, der in einer entspannten Position steht
Ein Guide und seine Gruppe an Teilnehmern wandern auf einer Pirschwanderung durch den Busch
Nahaufnahme eines Pfotenabdrucks im afrikanischen Sand
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Animal tracking in Southern Africa

In this course you learn how to recognise the tracks of Southern Africa’s wild animals, to follow them and to read their behaviour while experiencing the pristine landscapes of South Africa and Botswana from up close.

Eine Gruppe von Teilnehmern hockt zusammen mit dem Guide am Boden und liest Spuren im Sand

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in Africa

You will arrive in Johannesburg one day before the course begins and spend one night in the city. On the next morning you will be picked up and taken to your camp. At the end of the course you will be transferred back to Johannesburg to continue your journey or to go back home.

Nahaufnahme eines Pfotenabdrucks im Sand und einer menschlichen Hand zum Groessenvergleich

Activ­i­ties as a tracking course student

You and your group will set off for your first excursion of the day in the early hours of the morning, where you will get some practical experience with finding tracks and tracking animals in the African wilderness. You will return to camp before noon and spend the hot midday hours with theoretical teaching units covering the landscape and the animals that live there. The focus will be on recognising the tracks left by various animals so that you can match them up and identifying their calls. You will also learn about how these animals behave and how to assess them. You will also be taught how to determine how recent tracks are.

Nahaufnahme eines Leoparden mit entspannter Koerperhaltung

The group will set off for its second excursion of the day in the afternoon to apply the theory in the wilderness. You will interpret the tracks that you find as a group along with your professional course leader, match them up to the right animal and follow them. The seven-day course will train you in the fundamentals of animal tracks and how to interpret them. The 14-day course builds on what you learned in the seven-day course. You have the chance to be given a certificate at the end of the course after passing a test. This certificate is issued by FGASA.

Eine durch Stelzen leicht erhoehte Huette mit Veranda im Camp

Accom­mo­da­tion in Southern Africa

You will share your accommodation with another member of the group in stilt houses with a connected WC and shower or two-man tents with shared bathroom facilities. You receive three to four meals per day. The camps' electricity comes from generators, because they have no connection to the power grid. The camps also use solar lamps and satellite telephones for emergencies, as mobile reception is generally quite poor.

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Leisure time during your outdoor adventure

During the course you will have several free afternoons and evenings which you can use for relaxing or learning. Depending on the camp you have the chance to play volleyball or table tennis, to borrow a book from the library or to play cards.

Learn what others say about their Natucate adventure.

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Review Tracking and Field Guide Level 1 Africa – Katrin

“During these excursions our practical skills got tested: Guiding, driving, tracking, trees, animal behaviour – we literally dealt with anything that crossed our path.”

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Review Photos Tracking and Wildlife Photography South Africa – Gunter

Gunter took part in our Tracking as well as in our Wildlife Photography course in South Africa. Here you can find some fascinating impressions of his unforgettable time in the midst of wild nature:

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Review Safari Guide South Africa – Katharina

“Enjoy your time in the bush and savour each moment. Each day is different: you can learn, see, hear, feel and smell something new all the time.”

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Review Safari Guide Botswana – Lisa

“When I started the course, my goal was to simply be in nature and watch various animals – “back to the roots” so to speak. These expectations were more than exceeded.”

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    1. Camp Selati

    Camp Selati is located west of the world-famous Kruger National Park. Situated directly on the banks of the Selati River, it is a wonderful observation point for numerous wild animals that cool off from the South African heat in the water of the river.
    By participating in an advanced training course in the wilderness of the Selati Game Reserve, you are choosing one of the most interesting regions on the African continent. 33,000 hectares offer plenty of space for a species-rich fauna and flora which you can immerse yourself into during daily game drives and bush walks.

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    2. Camp Karongwe

    The South African camp Karongwe is situated at the mostly dried out riverbed of the Karongwe River, in the middle of an area of about 9000 hectares, which will impress you by its biodiversity as well as by its picturesque landscapes.

    Nearby you can find the breathtaking Kruger National Park, well-known as one of the largest protected areas in South Africa. Immerse yourself into the spectacular natural landscapes during daily game drives and bush walks, experience the biodiversity of the Karongwe Game Reserve up close and expand your knowledge of the region’s unique flora and fauna under the guidance of experienced field guides.

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    3. Camp Mashatu

    The breathtaking Camp Mashatu is located in the Mashatu Game Reserve, part of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana – one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The unique flora and fauna of the region promises countless unforgettable nature experiences.

    As part of your advanced training adventure with Natucate, you will complete an intensive and enriching nature training course that will bring you closer to the magnificent flora and fauna of this special area every day. In particular, the Limpopo, one of Botswana's largest rivers near the Mashatu Game Reserve, has a major influence on the vegetation and occurrence of native wildlife.

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    4. Camp Makuleke

    Camp Makuleke is located in the Pafuri region in the northern part of South Africa's Kruger National Park. A multitude of fascinating wild animals can be observed in this area and impressive areas can be admired.

    If you opt for nature-oriented further education with a stay in Makuleke, you will gain insights into the breathtaking nature of Kruger National Park including its "Big Five": African elephant, black rhino, African buffalo, lion and leopard. Hikes and game drives in open off-road vehicles enable you to experience a superb diversity of flora and fauna – a true enrichment.

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Background of the tracking course in Southern Africa

Swap the pace of your hectic everyday life for the serenity of the bush, and dive into the untouched natural landscape of Africa. The endless landscape provides a rare opportunity to rediscover yourself and your environment with all of your senses. Regardless of whether you are looking for a sabbatical, some personal eco training, or just a trip to the wilderness, you will have an unforgettable time in the African bush.
The purpose of the course is to revive traditional expertise which has become increasingly rare in order to bring it to life for interested people from around the world. The course covers the art of tracking, which is becoming increasingly forgotten due to the increasing urbanisation of Africa. You will learn how to get your bearings in the wilderness of Southern Africa, while your theoretical teaching units will give you an insight into what earlier hunters and gatherers did. This includes mastering the art of building a trap from natural materials (without actually catching any animals), finding bird nests, water sources and been able to identify which fruits you can eat and which you can’t.

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