Guide Course South Africa: Timbavati Trailing Experience
Are you ready for the ultimate adventure in South Africa? Spend eight breathtaking days in the South African wilderness at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and learn from real experts how to move in nature like never before. The ‘Trailing Experience’ will open a new world to the naturalist. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of tracking and trailing. The fundamentals of trailing will constantly be reinforced while following animal tracks, with participants learning new and practical skills that can be transferred to any environment in the world.
This unforgettable journey will not only sharpen your senses but also deepen your connection to nature! Join the Trailing Experience, benefit from small groups, and discover the true beauty of the South African wilderness.
- Learn tracking skills from trained experts
- Acquire the knowledge and skills of a trails guide
- Enjoy unique wildlife sightings with a bit of luck
- Go back to your roots and live in harmony with nature
- Explore the unique flora and fauna on daily excursions
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Included in the programme fee
- Placement in the programme
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Assistance with booking flights
- Assistance with selecting travel insurance
- Risk coverage certificate
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Trailing Experience in Southern Africa
Together, in small groups of a maximum of six participants, you will expand your trailing skills in the South African wilderness. You will be accompanied by experts who will teach you the secrets of the flora and fauna of this fascinating region.
As a participant, you will learn from a renowned training provider who is passionate about providing first-class training. The focus is on creating a unique connection between people and nature while respecting wildlife in all its glory. All participants will get involved in the trailing process, spending up to 8 hours on the trail of an animal each day. Start your trailing adventure along the breathtaking wilderness and experience the beauty of nature first hand.
Arrival and orientation
You must either book a flight to Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit) or fly to Johannesburg and take a shuttle bus from there to Hoedspruit. At noon, a staff member will meet you at the airport and take you to the camp in Timbavati. This transfer is included in the price and takes about an hour.
Upon arrival at the camp, you will receive a warm welcome and an introduction.
You will then receive a briefing on the bush safety guidelines and the trails so that you are aware of all the rules and relevant aspects.
On the first afternoon, there will be an activity such as an introductory walk. Have your first experience of South African nature and build up your anticipation for the upcoming days.
On the last day of the course you will be transferred back to Eastgate Airport, from where you can continue your journey or return home. We are happy to assist you with your travel plans.
Content of the Trailing Experience
The first two days will cover the basic knowledge of tracking, followed by five days of real tracking, focusing on large wild animals such as elephants and lions. The group is divided into teams for tracking so that each participant is actively involved in the process.
The camp is located near a waterhole, where each morning your group will pick up the tracks of animals that have come to drink during the night and follow them to find the animal.
All activities are accompanied by two trackers, one of whom has a minimum qualification as a professional tracker according to Cybertracker standards.
Although the main focus is on tracking animals, you will also spend time during the eight days interpreting tracks and signs as well as the behaviour of the animals.
Enjoy the impressive nature and collect all the impressions of the different wild animals as you and your group roam the South African bush together.
Accommodation in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
You will stay in an authentic, unfenced tented camp set along a seasonal riverbed, under magnificent Jackleberry trees. There is no electricity, no Wi-Fi and no mobile phone signal, so you can fully concentrate on the surroundings and experience the rhythm of the bush.
Each dome tent sleeps two participants. A mattress and pillow are provided, but you must bring your own sleeping bag.
The sanitary facilities are basic; there is a long-drop toilet and bush showers, which are located under a tree canopy overlooking the surrounding bush.
The communal area is around the campfire or in the kitchen where our cook prepares healthy meals on a gas cooker and open fire. These are then enjoyed together in the communal tent, which also provides space for relaxing, sharing and reading. You can also spend some of your free time here.
Leisure time in the South African wilderness
You will quickly get to know the other camp participants with whom you will spend the coming days in this fascinating environment.
You can make good use of your free time together. Given the strenuous course activities, which include excursions and long walks, you can use these moments to rest and let the freshly acquired impressions sink in.
Arrival in South Africa
Typical day during your Trailing Experience
Your last day in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
“Makuleke lets you walk around like a child with wide eyes and open jaw.”
“Walking is a lot of fun and makes you fit while you are in beautiful nature.”
“It was amazing. I have made zero, zero (and zero is little) negative experiences.”
After taking part in the Field Guide Level 1 our wilderness student Matthias also completed the Trails Guide course in South Africa – and sent us some amazing wildlife shots we'd like to share with you of course:
1. Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is a paradise on earth for nature enthusiasts and admirers of the unique diversity of African wildlife and vegetation. It covers 53,392 hectares between Hoedspruit (Limpopo) and Acornhoek (Mpumalanga). Without a fence, it borders the Kruger National Park in South Africa. White lions, as well as the other large mammals of the African Big Five, roam freely in this area.
Background to the Timbavati Trailing Experience
Whether you are already a qualified field guide or simply a passionate nature lover who wants to expand your knowledge and experience a real outdoor adventure, this course is for you! Here you will gain in-depth knowledge of nature and wilderness, sharpen your situational awareness and develop a deeper understanding of the environment that surrounds you.
Dive deep into the exciting world of tracking and trailing and learn the art of tracking from experts who share their passion for the outdoors with you. Best of all, this course can be just the beginning! If you're inspired by this adventure, you can even take the next step and complete a course to become an Apprentice Trails Guide.
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