To participate in this Wilderness Experience course you must be of legal age and have a good knowledge of English to understand the instructions given by the course supervisor and be able to give presentations yourself. You don’t need any specialist knowledge. It's far more important for you to be interested in nature, enthusiastic about wildlife and willing to gain new knowledge. You should be fit enough to be able to walk in high temperatures. That’s why a document concerning your state of health as well as a vaccination certificate is required from you. You also need travel insurance before departing to Kenia. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with us anytime.
Everyone interested in the courses Professional Field Guide, Field Guide Level 1, Safari Guide and Trails Guide should be aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The courses have a set content and deal with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English are part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers.
Arrival and departure: You will arrive in Nairobi one day before the course begins. Your first night will be spent in a hostel in the city. The following day you will be picked up from the hostel and taken to your camp, where you will get to know the other course members. You will be brought back to Nairobi at the end of the course. After that, you are free to continue travels or return home.
Course: Naturally, the focus of the Kenya Safari Guide course is on practical matters, but theoretical aspects are not neglected. The experienced instructors, who have years of training, will teach you about animal behaviour and the geological, ecological and meteorological aspects of the local environment. How to plan a safari is an integral part of the course. The knowledge acquired, such as how to handle a rifle, how to read tracks and hoofprints, can be put directly into practice on lengthy walks and excursions in a jeep. Day in, day out you will encounter lions, elephants, birds and many other creatures living in the wild, enabling you to experience Africa’s unique beauty at close quarters.
We realise that some of the people on our projects in Southern Africa want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, in particular the big five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.
As you would expect, there will be other participants on the course. Like you, they are also looking for a special adventure and are interested in active environmental protection. You will either live together in Camp Borana or in the Mara training centre, where you can spend your free time in the communal areas or in your rooms and prepare for the upcoming tests together. You will be provided with a light breakfast in the early morning, a hearty brunch after your first excursion of the day, a snack in the afternoon and a balanced meal to end the day. Tea and coffee is available throughout the day, and juice is also provided at mealtimes. The camp’s tap water is also fit for drinking. The camp's electricity comes from generators, because it has no connection to the power grid. This means that you will have some ability to charge electronic devices. The camp also has solar lamps and satellite telephones, as mobile reception is generally quite poor.
Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.
You will have the occasional afternoon free over the course of the 28 days. You can spend this time however you like. You could use it to revise or to do something with the other participants. The common area is good for playing cards together or swapping stories about the day.