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    $1925 p/p in USD
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Okavango Guiding School

  • Botswana



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard


Tour Overview

Would you enjoy the chance to train alongside Africa guides? Now you can. An exciting new addition to the Okavango Guiding School are courses developed for the international traveller, who is seeking an intimate bush experience, full of wilderness adventure and practical information. Based at our Kwapa Camp in the southern Okavango Delta, the course highlights the practical and theory aspects of the Nature Guide and Trails Guide Courses. It’s also an ideal introduction for those wanting to do a self-drive safari. While there are informative ‘lectures’ the majority of the training happens out in nature on foot, in a 4-wheel drive vehicle and, depending on water levels, by boat and mokoro (dug-out canoe).

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Educational Safari
  • You will visit:
    Okavango Delta, Maun
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari, Mokoro Safari, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Maun

Course Content

  • Basic survival skills
  • 4×4 driving skills
  • Walking in the wilderness
  • Animal tracking
  • Dangerous mammal facts
  • Geology of the Delta
  • Astronomy for navigation
  • Birds and useful plants


Kwapa Camp has nine 3 x 4 meru-style tents with a short passage to an enlarged en-suite bathroom with bucket shower and short drop toilet. Each tent is furnished with two camp beds, sheets, pillows, duvet and towels. A battery-operated LED light is provided in the tents. There is a wash basin and relaxing chairs on the covered verandah. Accommodation is on a shared basis with the option of 15% surcharge for single occupation.


  • Game walks – including approaching big game on foot
  • Game drive skills
  • Navigation and tracking skills
  • Wilderness sleep outs
  • Stargazing/astronomy
  • Theory lectures with power point presentations
  • Mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions – depending on water levels
  • Motor boating skills – depending on water levels

Student Goals and Qualifications

This course is for students wanting personal enrichment rather than pursuing a formal qualification to become a guide. They will receive an Okavango Guiding Certificate for participation in the course.


From USD 1,925 per person

15% single supplement applies

Minimum/maximum numbers

The course will run with just 1 student up to a maximum of 8 (plus the citizen trainee)

What's Included

  • Shared tented accommodation – unless a 15% single supplement is paid
  • All meals at Kwapa Training Camp
  • Well-point water, tea and coffee
  • All training and activities
  • Scheduled transfer from Maun to Kwapa Camp return (1 transfer in and out per student)

What's Excluded

  • Unscheduled transfers to/from Kwapa Camp
  • Travel insurance and all flights
  • Items of personal nature, including toiletries
  • Staff gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks other than those mentioned above – these can be purchased in Maun before leaving for Kwapa camp
  • FGASA/ BQA registration and exam fees


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Okavango Guiding School
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Okavango Guiding School‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

The Okavango Guiding School trainer meets all students at the PPCC Indian restaurant across the road from Maun Airport at 14h00. This allows students to arrive on international flights on the first day of the course (these flights usually land at around 13h15). The students are then taken to purchase their drinks before embarking on the 2 hour road transfer to Kwapa Camp. Arriving at Kwapa Camp in the late afternoon, the rest of this first day consists primarily of orientation and familiarisation of the assessment process to be used for this course.

Please note that if any students arrive after 14h00 they will have to book accommodation in Maun and pay the U$70.00 fee for an unscheduled transfer to Kwapa Camp the following day.

  • Meals: dinner

Daily activities: Every morning we wake-up early, have breakfast and head out into the wilderness. The route we take and the transport we use is based on the movement of the wildlife and the specific targets for the day. Wilderness excursions are done on foot, by vehicle, by boat and dug-out canoe. We return to camp by late morning for a short lecture on one of our topics.

A hearty lunch is served in camp followed by time for shower, siesta and personal study time. Tea is served in the mid-afternoon and then an afternoon excursion and dinner. During the week at Kwapa you will do a sleep-out where we load the bare minimum, head out to a remote location and set up an overnight camp where we sleep under the stars for the night. We return to camp before lunch the following day.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast, we will return to Maun in plenty of time for those guests that have international flights.

  • Meals: breakfast

Please note – the above is just a broad outline so it can and will change depending on the guests needs and external factors. On some days, it has been known not to be followed at all!

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