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Based in Botswana’s remarkable Okavango Delta, the Okavango Guiding school has been established for aspiring guides who are active and curious about nature. It is the first private guide training school registered in Botswana to provide training for guides on both the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and the Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) platforms. Owned and operated by the Reed family, the well-known Reed brothers, Grant and Brent, starred in “Safari Brothers” which was aired internationally on National Geographic. Choose one of our three coures: Nature Guiding Course, Trail Guiding Course, Bush Skills Training.

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Nature Guide Course

Okavango Guiding School
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This course gives international travellers an amazing chance to train alongside African safari guides. This course has a strong emphasis on the practical skills of guiding as well as the full syllabus used by Southern African guides. The focus of the course is taking the classroom to the wilderness.

  • Country:
    Botswana,
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Camping
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Maun
  • price icon
    14 Days from
    $3253 p/p in USD
  • departures icon
    Departures: Year Round

Trail Guide Course

Okavango Guiding School
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Do something different with your holiday and enjoy a life enriching experience; international students now have the unique opportunity to train with African safari guides. Based at our training camp in the Okavango Delta, the training includes theory, advanced rifle handling and walking assessment.

  • Country:
    Botswana,
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Camping
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Maun
  • price icon
    15 Days from
    $3253 p/p in USD
  • departures icon
    Departures: Year Round

Bush Skills Course

Okavango Guiding School
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Would you enjoy the chance to train alongside African safari 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.

  • Country:
    Botswana,
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Camping
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Maun
  • price icon
    8 Days from
    $1925 p/p in USD
  • departures icon
    Departures: Year Round

Okavango Guiding School

  • Botswana

Why Choose Okavango Guiding School?

Our hands-on courses enable students to learn from day to day experiences what the wilderness has to offer. The training courses teach students the skills of conducting a game-drive as well as how to drive a motor boat and pole a mokoro (dug-out canoe) on the waterways of the Okavango. When the water levels are high we are able to make our River Runner into an riparian classroom, studying the unique aquatic world of the Okavango Delta and learning about the local birds. At the end of the day we find a suitable island to camp on and hopefully catch some fresh bream for dinner.

The Okavango Guiding School Trainers

Okavango Guiding School has a team of safari guide trainers that are unsurpassed in their qualifications and experience. The not only help students identify the local species but also to interpret behaviour and understand the complex and fascinating interactions between the species and their environment.

The Okavango Guiding School Learning Material

Okavango Guiding School has developed the most comprehensive guide training manual the industry has ever seen. Our policy is that of making the learning materials available to students and allowing them to become familiar with the material before coming on a course. Our “Getting a head-start” page allows students to become familiar with the common animals, birds and plants before arriving. This allows the student attending the guide training course to spend more time in the field and less time listening to lectures. There is little point coming to Africa’s finest wilderness to spend time in a classroom listening to lectures on topics you could read through in the comfort of your home. With our approach we can take the classroom to the bush and everything we find out there becomes a living example of what you have read in the manual.

Okavango Guiding School is proudly associated with

  • Lekata Safaris, Botswana’s premium mobile safari operator based in Maun, Botswana
  • Wild Wheels, a self-drive 4×4 safari rental company based in Maun, Botswana

Okavango Guiding School

  • Botswana
African Guide Academy: Nature Guide Training Course
African Guide Academy: Bush Skills Training Course

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