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7 Night Bush Skills Course

"An in-depth bush learning experience in the Okavango Delta"

Price $2230 USD (See price tab)
Course Type
Short Course
Country
Botswana
Duration
7 Nights
Location
Okavango Delta

Prepare for an a real African adventure!

The wilderness survival skills course is NOT your typical genteel African safari with round-the-clock pampering and gin-and-tonics at sunset. It’s for active bush enthusiasts who know exactly what they want—the rolled-up-sleeves kind of guy or gal who wants to be in the thick of the action, and who’s willing to forgo the trappings of comfort to achieve it on their terms!

general information

The Bush Skills Course is perfect for the international traveler, seeking an intimate African bush experience, full of wilderness adventure and practical information. This 7-night course at our Kwapa Camp in the southern Okavango Delta is a highlights package of our longer more in-depth courses. It is also an ideal introduction for those wanting to do a self-drive safari with a bit more confidence. 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). We cover basic survival skills, 4×4 driving, walking in the wilderness, animal tracking, dangerous mammal facts, geology of the Delta, astronomy for navigation, bird identification and useful plants.

Who its for:

  • People looking to reconnect with themselves, who are searching for a back-to-basics bush skills experience that will help them recharge, renew, and reboot
  • Seasoned safari goers who now seek a deeper, more holistic, African wilderness experience
  • School- and/or university-leavers who are looking for a life-changing gap-year experience
  • People with a spirit of adventure who are looking beyond a typical back-packing experience
  • Survivalists wanting to gain the skills required to thrive in the wilderness.
  • Guides wishing to learn many of the practical aspects that are often only discussed in theory.

about the school

African Guide Academy:

The African Guide Academy (AGA) is owned and operated by the Reed family. The well known Reed brothers, Grant and Brent who starred in “Safari Brothers” which aired internationally on National Geographic Wild.

AGA 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.

The training courses are conducted in the Okavango Delta which has been declared a World Heritage site because of it’s pristine ecosystems, it’s scenic beauty and abundance of wildlife. The Okavango is one of the most scenically spectacular wildlife areas anywhere in the world. The myriad of crystal clear channels and wildlife rich islands is a habitat unlike any other.

The learning experience is influenced by the natural beauty of the area and the habitat diversity. Kwapa has a combination of river channel’s, floodplains, lagoons as well as riparian woodland, savannah, mopane scrub, climax mopane woodland and grasslands.

Possibly the most amazing thing about the area is the fact that it is part of a wilderness that stretches unfenced for hundreds of thousands of square kilometres through Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, southern Angola and southern Zambia.

The Trainers

Even in a great area with wonderful biodiversity you need a great field guide trainer. The trainer not only helps you to identify the species but also to interpret the behaviour and understand the complex and fascinating interactions between the species and their environment.

AGA has a team of safari guide trainers that are unsurpassed in their qualifications and experience.

course content

  • Practical, hands-on experience of navigation in the African wilderness, bush survival skills, the ancient art of tracking, weapons handling, bird and mammal identification and so much more

  • Wilderness walks and sleep-outs

  • 4×4 vehicle game drives

  • Game walk safaris

  • Stargazing and astronomy

  • Theory lectures and presentations from qualified and knowledgeable trainers on diverse topics ranging from local geology, ecology, and hydrology, to astronomy and weather/climate

start dates

22 October 2021 - 29 October 2021
25 March 2022 - 1 April 2022
29 April 2022 - 6 May 2022
3 June 2022 - 10 June 2022
10 June 2022 - 17 June 2022
17 June 2022 - 24 June 2022
24 June 2022 - 1 July 2022
1 July 2022 - 8 July 2022
8 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
15 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
22 July 2022 - 29 July 2022
5 July 2022 - 5 August 2022
5 August 2022 - 12 August 2022
12 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
19 August 2022 - 26 August 2022
26 August 2022 - 2 September 2022
2 September 2022 - 9 September 2022
9 September 2022 - 16 September 2022
16 September 2022 - 23 September 2022
21 October 2022 - 28 October 2022

camps

Our training camp is situated in a private concession area in the southern Okavango. Major habitat types include savannah, woodland, mopane woodland/scrub, grassland, floodplain and riverine forest. Please note that Kwapa is not in the permanent swamps which makes it a better wildlife area but when water levels are low November-June the Kwapa River may dry up all together. Water levels in the Okavango are impossible to predict from year-to-year.

The area has resident populations of most of Africa’s iconic wildlife but our focus on all our courses is learning and discovering. We do not chase Big 5 but rather delve into the ecological interactions of all our wildlife regardless of the species.

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 relaxing chairs on the covered verandah.
Accommodation is on a shared basis with the option of a single supplement for single accommodation.

transfers

The transfer is included in the course price and takes place on the first day of the course. The  trainer meets all students at the PPCC Indian restaurant across the road from Maun Airport at 14h00. The transfer to camp takes approximately 2-2.5 hours.

qualifications

AGA Bush Skills Certificate: 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.

price

2021 Price:

  • USD$ 2228.00 per person for 7 nights
  • a 15% single supplement applies 

2022 Price:

  • USD$ 2339.00 per person for 7 nights
  • a 15% single supplement applies

The course will run from as few as just 4 students to a maximum of 8 .

*Please note that the official price for this course is in USD as above. Any other currency price for this tour is merely indicative. The USD price will be converted to your preferred currency using the exchange rate on the date of invoice.

INCLUDED

▪ Shared tented accommodation
▪ All meals at Kwapa Training Camp
▪ Well-point water, cordial, tea and coffee
▪ All training and activities
▪ Scheduled transfer from Maun to Kwapa Camp return (1 transfer in and out per student)

EXCLUDED

▪ Unscheduled transfers to/from Kwapa Camp
▪ Travel insurance and all flights
▪ Items of personal nature, including toiletries
▪ Staff gratuities
▪ Drinks other than those mentioned – these can be purchased in Maun before leaving for Kwapa camp


Wilderness activities
OGS-Walking in the wilderness
Wildlife 2
OGS-Wilderness tents
OGS-Walking in the wilderness
OGS-Kwapa Camp game drive 2
Walking in the wilderness 6
Walking in the wilderness
Wilderness sleep outs
Walking in the wilderness 3
OGS_Sundowners
OGS-Tented accommodation with beds and ensuite shower and toilet
OGS-Tracking skills
Nature skills
Boating skills on the Kwapa River

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