Advanced Trails Botswana - 8 Days

What you will learn

This trail has been specially designed for our experienced tribe members. It builds on the skills and competences that you have already developed during your previous leadership Trails. We will start with refreshing your memory and dusting off your knowledge so you are quickly up to speed again. This means we will go through the basics of:

  • Leading bush walks in a Big 5 area
  • Driving a 4*4 vehicle through any kind of terrain
  • Bush leadership skills
  • Navigating using terrain, animals, sun, moon and stars
  • Tracking animals
  • Necessary survival skills

The main activity will be practicing your leadership skills by walking in the bush and by approaching potentially dangerous animals. The aim of these animal approaches is to learn to lead the team and  be in control of the situation. We try to get as close as circumstances (terrain, sun, wind, cover, …) allow us, we study their natural behavior and to leave them in peace again. Each day will be led by a team of 2 participants. Together they develop the plan for the day based on the wishes of fellow participants. They will pepare everything needed and communicate this plan to the rest of the team. Throughout the day we will evaluate the different activities and turn these into learning experiences for the group. Our guide and facilitator will make sure everything is done in a safe and ethical way and without impacting nature or its animals.

Where you will stay

Our training takes place in our own private concession in the famous Okavango Delta.  Our camp is situated in the South Eastern part of the Delta on a tongue of permanent land even during the floods. This makes our camp year round accessible by vehicle. Our concession area is 40,000 hectares or 400 square kilometers: an area of roughly 20 by 20 kilometers. It is unfenced and in direct connection with the rest of the Delta: a true wilderness.

Our tented camp has been set up along the seasonal Xwapa river (depending on rainfall in Angola it flows from April to October) and is also unfenced. During the day we share it with the birds, monkeys, snakes and elephants and during the night hippo’s, hyena’s, leopard, lions, honey badgers and porcupines sometimes visit or walk trough. It is interesting to see their tracks in the morning – like reading the morning paper. In this area we are the only people allowed. As long as we follow the ethical and safety rules for being in the bush we are completely free to do as we please.

Where you will sleep and eat

You will be sharing tents with 2 participants (single occupancy has a 15% surcharge). Our tents are new and measure 4*3 meters plus an  3*3 ensuite are with a bucket shower and a toilet.

We have our own chef and staff that will cook all our meals unless we want to do a BBQ ourselves. Coffee, tea and water is available all day. Wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks are available at sundowners and in the evening. All food and drinks are included

Day 1
Arrival Maun and drive into the Okavango Delta towards camp

Arrival at Maun Airport at around 14.00 hrs.

• Pick up by guide and facilitator

• Shopping for drinks and other small personal items

• Drive into the Okavango Delta and into camp

• Welcome to camp and camp rules an safety

• Guided drive with sundowner and personal introduction

• Dinner and drinks by the camp fire, program next day

Day 2
Getting oriented

• Wake up, breakfast and plan for the morning

• Whole day drive around the concession: drive a 4*4 game drive vehicle, explore terrain and ecology, inventarise animal presence and movements

• Dinner and drinks by the camp fire, program next day

Day 3
Shooting range and walking far Southside

Wake up, breakfast and plan for the day

• Drive to Shooting Range

• Rifle range shooting practice: set up range and range safety instructions, rifle safety instruction, basic rifle instruction, practical training, (team) competition

• Lunch: BBQ at Shooting Range

• Self drive to South East along the river: drive a 4*4 game drive vehicle

• Self walk in the South side and back to vehicle: walking and navigating in the bush, tracking most common tracks, animal and PDA identification and approaches

• Dinner: Sundowners and leftovers by the vehicle next to the river

• Self night drive back to camp

• Guided explanation of stars and constellations

• Drinks by the camp fire, program next day

Day 4
Practicing your leadership skills by guiding your team

This day will be lead by a team of 2 participants. The programs will be an elaboration of the activities during the first 3 days and will include: Self drives and walks during daytime, self drives during night time, Mokoro lessons, trips and competitions (if water levels permit), boat lessons and trips (if water levels permit), advanced explanation of animal identification, advanced skills training such as leading in general, navigating, tracking, rifle handling, problem solving, team communication, planning, …Each activity will be evaluated by yourself, the rest of the team and the guide and the facilitator.

Day 5
Practicing your leadership skills by guiding your team

This day will be lead by a team of 2 participants. The programs will be an elaboration of the activities during the first 3 days and will include: Self drives and walks during daytime, self drives during night time, Mokoro lessons, trips and competitions (if water levels permit), boat lessons and trips (if water levels permit), advanced explanation of animal identification, advanced skills training such as leading in general, navigating, tracking, rifle handling, problem solving, team communication, planning, …Each activity will be evaluated by yourself, the rest of the team and the guide and the facilitator.

Day 6
Practicing your leadership skills by guiding your team

This day will be lead by a team of 2 participants. The programs will be an elaboration of the activities during the first 3 days and will include: Self drives and walks during daytime, self drives during night time, Mokoro lessons, trips and competitions (if water levels permit), boat lessons and trips (if water levels permit), advanced explanation of animal identification, advanced skills training such as leading in general, navigating, tracking, rifle handling, problem solving, team communication, planning, …Each activity will be evaluated by yourself, the rest of the team and the guide and the facilitator.

Day 7
Practicing your leadership skills by guiding your team

This day will be lead by a team of 2 participants. The programs will be an elaboration of the activities during the first 3 days and will include: Self drives and walks during daytime, self drives during night time, Mokoro lessons, trips and competitions (if water levels permit), boat lessons and trips (if water levels permit), advanced explanation of animal identification, advanced skills training such as leading in general, navigating, tracking, rifle handling, problem solving, team communication, planning, …Each activity will be evaluated by yourself, the rest of the team and the guide and the facilitator.

Day 8
Closure and drop off at Maun airport

• Wake up and pack your bags

• Breakfast and goodbye to the staff

• Guided drive from camp to Maun

• Last lunch together

• Handing out certificates

• Check-in for flights

The following is included

  • Transfer from Maun to camp and back
  • All accommodation and facilities in camp
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Guiding and training/coaching activities
  • All meals and drinks in camp
  • Usage of books and other educational materials

The following is excluded

  • All flights
  • All accommodation outside of camp
  • All food, drinks and personal expenditures outside of camp
  • All ammunition at the shooting range - will be charged per use
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What should I bring regarding my health?

We have a comprehensive First Aid kit in camp, on board our vehicles and on walks; we cannot however cover everything, if you have any medical problems or existing medical conditions please bring enough medication and inform us of these problems as soon as possible.

Do I need vaccinations?

We do not know what you have already been vaccinated for. So for vaccinations, please consult your local GP or health provider.

Do I need to take malaria pills?

Our camp is in a malaria area. Although it is very remote and therefore very unlikely for malaria to occur, it is better to be safe than sorry. We suggest you speak to your local GP or healthcare provider and take the action he/she recommends as there are various differing ideas about what prophylactics to take, if at all. Some of the prophylactics can cause side effects such as nausea, headaches and a lowering of your resistance to the sun and it is important to bear in mind that malaria can be contracted despite taking tablets. We provide insect repellent but you are welcome to bring your own and please use them liberally, especially in the warmer months.

What is the weather like?

Summer (October – April) is hot in the middle of the day, sometimes as high 40 degrees Celsius in October, our hottest month, but this is uncommon, becoming cooler but still warm at night. The average day time temperatures are in the mid 30’s dropping to the low 20’s during the night. Botswana is a summer rainfall region and late afternoon showers can be common from December to April.

What clothing should I bring?

Bring along a good jacket, scarf, gloves and woolen or fleece headwear if you are travelling in winter. It can get quite hot during the day so light summer clothing is also a must. The best was to deal with winter is to dress in layers.

Can I drink the local water?

Although Botswana’s water is generally safe to drink, we supply filtered water. It is important to remember to drink enough water while on safari. If you are traveling in the summer months you should bring rehydration salts to add to your water. One sachet per person per day will be sufficient and will prevent any dehydration problems. Rehydration salts are available in most pharmacies in powder form, which is the most suitable for travel.

Are all food and drinks included?

In Camp all meals are provided; please inform us if you have any special requirements or if you are allergic to any food. Water, tea and coffee and soft drinks are available all day. Wines, beers, spirits are available at sundowners and in the evening.

Are there any limitations for luggage?

On safari we prefer to travel light. If possible restrict to hand luggage only. Otherwise duffel/soft bags are preferable, as these pack easier into aircraft and vehicles, hard cases are not recommended.

Do I need to bring money?

Since your training is prepaid, you will not need to travel with much cash. Botswana currency is in Pula (P) and Thebe(t). Pulas can be collected with your credit- or bank-card at the ATM in Maun before departure to the bush. The best denominations to bring to Botswana are Euro and US Dollars.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping of our staff is optional and the amount is entirely up to you.

What are necessary items to bring?

Binoculars are a must for safari. 10*42 is an ideal magnification, but any will do. A camera with extra rechargeable batteries. A good torch, handheld or better: head torches with 3+ LED units (Petzl, Black Scorpion are good brands)

Is there electricity in camp?

As it is almost always sunny, we run on solar power. We have adequate electricity in camp and charging facilities for local, USB and European plugs. USA clients should bring converters to South African or European plugs.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • Very fit
  • 6 participants and 2 staff
  • Tents