What you will learn
You will develop your stronger and your less developed leadership skills by guiding your fellow learners in the bush. Being out of your comfort zone offers great learning potential. You will learn to follow before you will learn to lead in the bush. When walking in the bush we carry a rifle with us for safety reasons. In order for you to lead walks, we will also teach you basic rifle safety.
You will also learn basic knowledge about safety, group control and off course nature and animal behavior. Plus skills such as:
- 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.
One of the highlights is a two day walk including a sleep out in the bush in your sleeping bag by a campfire while taking turns being on guard.
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 area 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.