Eco Training Safari Guide Course Botswana
Eco Training short Safari Guide Course
The EcoQuest course is designed to provide an ecological learning experience by incorporating certain aspects of the 28 day Safari Guide course. It is primarily aimed at those who are looking for a more in-depth bush learning experience, but who do not necessarily have four weeks to break away from work obligations. It consists of two components – learning about the fascinating elements of nature and how each are carefully interconnected to one another in a specific region, while at the same time experiencing some aspects of typical safari guide training.
If you are an adventurous spirit wanting to gain a greater understanding of nature and the environment, whilst experiencing the excitement of the bush, then EcoQuest is for you. If you are a student testing the waters for a career in this field, join this course. In addition, we show you how to drive a 4x4 vehicle, to identify common birds, plants, trees, tracks and how to track game. Some subjects covered on the course
- Common Trees and Shrubs
- Animal Tracks and Tracking
- Bird Identification and Behaviour
- Course Information
- Animal Behaviour
- Orientation and Navigation
- Bush Skills
- Positioning Vehicle for Photography
- Correct Use of Binoculars
The sleeping arrangements at all our camps consist of two people sharing per tent. Single requests are required to pay double rates. Women and men do not share tents unless booked as a couple.
- Early morning wake-up (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal)
- Brunch after activity (cooked breakfast and fruit salad)
- Afternoon tea (light lunch/ sandwiches)
- Dinner (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad)
- All course participants receive an EcoTraining certificate of participation.
6 nights / 7 days
13 nights / 14 days
- Accommodation (sharing)
- Tea/coffee and cordials
- Instruction and training
- Game walks
- Open vehicle game drives
- Sleep outs/ additional activities
- Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
- Any accommodation before and after the course
- Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)
- Botswana border crossing (only applicable if the course is at Mashatu)
Our Mashatu Camp is located in the land of Giants in the Tuli reserve of Botswana bordering South Africa. Tuli forms a key part of the proposed Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with majestic rocks, diverse vegetation, abundant wildlife, a profusion of birds and a rich archaeological heritage and spans over 25 000 hectares of wilderness. The Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the confluence of the Limpopo and the Shashe rivers, in the easternmost corner of Botswana, is the collective name for several privately-owned game reserves including the Mashatu, Ntani and Tuli Game Reserves, covering all the land north of the Limpopo River.
Animals Found in the Mashatu Reserve : Beside elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena, general game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and a variety of antelope, and nocturnal species like springhares, bat eared fox, civet cat, genet cat, honey badger and mongoose, are prevalent throughout the reserve. The bird life is prolific with Mashatu Game Reserve recording over 366 different species. The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable the student to leave the road and provide guests with up close game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights bring the bush to life.
- Accommodation : The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with two mattresses with pillows (two learners per tent).
- There are shared bathroom facilities and a central communal area overlooking the dry river bed. There are no mosquito nets at Mashatu.
- There is no electricity at the camps – paraffin and solar lamps are used for all lighting and a generator is used to charge camera batteries and cell phones for emergency use. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night.
- The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there’s no space for personal items (drinks, water or other). There is however a full selection of affordable drinks available at camp.
- The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.
- Beverages : A selection of these are sold from the camp and can only be paid for with cash. There are no credit/debit card or cheque facilities. Cordial fruit juices are served with meals, tea and coffee available throughout the day.
- Drinking Water : Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.
- Laundry : A hand washing laundry service is provided at a nominal weekly fee.
- Game Viewing Vehicles : The game viewing vehicles are open Land Rover TDI’s and Land Cruisers.
- EcoTraining Staff in Camp : For the duration of your stay, there will usually be a head instructor, assistant instructor, camp coordinator and kitchen
- and cleaning staff.