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

  •  Ecology
  •  Common Trees and Shrubs
  •  Animal Tracks and Tracking
  •  Bird Identification and Behaviour
  •  Course Information 
  •  Animal Behaviour
  •  Astronomy
  •  Orientation and Navigation
  •  Bush Skills
  •  Positioning Vehicle for Photography 
  •  Correct Use of Binoculars

Accommodation

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.

Meals 

  • 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.

 

Courses :

6 nights / 7 days

13 nights / 14 days 

 

Rate includes:

  • Accommodation (sharing)
  • Meals
  • Tea/coffee and cordials
  • Instruction and training
  • Game walks
  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Sleep outs/ additional activities

Rate excludes:

  • 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)

 

Mashatu Camp  

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.