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Animal Tracking in South Africa and Botswana

Organisation: NATUCATE

Country: South Africa

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Animal Tracking in South Africa and Botswana

EcoTracker Animal Tracking

Discover the breathtaking wilderness of Africa and get an up close and personal experience of the variety of animals native to the area. You and your group will set off for your first excursion of the day in the early hours of the morning, where you will get some practical experience with finding tracks and tracking animals in the African wilderness. You will return to camp before noon, and spend the hot midday hours with theoretical teaching units covering the landscape and the animals that live there. The focus will be on recognising the tracks left by various animals so that you can match them up, and identifying their calls. You will also learn about how these animals behave and how to assess them. You will also be taught how to determine how recent tracks are. The group will set off for its second excursion of the day in the afternoon to apply the theory in the wilderness. You will interpret the tracks that you find as a group along with your professional course leader, match them up to the right animal and follow them. This will require a great deal of physical stamina and patience, as it can take some time to locate the animal.

The seven day course will train you in the fundamentals of animal tracks and how to interpret them. You will be given a certificate at the end of the course after passing a test. This certificate is issued by FGASA.

The 14 day course builds on what you learned in the seven day course. This course takes a closer look at tracking. The first part of the course deals with interpreting tracks. In part two, you will learn how to follow them. You will also be given an insight into the life of historic hunter gatherers. The course focuses on tracking wild animals, like rhinos, elephants and lions. This is normally done on foot. A test is also held at the end of this course, which will give you a certificatewhich is recognised by FGASA.

Your accommodation

You will shared your accommodation with another member of the group in stilt houses with a connected WC and shower (Camp Makuleke) or two-man tents (Camp Mashatu, Selati), where you will have access to shared bathrooms. The day will begin in the early morning with a light snack, coffee and tea. This will be followed later in the morning by a hearty brunch, a light meal in the afternoon and a balanced hot meal in the evening after the last excursion of the day.


  • Age limit: Minimum age 18 years
  • Duration: one or two weeks
  • Start dates:

2018 — 7 days: 28.07., 26.08., 19.10., 10.11., 05.12. | 14 days: 20.06.

2019 — 7 days: 18.02., 23.03., 19.04., 04.06., 01.08., 20.10., 16.11., 11.12. | 14 days: 15.07.

  • Project location: South Africa/Botswana
  • Accommodation: shared accommodation/two-man tent
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: sabbatical, time off
  • Certification: yes


  • Placement in the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Projects are led by experienced supervisors
  • Accommodation during the course
  • All meals during the course
  • Drinking water
  • Training manual
  • Excursions, game walks, game drives
  • Classroom hours
  • Transport between campsites (South Africa/Botswana)
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Certificate
  • 24/7-support throughout the course


7 days: 1.050 EUR

14 days: 2.050 EUR

(depends on the exchange rate of the South African Rand or US dollar)

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