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Trails Guide Course

Organisation: Natucate

Country: Botswana

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Trails Guide Course

Trails Guide – Course contents

This course combines a mindful approach to experiencing nature with unique personal development. You will head out on your first excursion of the day as the sun goes up. This is followed by a lesson which will teach you everything you need to know about the wilderness, before you set off on another tour of discovery at sunset.

You and your group will roam the African bush and learn the skills that you need to navigate and orient yourself. The fine art of tracking will enable you to find wildlife on your own and keep an appropriate distance. It is important to have a solid understanding of how the animals you encounter behave if you want to ensure your safety and the safety of your group. Knowing about local plant life and how to use it is another part of surviving in the wild.

The 24,000 hectare Makuleke game reserve is unique in that it contains 75% of all of the species which call Kruger National Park home. The camp in Mashatu is located in the so-called “Land of the Giants”. This captivating area boasts majestic rock formations, a wide variety of vegetation and copious wildlife.

Your accommodation

You will stay with one other person in a wooden cabin with its own washing facilities (Makuleke), or in a tent with shared washing facilities (Mashatu). All of the camps have common rooms for lessons, shared meals and evening get-togethers. The water that you get out of the tap in the camps is safe to drink, and you can also buy water or other alcohol-free drinks on site. Fruit juice is served at mealtimes. Tea and coffee are available at any time. You will be provided with an early morning snack, a hearty brunch, a light afternoon meal and a hot meal in the evening.

Both camps get their electricity from generators, so you won’t have that much opportunity to charge any of your devices. There is no mobile phone reception at the Makuleke camp. Phone calls can be made as part of a weekly excursion. A laundry service is available in the camps for a small fee. Tourists are not permitted to access the camps, so your isolation is guaranteed.

Start dates:

  • 17 May 2018 (Makuleke)
  • 23 June 2018 (Makuleke)
  • 15 July 2018 (Mashatu)
  • 14 November 2018 (Mashatu)
  • 08 January 2019 (Makuleke)
  • 08 January 2019 (Mashatu)
  • 21 April 2019 (Makuleke)
  • 08 May 2019 (Selati)
  • 18 June 2019 (Mashatu)
  • 15 September 2019 (Makuleke)
  • 13 November 2019 (Selati)


  • Age limit: Minimum age 18 years
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Project location: Makuleke (South Africa) and Mashatu (Botswana)
  • Accommodation: Twin room in wooden cabins/two-man tent
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: Time off, training sabbatical
  • Certification: Recognised certificates after completing the course (Field Guide Level 1 required):
    • FGASA Back-up Trails Guide
    • Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate


  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Placement in the course
  • Assistance with travel planning
  • English language support provided during the project
  • Projects led by experienced supervisors
  •  Around the clock support during the course
  • Accommodation in wooden cabin/tent during projects
  • Food and drink, including tea and coffee
  • excursions
  • two excursions a day

Fees: 3.300 EUR

(depends on the exchange rate of the South African Rand)

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