Bush skills course in Botswana

“Learn the secrets of surviving life in the bush on this immersive experience, along with experienced instructors and a small group of fellow adventurers.”


Learn basic bush skills | explore the terrain of the Okavango Delta | participate in discussions and listen to lectures from experienced guides | sleep in basic tents with bucket showers

Description of Bush skills course in Botswana

In the space of just seven days you’ll learn essential bush skills on this immersive course in Botswana. Along with a small group of likeminded travellers, you’ll learn how to track animals, navigate your way through the bush, drive 4WD vehicles, drive a motorboat on the Okavango Delta, and poll a traditional Moroko boat. You’ll also learn a handy set of key survival skills.

The accommodation on this trip is basic but comfortable - you’ll sleep in tents with en suite bathrooms featuring bucket showers and dug out loos. Flexibility is a key component of the trip and the exact itinerary will depend upon local conditions, wildlife movements and water levels. Practical experience will be backed up by informal lectures and discussions.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bush skills course in Botswana


The guiding school is run completely off the grid. Students accommodation is in tents with solar lighting and bucket showers with water heated from communal tank over a fire pit. Meals are all cooked over bush fires and there is minimal waste. All recyclable products are taken back to Maun to be appropriately dealt with.

Conservation runs through everything that is taught at the school. Graduates from OSG leave with a greater understanding of the environment and how to protect and respect it.

The learning experience is influenced by the natural beauty of the area and the habitat diversity. Kwapa has a combination of river channel’s, floodplains, lagoons as well as riparian woodland, savannah, mopane scrub, climax mopane woodland and grasslands.

The area is part of a wilderness that stretches unfenced for hundreds of thousands of square kilometres through Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, southern Angola and southern Zambia.

Kwapa Guide Training Camp has good numbers of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala, reedbuck and other herbivores. Rhinoceros are making a come-back in the Okavango due to some phenomenal conservation programs. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, serval, caracal, african wildcat, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, spotted hyaena and other smaller predators.

The area has over 300 species of birds and the list is still growing. Some of the highlight birds are wattled crane, lesser jacana, long-crested eagle, saddlebill stork, green-capped eremomela, greater painted snipe, coppery-tailed coucal, luapula cisticola to mention but a few.


Our sponsorship model allows local students to study to become fully qualified guides that otherwise would not be able to afford the training. For every course that is run a place is available for a student from the local community which is funded through the income received by International participants.

This is a two-way beneficial arrangement as International participants learn a great deal from the local students including a genuine insight into their customs and culture and the surrounding environment. This can also lead to a greater understanding of cultural differences and can help students that wish to travel further in Africa. Many great friendships are also formed at the Guiding School.

Locals are employed by us wherever possible. There is also an excellent relationship with the local community, who understand and appreciate the benefits to conservation in the area that the Guiding School provides.

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