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Upgrading and becoming a Full professional Guide in Botswana

Introduction The Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA) Nature Guide Qualification is not easy to understand at the outset. Hopefully this article will assist you to better understand how to go about becoming a Full professional Guide in Botswana Requirements to qualify to upgrade To upgrade to Full Professional Guide you need a minimum of an Assistant Guides Licence through the original …

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Requirements for Trails Guides in Botswana

Introduction The practical requirements for Viewing Potentially Dangerous Animals (VPDA) on foot for trails guides in Botswana are often misunderstood. The manner in which they are written in the BQA unit standards is rather difficult to understand. I hope this blog is going to make it easier to grasp what is required. An encounter is when an animal is encountered …

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Becoming a Trails Guide in Botswana

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Trails Guide Theroy Becoming a fully qualified trails guide in Botswana is an arduous process. A trails guide takes the lives of his group in his hands when he walks out into the wilderness with a vast array of potentially dangerous animals. Before becoming a fully qualified trails guide, the student must first qualify as a back-up trails guide. The …

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10 traits of a great guide safari guide


Who are the great safari guides? People often ask me, who do you reckon the best safari guide in Africa is? Every year there are awards through FGASA and various bodies for the top guides. In my opinion there are many fantastic guides out there and there is no way to put one above the other. There are so many …

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Guide Training in the Okavango September 2017


Nature Guide Training September 2017 The flood waters of the Okavango have finally peaked and the Kwapa Training Camp concession is awash with water in its myriad of floodplains and channels. Our students in the Okavango are undergoing our nature guide training course. Winter is at an end and the first migratory birds have returned. We move now into the …

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I want to become a Safari Guide


So you want to become a safari guide? Many people from all over the world fall in love with the concept of becoming a safari guide or field guide. I get asked the question all the time over various social media platforms “how can I become a guide?” There is no simple answer to this question because every country has …

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Nature Guide Training Course – June 2017

African Wild Dog

So what’s been happening on our June Nature Guide Training Course? A great mixutre of students from Botswana and elsewhere in the world came together at the remarkable Kwapa Training Camp to share in their love of the wilderness. This is an exciting time of the year to be at Kwapa Training Camp. With the transition from autumn to winter …

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FGASA Nature Guide Training Course – March 2017


FGASA Nature Guide Course March 2017 This early kick-off to our safari guide training courses at Kwapa Training Camp has been incredibly rewarding. So what has happened in the first 3 weeks of our FGASA Nature Guide Course March 2017? Once again, our course has been a wonderful mix of local and international students. The course begain in the tail …

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Bush Survival Skills – Drinking Water

survival skills angry elephant

Introduction In my previou blog about how to go about finding water in the African wilderness we were introduced to survival skills. We discussed how to use basic tracking skills and common sense to locate water in when you are trying to survive. If you missed it here is the link In this blog we talk about water filtration …

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Bush Survival Skills & The Art Of Wildlife Tracking

One of the key elements to survival in the bush is the art of tracking. Understanding the tracks and signs around you provides a window into the recent activity of wildlife in an area. This coupled with a deep knowledge of the drinking and feeding habits of the animals allows you to predict the movement of animals and map their …

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