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Elephants in camp

Elephants in camp In the first blog I wrote about a herd of elephants in the middle of the Okavango Delta. This where females with calves and at the end of that trip we saw an elephant bull. However, when the night had fallen this bull entered the kwapa training camp! In this blog I will tell the exciting story …

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New FGASA Trails Guide Requirements 2018

Trails Guide Training

New FGASA Trails Guide Requirements So what are the new FGASA Trails Guide Requirements? Trails Guide qualifications, with regards to hours, has been reviewed to ensure that high standards are set and maintained. The decision by the Standards Committee to change the number of hours came due to the demand from members, pressure from Insurance organisations and increased incidents in the …

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Elephant approach on foot

The first stage The first day that I was in Kwapa camp we went out for a walk. Peter Van Houdt as lead guide and Grant Reed (owner) as the back-up guide. We had no idea what a mind-blowing experience we were about to have… We headed west out of Kwapa Training Camp, crossing the Kwapa River by boat. There …

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Upgrading and becoming a Full professional Guide in Botswana


Introduction Ok, so you want to become a full professional guide in Botswana. Well, the Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA) Nature Guide Qualification document  is not easy to understand at the outset. So, hopefully we can assist you to better understand how to go about the process. Requirements to qualify to upgrade Alright, to upgrade to Full Professional Guide you need …

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Requirements for Trails Guides in Botswana

Introduction So you want to become a trails guide in Botswana? Let us help you better understand the process.  Avoid being daunted by the verbose BQA requirements. Because of this, we have created this blog to help you understand the VPDA requirements. So, what does that mean? Well, it stands for Viewing Potentially Dangerous Animals (VPDA) on foot. People often …

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Becoming a Trails Guide in Botswana

Simulated Lion Charge

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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