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Specialist Birding Course (Lake Ngami)

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Course synopsis:

This course is co-instructed by a top birding guide as well as a master bird ringer and offers a unique combination of hands on bird ringing and exposure to bird guiding skills. This course is therefore ideal for anyone interested in furthering their bird knowledge. It will greatly improve bird identification abilities as well as giving an intimate knowledge only gained by seeing these birds in the hand. It is very much a practical course with basic theory content. This will be in the way of lectures delivered during the day when temperatures prohibit mist netting. While there are staff to assist at our bush camps, some participation will be required, in particular, the erection and monitoring of trapping lines and mist nets.

Course length:

6 days / 5 nights

Dates and course code:

Lake Ngami- Monday 6th February 2016 – Saturday 11th February 2017 (1702 – LN – SB)

Ikoga (Okavango River)- Monday 13th February 2016 – Saturday 18th February 2017 (1702 – IK – SB)


Maun Airport

Mahube Bus Service Johannesburg to Maun


Lake Ngami and Ikoga will be a fly camp with shared toilets. The tents are 2.4m x 2.4m dome tents with a shared bucket shower and a short drop toilet.


    • Theory lectures
    • Setting up mist nets and trapping lines
    • Bird ringing
    • Bird watching
    • Wilderness walks, mokoro and game drive excursion


No prior experience is required – this course is open to anyone with an interest to learn about birds. It is not essentially a guiding course, although it will be an excellent component to develop as a specialist birding guide.

OGS Certificate: This is for students wanting to do the course for personal enrichment rather than pursuing a formal qualification to become a guide. They will receive an Okavango Guiding School certificate for participation in the course.

Your typical week at Lake Ngami:

Arrival day – We depart for Lake Ngami from Bon Arrivé which is opposite Maun International Airport at 14h00, (we then give the students time to purchase their drinks) – this is approximately a 2 hour road transfer.

This first day will consist primarily of orientation and familiarization of the area and what we will be doing for the next few days, in the early evening we will begin ringing the birds.
Meals – dinner

Days 2, 3, & 4 – We begin setting up mist nets and trapping lines. The daily structure will be determined by the most suitable activities given the environmental conditions. We aim to do as much trapping and ringing as possible with bird walks and drives between ringing.
Meals – breakfast, lunch & dinner

Last day – After your morning activity and breakfast we will return to Maun in plenty of time for those guests that have international flights to connect with.
Meals – breakfast

Please note – The above is just a broad outline so it can and will change depending on the guests needs, external factors and on some days it has been known to not be followed at all…..

Your course includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All activities
  • All meals (food is basic and meal time are flexible according to activities)
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • All activities
  • Scheduled transfer from Maun to Lake Ngami and return to Maun (1 transfer in and out per student)

Your course fee excludes:

  • Unscheduled transfers to/from Lake Ngami
  • Travel insurance
  • All flights
  • Items of personal nature, including toiletries
  • Staff gratuities
  • Drinks other than those mentioned above – these can be purchased in Maun before leaving for Lake Ngami, and we will gladly refrigerate them for you safe well-point drinking water is supplied – if you prefer bottled water, please ensure you purchase this in Maun
  • If you require snacks to tide yourself over between 3 meals a day, please bring these with you. Breakfast is cereals, oats, rusks with tea and coffee. Lunch consists of a hot dish with a meat, carbohydrate and a salad component. Dinner is a single course meal with meal, carbohydrate and vegetables.


USD 1162 per person


20% deposit to confirm booking. Balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment by bank transfer or credit card (card payments carry 5% service charge). Please see our booking conditions for more information.

Minimum and maximum student numbers:

Minimum is 2 students, maximum is 8 students

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