This list of what to bring will vary slightly depending on which course you attend, however for most of the courses, you would need to bring the following:
Please see the specific information for the Birding and Wildlife Photography courses for extra items to bring.
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|• Appropriate walking shoes (hiking boots). Thorns go straight through takkies or sport shoes! || |
|• Photocopies of your ID / Passport (might be needed for car rentals/other uses)|| |
|• Sandals for around the camp || |
|• Khaki (or neutral coloured) clothing for the bush || |
|• Warm Jacket and jersey (gloves and scarf as it can get very chilly in the mornings and evenings in winter)|| |
|• Hat for protecting both the head and neck || |
|• Sunscreen || |
|• Bath soap and towel || |
|• Torch – very important (a headlamp is very handy as well as a standing lamp for in the tent) || |
|• Extra batteries || |
|• Pen / pencil and small notebooks || |
|• A4 Notebooks / Notepads || |
|• Small field note books || |
|• We supply some bedding but please bring sleeping bag and small pillow for sleep outs. (an extra blanket is recommended in winter) (no sleeping bag and pillow needed for short courses) || |
|• Raincoat / Poncho || |
|• Insect / tic repellent || |
|• Water bottles, at least 2 litres. We recommend a camelback, MTB or walking water pouch. || |
|• Any small snacks / cigarettes etc you would like as there are no shops in the area! || |
|• Any reference / field guide books you may have || |
|• Binoculars and a birding book are essential for your birding courses! || |
|• Camera || |
|• Rucksack / daypack || |
|• Any personal medication || |
|• CASH (in ZAR Rands only) - sufficient cash for 4 weeks if you intend to purchase from the camp shop. The camps do not have easy access to the closest towns which have ATMs but the ATMs may not always work|| |
|• Battery operated alarm clock (cellphone/mobile batteries run out and students need alarm clocks to wake up at the allocated times)|| |
1. Cellphones: There is little or no cell phone reception in the camps. Please ensure that you have enough 'cell airtime' as there is no access to venues providing 'cell airtime.'
2. If you have a musical instrument that you would like to bring along, you're most welcome.
3. Please note: radios and C.D. players are NOT allowed. Personal mp3s and Ipods with earphones can be used, although they are to be used in your tent only and with sensitivity to fellow course participants and the environment. If you bring an Ipod, please bring your own charging equipment for it, that is, a laptop.
4. We highly recommend that you bring additional power sources for your laptop, such as an extra charged battery or a car charger. A protective surge charger is a MUST! EcoTraining takes no responsibility for damaged equipment. There is limited power use through a generator - 3 hours a day and needs to run the camp and student requests and current fluctuates. The Instructor has full authority on power supply.
5. For international students, please bring adaptors to suit your own plugs and South African plugs
Extra requirements for those attending the Trails Guide Course:
1. The focus is on walking so bring 6 litre capacity water bottles or bladder bags.
2. You need a good sized backpack for the walks as you will be carrying full first aid kits, water and snacks.
Extra requirements for those attending the Birding Courses:
1. A good birding book is essential. Please make sure you have a new version as many names of birds have been changed.
2. Good binoculars are a must!
Extra requirements for those attending the Tracking Courses:
1. Bandanna or something similar that can be used as a blindfold
3. Longs (long sleeve shirt or jacket/flees and long pants)
4. Shorts (short pants and short-sleeve shirt or T-shirt)
5. Closed shoes/boots and socks
Extra requirements for those attending the Photography Courses:
• Your camera and lenses (and any other camera accessories you may wish to use)
• Camera instruction manual
• Film for film cameras
• Flash if you have one
• Good sturdy tripod
Tip from Lex: you can make your own beanbag by filling three quarters of a cloth bank bag with rice and then sew it closed.
• Card reader for your digital camera
Camp information document with a check list
Download Selati info doc and check list here
Download Karongwe info doc and check list here
Download Makuleke info doc and check list here
Download Mashatu info doc and check list here
Download Rukinga info doc and check list here