The EcoTraining Nakavango FGASA Field Guide course is based in the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve (in a concession) for the duration of the 55-day course. However, participants will also enjoy visits to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and, of course, Victoria Falls, within the Victoria Falls National Park.
The Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve is the only property in the Victoria Falls region where Africa’s Big 5 can be viewed, and is thus fenced. The evenings transmit the characteristic calls of spotted hyenas, their tracks often being found right outside camp in the early morning.
There is a great diversity of wildlife on the reserve, from invertebrates, frogs and reptiles to birds and mammals. The bird species in the region include “specials” such as the broad-billed roller, Western banded snake eagle, Schalow’s turaco, Narina trogon and Taita falcon.
Mammals are abundant – from small gerbils and other rodents and several species of smaller carnivores to antelope, and right through to the large predators (lion, leopard, cheetah) and the African elephant.