Wilderness Trails Skills
This unique six-day course provides a perfect platform for aspirant or qualified guides or nature lovers to discover and reconnect with meaningful wilderness encounters. We firmly believe that the wilderness experience can be an inspiring cornerstone in the lives and careers of all those with a passion for nature and its inhabitants, developing a lifelong culture of conservation.
WHY DO THE COURSE?
This purist wilderness experience is about traversing across some of the finest and most remote wilderness regions of southern Africa on foot. The course may challenge some personal boundaries as participants sleep in the open wilderness under the stars and travel light with minimal supplies.
It is more about the depth of experience than the distance as you learn to make a fire, find water from natural sources and leave a light footprint behind you. This unique course provides a perfect platform for aspirant or qualified guides or nature lovers, to discover and reconnect with meaningful wilderness encounters. This immersive nature experience can be an inspiring cornerstone in the lives and careers of all those with a passion for nature and its inhabitants, developing a lifelong culture of conservation.
While there are no formal subjects or lectures, the emphasis of the course lies on meaningful wilderness philosophy, low impact guiding skills and bush lore. The adventures are instructed by some of the most experienced trainer/guides in Africa, with a choice of stunning venues within the Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park (KNP).
Lessons taught on this course will not be found in any book, but learning will be ‘hands on’. Lessons include wilderness appreciation and the MIA (Minimal Impact Approach), situational awareness, setting up an eco-friendly camps and water purification, and ‘leaving no trace’ are but a few of the advanced skills you will learn.
Our winning formula
You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments or the frequency of practical activities we offer.
19 July – 24 July 2022 (Makuleke)
16 October – 21 October 2022 (Makuleke)
04 April – 10 April 2023 (Makuleke)
13 May 2023 – 18 May 2023 (Makuleke)
04 September 2023 – 09 September 2023 (Makuleke)
Participants who are qualified trails guide back-ups wishing to obtain hours and encounters towards their lead qualification, will rotate as back-ups and can log their hours and encounters.