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Training Camp

Kwapa

"At the edge of the Okavango Delta"

One of our favourite camps on the edge of the Delta. If you want to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Delta then this is the right place for you!

The Camp:

The training camp is situated in a private concession area in the southern Okavango. Major habitat types include savannah, woodland, mopane woodland/scrub, grassland, floodplain and riverine forest. Please note that Kwapa is not in the permanent swamps which makes it a better wildlife area but when water levels are low November-June the Kwapa River may dry up all together. Water levels in the Okavango are impossible to predict from year-to-year.
The area has resident populations of most of Africa’s iconic wildlife but our focus on all our courses is learning and discovering. We do not chase Big 5 but rather delve into the ecological interactions of all our wildlife regardless of the species.

Accommodation:

Kwapa Camp has nine 3 x 4 meru-style tents with a short passage to an enlarged en-suite bathroom with bucket shower and short drop toilet. Each tent is furnished with two camp beds, sheets, pillows, duvet and towels. A battery-operated LED light is provided in the tents. There is a wash basin and relaxing chairs on the covered verandah.
Accommodation is on a shared basis with the option of a single supplement for single accommodation.

YOUR TYPICAL WEEK AT KWAPA CAMP

First day: the Okavango Guiding School trainer meets all students at the PPCC Indian restaurant across the road from Maun Airport at 14h00. The transfer to camp takes approximately 2-2.5 hours. Please note that if any students arrive after 14h30 they will have to find accommodation in Maun and pay the U$75.00 fee for an unscheduled transfer to Kwapa Camp the following day.

Arriving at Kwapa Camp in the late afternoon, the rest of this first day consists primarily of orientation and familiarization of the assessment process to be used for this course. Meals – dinner

A typical day: Kwapa Camp, on the banks of the temporary Kwapa River in the Okavango Delta, operates on a “duty-guide” system. Each day there are two duty-guides who will assist with wake-up calls and preparation for breakfast. One duty-guide will guide the morning activity whilst the other will guide the afternoon activity. Each activity will be approximately 3 hours. After returning from morning activity at around 10h00, there is a coffee and tea break. After each activity there is a short discussion regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the guided experience. At each meal, duty-guides are encouraged to host the group using acceptable hosting techniques such as leading conversation throughout the meal, making sure drinks are served and “guests” all have what they require before beginning to eat.

  • 11h00 – 12h00: Lecture
  • 12h00 – 13h00: Lunch
  • 13h00 – 14h00: Shower and rest period.
  • 14h00 – 15h00: Presentation by candidates or facilitator
  • 15h00 – 18h00: Afternoon activity/ training session
  • 18h30 – 19h30: Review of afternoon activity/ training session
  • 19h30 – 20h30: Dinner and daily activities finish
  • Meals – Breakfast, lunch and 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. Meals – breakfast

 

Possibly the most amazing thing about the area is the fact that it is part of a wilderness area that stretches unfenced for hundreds of thousands of square kilometres through Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, southern Angola and southern Zambia.

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