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Wilderness Trails Course

Unique hiking and wilderness experience in a remote part of South Africa

At a glance

This unique six-day course involves hiking and sleeping out under in the African bush. The course is operated by our African training partner, EcoTraining, and provides a perfect platform for nature lovers to discover and reconnect with meaningful wilderness encounters. These wilderness experiences 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. The course may challenge some personal boundaries as we sleep wild under the stars, track and stalk game, and travel light with minimal supplies. It's certainly more about depth than distance. The backdrop, of course, is traversing some of the finest and most remote wilderness regions of southern Africa on foot.

  • Location

    South Africa

  • Next start date

    15 April 2017

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Online or on location?

    On location

  • Prerequisites

    18+; able-bodied; can walk 5-10km carrying a backpack of camping supplies; adventurous

  • Who is this for?

    Guides, nature lovers and hikers

  • Cost

    Prices start from US$500 for 6 days - participants bring their own provisions

    Interests

  • Geology

  • Survival skills

  • Wildlife

  • Tracking

  • Hiking

Upcoming course dates

15 April 2017

14 May 2017

7 June 2017

11 July 2017

25 July 2017

14 August 2017

4 September 2017

2 October 2017

Want to discuss this course and ask questions? Enquire now, and we’ll call you back.
DETAILED OVERVIEW

While there are no formal subjects or lectures, the emphasis of this course lies on meaningful wilderness philosophy, tracking, low-impact guiding skills and bush lore. The adventures are instructed by some of the most experienced trainers and guides in Africa. Lessons taught will not be found in any book, but while learning “hands on”. These include advanced navigation and orientation (with an emphasis on map reading), situational awareness, setting up eco-friendly camps and water purification (without using modern techniques) is but a few of the advanced skills you will learn. Course participants need to provide their own camping equipment, food and other equipment. Detailed packing lists are provided for course participants.

SKILLS YOU'LL GAIN

The course may challenge some personal boundaries as we sleep wild under the stars, track and stalk game, and travel light with minimal supplies. It’s certainly more about depth than distance. The backdrop, of course, is traversing some of the finest and most remote wilderness regions of southern Africa on foot.

COURSE SUBJECTS

You will learn life skills whilst hiking through remote regions of the African wilderness including:

  • PLAN for overnight stops
  • P – Position: is your position a safe one?
  • L – Location: are you located close to an escape route?
  • A – Acquisitions: are resources (water and firewood) close to hand?
  • N – Navigation: will it be easy to navigate from, come leaving time?)
  • How to make an eco-friendly fire (you’ll have to come on course for that one …)
  • Minimal footprint – how to guide in the bush, leaving little or no evidence of your presence
  • Navigation using maps, compass and landmarks
  • Planning and setting up campsites
  • Night watch
  • Planning for and collection of water replenishment
  • Trail/track where appropriate

Charismatic species

During your course, you should encounter some (or if you’re lucky, all) of these fine animals. Sightings aren’t guaranteed of course, but you never know!

Zebra

Leopard

Giraffe

Rhino

Lion

Buffalo

Elephant

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