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.
Next start date
15 April 2017
Online or on location?
18+; able-bodied; can walk 5-10km carrying a backpack of camping supplies; adventurous
Who is this for?
Guides, nature lovers and hikers
Prices start from US$500 for 6 days - participants bring their own provisions
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
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.
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
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!