With the Wilderness Trails Skills course EcoTraining wants to give back to the industry and conservation, introduce guides to one another and share what they have. Not only that, but also provide aspirant guides with a platform to develop the true wilderness spirit within them. Giving these guides the opportunity to be a part of the bigger wilder picture will not only rejuvenate their spirits, but in turn will wear off on their clients and help the greater cause of conservation.
The 5 nights/6 days course will be spend exploring one of South Africa last true wilderness areas on foot. The Makuleke is a 24 000 hectare concession of pristine wilderness inside the Kruger National Park. It has almost no roads, has the largest fever tree forest in South Africa, two perennial rivers, 12 natural springs, has open borders with two countries and lies in the middle of the Limpopo Transfrontier National Park.
Bruce Lawson, one of South Africa’s premier wilderness guides and one of only a hand full of guides who have passed the SKS DG and Birding qualifications, will be tutoring each course. Lessons you will be taught will not be found in any books, but will rather be hands on learning. 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.
For example: Lesson 1 – PLAN for your overnight stops. P-Position: Is your position a safe one? L-Location: Are you located close to escape route? A-Acquisitions: Are resources close to hand (water & firewood)? N-Navigation: Will it be easy to navigate from, come leaving time? Lesson 2 – How to make an Eco-Friendly fire (You’ll have to come on course for that one…). Lesson 3 – Minimal footprint.
Each guide will take the lead each day, (the route is up to them,) and learn the intricacies of advanced navigation while exploring this pristine wilderness. Game viewing is an option, as game is plentiful, however every effort will be made to avoid confrontational encounters. Nights will be spent under the stars getting to know the environment by starlight.
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