Wilderness Botswana has been training staff since about 2001 when the fledgling Training Department was conceived. Since those humble beginnings it has been grown by a number of individuals into the well oiled machine that it is today. There are at present seven trainers covering different facets of safari camp operations from managers and guides to housekeepers and waitrons.
Last year was very busy with a number of different course, ranging from refreshing the skills of new trainee guides to finding snakes on a walk with the Exploration guides and being entertained by the trainee managers on a course at Kaporota.
Learning has to be fun and we strive to make it so. I believe these pictures show just how much fun can be had while learning. The adjoining images show just a few of the fun moments during the various training programmes.
IMAGE1: Gerhard, Festus and Jimmy from some of our camps in Namibia joined the Exploration guides on a walking refresher in the Khwai Concession. Much to Gerhard’s dismay (he doesnt like snakes!) he found a Southern African python. In true form the Botswana guides soon had it in hand and were discussing its various interesting adaptations and features. Thanks to Dave Luck for the great pic.
IMAGE2: Here Richard Avilino checks out a sleeping elephant during an afternoon walk. The smile says it all! A successful approach to an elephant that decided to go to sleep while we watched him!
IMAGE3: Like little bee-eaters in a row, trainee guides enjoy a boat cruise while learning how to captain a boat. With the increase in water in the Kwedi Concession, Kaporota has become a true island once more and is now only accessible by boat during the annual inundation.
Let’s not forget that managers also go through training. Guide training is now actively involved in ensuring the new managers have a full set of bush skills.
IMAGE4: Here Sylvester checks out an old hippo jaw we discovered on an afternoon walk.
IMAGE5: After proving that they should continue to train as managers rather than polers, Dittmar was declared the winner of the inaugural Kaporota Channel Spoon Race. The ladies also had a chance to showcase their skills. Here we see a fine example of how to avoid sinking the mokoro.