Each course is uniquely tailored to the expertise of the international and local teachers. The first two weeks are spent in the field learning about conservation and ecological issues relevant to the course site. You will then work with other participants to design, implement, analyse and report on a short field research project, supported by a series of lectures, interactive workshops and supervision tutorials.
About the site
The main vegetation is mopane forest, some of the notable other plants are trees are the Fever berry, the Candle pod acacia, Camelthorn, Kalahari apple leaf and the Shepard tree. The reserve has a range of wildlife to see which include some which are potentially dangerous such as lions, leopard, hyenas, elephants, crocodiles, buffalos and hippos. All the necessary safety information will be given upon your arrival.
The research station
The main area covers approx. 200m2, and has a kitchen, lounge and living-room area, dining room, library, laboratory, a bar and a viewing deck. You will be housed in shared bungalows which have an inside and outside shower, toilet, table and cupboard as well as plug sockets.
100% of the electrical energy is provided by solar panels although there is a back-up generator. The water comes from a 28m deep borehole, is perfectly clean and filtered.
June is the start of the dry season, and it is highly unlikely that it will rain, this is also the coolest time of the year although temperatures increase towards August. Nights can get down to 2oC and early mornings can be chilly from 7oC, during the day temperatures rise quickly to a pleasant 26oC and skies will be clear and blue. Some green bushes and trees persist but leaf drop will have started and non-permanent pans are beginning to dry up – a great time for wildlife sightings and the inner parts of the Okavango Delta will be beginning to flood.