Life-changing, Educational Wilderness Programs

Creating guides and guardians of our natural world

Whether you’d like to pursue a career in field guiding or simply spend some time in the bush and connect with nature, EcoTraining can help you gain the relevant qualifications and skills, while providing you with unforgettable wilderness experiences.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Nelson Mandela



Blog: from the field

Henry Parsons: the bush, EcoTraining and I
September 26, 2016

We handpick our instructors to make sure we offer our students the best possible experience on course. Henry Parsons is one of those inspiring and motivational instructors that you do not find around every corner. In this blog Henry tells us all about his love for the bush and why he loves working for EcoTraining.

Raymond Khoza: an inspirational story about passion for a guiding career
September 20, 2016

If you ever were to meet a person oozing with a love for life,  an engaging manner and an ease with meeting people, it would be Raymond Khosa, seasoned field and trails guide in the Kruger Park.  In the few minutes of talking to him, you will realise his razor sharp memory for facts, people’s journeys and his career that started with an EcoTraining course 14 years ago.    

A day in the life of Mashatu camp staff
September 15, 2016

There is a lot going on behind the scenes at our camps that most people are not aware of.  From early morning to late night our staff are dedicated to the well-being of our students. This is how it is done at our Mashatu camp.

Wildlife encounters around every corner
September 13, 2016

Mashatu had an incredible week of wildlife activity. Being based in a big game area, our unfenced camp regularly receives non-human visitors and we enjoy regular encounters on our daily walks and game drives. These encounters make the wilderness element of our courses uniquely special

To walk and just be in the wilderness
September 07, 2016

It’s a “complex shifting of ‘stuff’ under the surface of one’s consciousness”.  The EcoTraining Wilderness Trails Skills course takes you on a journey through one of the most untouched wilderness areas in Africa. By leaving the busy-ness of your daily life behind, you get a chance to rediscover yourself in the most natural way possible.

A poem: The journey of a safari guide student
September 02, 2016

Gary Ray left the corporate world in Joburg to embark on a dramatic change to his life - to train as a professional safari guide then to live and work in Africa's bushveld.  He was so impacted on by nature while training with EcoTraining, that he wrote this poem during his one year course.