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Welcome to EcoTraining

Become a world-class safari guide and passionate guardian of nature.

Training guides and guardians since 1993

EcoTraining leads the way in safari guide and wildlife training in Africa.

We’re respected for our excellent nature guide courses and training the next generation of guides.

Our courses are held in unfenced wilderness camps in prime wildlife areas in South Africa, Botswana and Kenya.

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Start your wildlife career

Accredited and endorsed by leading associations such as FGASA and official training entities such as CATHSSETA, our career courses and programmes offer individuals an opportunity to turn a passion for wildlife and nature into a career.

55-day Field Guide ONE Course

The EcoTraining Field Guide ONE course is industry-tailored, mainly aimed at giving South Africans their first steps towards their field guide career. It is the number ONE course to consider when becoming a qualified Field Guide.

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Our Wildlife programmes and courses are designed for everyone who is interested in nature, whether they intend to pursue a career in conservation or simply love being in the bush.

7/14-day Masai Mara EcoQuest

This EcoQuest program is based in South Africa and Botswana, it includes unique elements which reflect the fascinating dynamics occurring in the wildlife areas of the Mara.

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Connect with like-minded people from all over the world with our live and interactive online sessions. Study conservation online in this adventure-packed learning experience.

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On-demand Field Guide Course

This on-demand Field Guide course is a tailor-made solution for individuals with busy schedules who yearn to pursue their passion for field guiding at their preferred pace.

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Take a gap year and experience an immersive wildlife experience or customise a course for small groups, university study programmes or private travel with EcoTraining.

Gap Year

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our unique wildlife gap year programs, immersing yourself in breathtaking habitats, learning, discovering, and making a meaningful impact. Whether you’re a school leaver unsure of your future path or a nature enthusiast, step into an exciting world of adventure with our wildlife gap year programme.

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Customised Wildlife Programmes

Customised courses for agents and tour operators to assist with the planning of educational safari itineraries catered for small group departures, alumni travel, private celebrity travel, summer schools, and university study abroad programmes.

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Why choose EcoTraining

Large, bio-diverse footprint

It is the original guide training school in South Africa, with the largest, most bio-diverse footprint in Africa.

Prime locations

Located in six pristine wildlife reserves in three African countries. We’re the only private training school ‌situated inside the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves.

Accredited courses

We offer FGASA-endorsed and CATHSSETA-accredited courses. We’re the first guide training school to receive formal accreditation from the Council for Higher Education (CHE).

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Six camps, endless possibilities

Located across three countries, our six camps each offer unique experiences for EcoTraining guides and wildlife guardians.

Enter your wildlife career. Explore our camps.

Mara Training Centre

Located on the banks of the Mara river,
the camp is nestled between communities
and wildlife conservancies.

Makuleke Concession

Explore the untamed wilderness of Kruger
National Park’s Makuleke Concession
with EcoTraining.

Mashatu Game Reserve

Located at the confluence of the Limpopo
and Shashe Rivers, in the eastern
corner of Botswana.

Pridelands Conservancy

A natural wonderland with free-roaming
elephants located in the Limpopo
Province of South Africa.

Selati Game Reserve

A sanctuary for wildlife, providing visitors
an opportunity to witness Africa’s
animals in their natural habitat.

Karongwe Reserve

A unique safari destination that offers
visitors an immersive and unforgettable
experience.

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