Life Lessons Learnt in 2020

EcoTraining Camp Manager, Emma Summers reflects on the year that has passed and shares her positive view on the lessons learnt throughout the year.

10 Ways To Save Wildlife & Why We Should Do It!

In order for ecosystems to be balanced and thrive, it’s essential that all living animals are properly protected. Wildlife is a term which relates to wild animals and undomesticated animals, such as insects and birds.

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Change is as good as a holiday especially in the bush

“There are two aspects on a personal level when it comes to change. It is either embraced or it is the one thing many of us fears the most.” Change really is as good as a holiday, but even more so when this ‘holiday’ is in the bush!

Giraffe Sunset

EcoTraining Puzzle: Giraffe Sunset

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Matching Pairs: Birds

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EcoTraining Puzzle: White Rhino

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Let’s talk Rhino Poaching Prevention

Did you know that “the number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 281 with a total of 176 individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching?” EcoTraining Camp Manager Emma Summers talk to us about Rhino Poaching Prevention.

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The Elusive Racket-tailed Roller of Makuleke

The Racket-tailed Roller has a rather limited distribution in South Africa, primarily being found in the far northeastern tip of Kruger National Park which is dominated by Mopane (Colophospermum mopane) which occurs in dense stands with limited ground cover as its understory. Let instructor Ross Hawkins explain more about this elusive bird.

Fruiting Trees of the Lowveld

Learn about the fruits and flowers of the Lowveld

The Lowveld’s rainy season is about to start and with the rain coming, it means that the flower and fruiting season is upon us. EcoTraining’s David Havemann speaks to us about some of the Lowveld trees and the various flavours associated with them.

EcoTraining Puzzle: Lioness

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Wilderness Photography Trip Report

Based in South Africa, Albie Venter has been involved in professional wildlife guiding, wildlife management and eco-tourism since 1996 and we are very privileged here at EcoTraining that Albie managed to visit our camps on a regular basis. Here is a wonderful trip report of his most recent visit on a Wilderness Photography Course in the magnificent Makuleke.

Jackal Sounds

Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas):

Side-striped jackal (Canis adustus):

Caninae Breakdown:

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Bushveld Flowers

How to interpret the smells of the bushveld

This time of year is by far our favourite. As the bushveld comes alive as do our senses with all the incredible sights, smells and sounds that surround us. EcoTraining’s David Havemann speak to us about what these smells mean and how to interpret them.

Foam-nest Tree Frogs Hatching

Have you ever wondered how the little tadpoles get out of a Southern Foam Nest Frogs nest?
Well, no need to wonder any longer. Instructor Tayla McCurdy managed to spot one of the rarest sightings of her career. Let Tayla walk you through her amazing sighting.

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EcoTraining Matching Pairs: Creepy Crawlies

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Did you know that “Creepy crawlies are insects which creep (walk slowly) or crawl (walk on four or more legs).”

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Migratory Birds | They are back

South Africa is well known for its birdlife, with close to +/- 850 species recorded in the country, of which around 100 (give or take) are migratory, in other words, they don’t call South Africa their permanent home but rather spend some parts of the year beyond our borders.

South Africa Is Travel Ready

The lift in restrictions could not have come at a better time. South Africa is known for its lovely weather and what better time to step foot on South African soil than during the spring months leading to summer. You can look forward to lovely weather as you enjoy the stunning beaches, wildlife and landscape the country has to offer.

EcoTraining Quiz: Migratory Birds

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Through the viewfinder

Through the Viewfinder

“In photography, a viewfinder is what the photographer looks through to compose, and, in many cases, to focus the picture.” Media intern, Christoff Els speak to EcoTraining Videographer, Willie van Eeden and student David den Hartog about the importance of a viewfinder on their camera’s.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Primates

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Victoria Craddock | The Apprentice Field Guide

Apprentice Field Guide Victoria Craddock has recently just received her FGASA Qualification and we couldn’t be more proud.
Victoria tells her story and shares her experience with us.

Celebrating the Limpopo River | World River Day 2020

According to the World Rivers Day Association this day “is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.’’

Giraffe Carcass | The Bottom of the Food Chain

EcoTraining instructor Tayla McCurdy came across this giraffe carcass near to EcoTraining Pridelands Conservancy this past week, and she has put down in her words what this experience was like and all the other creatures that are reaping the benefits.

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Into the Wild | by Ntsakisi Matelakengisa

As a young girl, I would never have thought that I could ever have loved being out in the wild, seeing the beautiful animals and driving around the scenic nature routes as much as I did. But, luckily for me, I got to grow up with a family that enjoyed going to areas such as the Kruger National Park and this gave my love a chance to grow even more.

Loal is lekker

EcoTraining Quiz: South Africa is ‘Lekker’

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Remember, Local is Lekker

Why not spend your time in the wilds of Africa whilst enjoying twice-daily activities at one of EcoTraining unfenced camps within the Limpopo Province. Or have a look what the other 8 amazing provinces in South Africa could have in store for you. Because you know, ‘Local is Lekker’