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Masai Mara EcoQuest

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Why do the Masai Mara EcoQuest?

If you are a wildlife enthusiast wanting to gain a greater understanding of nature while experiencing East Africa’s wildlife, then the Masai Mara EcoQuest is for you.

Whilst absorbing all there is to know about nature on game drives and wilderness walks, gain exposure to the fascinating three-way relationship between Masai Mara wildlife, communities and conservation efforts.

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WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Facts about nature:

  • an introduction to ecology
  • animal tracks and tracking
  • birding and plant identification
  • animal behaviour
  • astronomy

Life in the Mara: explore and learn about

  • wildlife cohabitating with communities, their cattle and crops
  • conflict between pastoralists and the wildlife competing for space and food
  • community schools and sports amidst the Mara conservancies
  • conservation models involving cattle in wildlife areas
  • the rhino sanctuary

Located alongside the Mara river, the centre is nestled between community villages and wildlife areas.
These courses, taking place in August 2017, overlap with the world-famous migration in Kenya and Tanzania so the options for a diverse exciting visit to Kenya are many!

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COURSE DATES

15-28 September 2017 (14 days)

15-21 December 2017 (7 days)

17-30 June 2018 (14 days)

18-31 July 2018 (14 days)

1 August- 7 August 2018  (7 days)

1 September-7 September 2018 (7 days)

15 December-21 December 2018 (7 days)

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Kenya Safari Guide

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WHY DO THE COURSE

Whether you’ve chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature, have just finished school and are on your gap year, if you’ve possibly taken a career break or are a regular traveller to the bush, this course is for you. It is structured to maximise the practical experience of our learners in the bush.

Each day allows for hours of time spent in the field interpreting the ecology and enjoying a wildlife experience.

SUBJECTS

WHAT WE COVER
  • Field guiding as a profession
  • Basic 4×4 driving
  • Navigation and orientation
  • Radio procedures
  • Ecology
  • Reptiles
  • Geology and soil
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Weather and climate
  • Anticipating animal behaviour

COURSE DATES

1 October-28 October 2017 (Mara Training centre)

2 November-29 November 2017 (Borana)

16 January-12 February 2018 (Mara Training centre)

2 November-29 November 2018 (Borana)

YOU COULD WALK AWAY WITH

All students will be awarded with an EcoTraining Certificate on completion. Students will have the opportunity to attempt the KPSGA bronze qualification.

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Birding in the Bush

WHY DO THE COURSE?

You don’t have to be a “twitcher” to attend. The course caters to those who wish to learn the basics of bird identification or improve their existing identification skills. Although there are some lectures, it is very much a practical course, with hours spent out in the field to learn how to successfully identify birds by sight and sound.

“I loved the course, very professional and never a dull moment.”

Larry Wigoder – October 2014

We are confident that any person attending our course will leave us enriched, and with greater confidence in being able to pass on the wonders and beauty of South African birdlife to family, friends or clients.

SUBJECTS

  • Evolution
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Habitats and environments
  • Bird identification
  • Bird behaviour
  • Ethics

Our winning formula

You will be based a camp in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. No other training provider can match the pristine environment in which we train the frequency of practical activities we offer

YOU COULD WALK AWAY WITH

All course participants receive an EcoTraining certificate of participation.

COURSE DATES

24 September- 30 September 2017 (Makuleke)

20 February-26 February 2018 (Makuleke)

17 September-23 September 2018 (Makuleke)

29 November-5 December 2018 (Selati)

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Matric Rave Bush Break EcoTraining

Matric EcoQuest

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WHY JOIN US?

A thrilling hands-on bush adventure combining the fascinating elements of nature, being up, close and personal to wild animal interactions and trying out some of the typical aspects of a game ranger’s work and life.

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE THIS…

  • Wake up with tunes of early morning bird-song and drumbeats
  • Go on a game drive out into the wilderness, fresh air in your face; an outing promising the soul food of awe-inspiring views and exciting encounters with wild animals
  • Learn to drive a powerful 4×4
  • Walk into the wilderness, approaching big game on foot (with an armed instructor always close by)
  • Wade through a river feeling the cool water against your sun-kissed legs
  • Sit around the camp fire at night with plenty of time to enjoy a couple of drinks
  • Share sunrises and sunsets together and capture all these memories on camera
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WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • use tracking skills to find animals
  • gain knowledge and skills to protect our wildlife
  • sleep out under the stars of the African skies
  • navigate and orientate yourself using nature’s markers and signs;
  • learn how to handle a rifle, practise target shooting
  • steer yourself and your friends in a rugged 4×4 vehicle, whilst learning off-road driving skills
  • study the night skies and brush up on your astronomy knowledge
  • learn so much about wildlife

COURSE DATES

30 November – 4 December 2017 (Karongwe)

30 November – 4 December 2018 (Karongwe)

Matric Rave Bush Break EcoTraining

This five day Bush Breakaway is not for sissies. You will need more courage to face that elephant on foot, or in the camp, than you will need to face that tequila hangover.

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Wilderness Trails Skills

WHY DO THE COURSE?

The course may challenge some personal boundaries as we sleep wild under the stars, track and stalk game, and travel light with minimal supplies. It’s certainly more about depth than distance. The backdrop, of course, is traversing some of the finest and most remote wilderness regions of southern Africa on foot.

While there are no formal subjects or lectures, the emphasis of the course lies on meaningful wilderness philosophy, tracking, low-impact guiding skills and bush lore. The adventures are instructed by some of the most experienced trainers and guides in Africa, with a choice of stunning venues within the Makuleke Concession (Kruger National Park) or the Mashatu Game Reserve(Botswana).

SUBJECTS

  • PLAN for overnight stops
  • P – Position: is your position a safe one?
  • L – Location: are you located close to an escape route?
  • A – Acquisitions: are resources (water and firewood) close to hand?
  • N – Navigation: will it be easy to navigate from, come leaving time?)
  • How to make an eco-friendly fire (you’ll have to come on course for that one …)
  • Minimal footprint – how to guide in the bush, leaving little or no evidence of your presence
  • Navigation using maps, compass and landmarks
  • Planning and setting up campsites
  • Night watch
  • Planning for and collection of water replenishment
  • Trail/track where appropriate

Our winning formula

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments, or the frequency of practical activities we offer.

COURSE DATES

4 September-9 September 2017 (Makuleke)

2 October-7 October 2017 (Makuleke)

TAKE NOTE

Participants who are qualified trails guide back-ups wishing to obtain hours and encounters towards their lead qualification, will rotate as back-ups and can log their hours and encounters.

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Wildlife Photography Course EcoTraining

Wilderness Photography

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We start the wilderness photography course with a discussion on the equipment needed to become a versatile wildlife photographer, and then go on to discuss the various elements that combine to make a good wildlife photograph.

Participants will spend mornings and afternoons in the bush looking for photographic opportunities, followed by a lecture each day and constructive criticism of any digital photos taken during each activity.

“I really enjoyed my stay here, it was a fantastic experience. We had amazing instructors [who] were really helpful and gave us a brilliant opportunity to see amazing animals.”

Kate Perry – April 2014

WHY DO THE COURSE?

The Wilderness Photography workshop aims to reveal the thought processes behind the making of a good wildlife photograph. The course will give photographers time and opportunity to put these thoughts into action in the field, under the guidance of an experienced wildlife photographer.

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HAT DOES THE COURSE CONSIST OF?

  • Module 1: Understanding exposure
  • Module 2: Composition
  • Module 3: Understanding light
  • Module 4 : Photographic guiding skills
  • Module 5: Editing images and social media

SUBJECTS

  • Equipment, lighting
  • Backgrounds
  • Depth of field and exposure
  • Composition
  • Impact
  • Storytelling
  • Action/motion sequences

Our winning formula

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments, or the frequency of practical activities we offer.

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COURSE DATES

3 August- 9 August 2018 (Makuleke)

13 March- 19 March 2018 (Makuleke)

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EcoTracker Course: Animal tracks and tracking

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WHY DO THE COURSE?

Our seven- and 14-day courses take place in remote wilderness areas of Botswana and South Africa. EcoTracker will engross you in all aspects of tracking wild animals: track and sign identification, trailing and survival techniques of wildlife. The courses are mostly hosted by engaging and expert Shangaan trackers.

In many parts of Africa, the ancient survival skills of tracking wild animals have disappeared at an alarming rate – alarming because without these skills, humanity’s connection to the Earth is significantly reduced. The time-worn skills of animal tracking taught human beings to live consciously with an appreciation and respect for the natural world. With urbanisation and technology, much of this profound ecological intelligence is being lost at a time when it is most important to our long-term survival.
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EcoTracker aims to contribute to the preservation of indigenous wilderness skills and the conservation of the Earth’s last wild places. Our instructors are certified by the acclaimed Tracker Academy – the first and only accredited tracker training school in South Africa. Visitors to EcoTracker will get a taste of this knowledge from Shangaan trackers who have dedicated themselves to mastering the skills of traditional hunter-gatherers.

WHAT IS TRACKING?

There are two major aspects to tracking of wildlife – track and sign interpretation, and trailing (following animal trails). EcoTracker includes hunter-gatherer techniques as part of the course. All aspects of tracking take years to master.

Track and sign interpretation – this component of animal tracking looks at the signs left by invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals. All learning takes place in the field using field guides, photographs and presentations to supplement practical training.

Trailing – this component involves following tracks to find the animal. Mastering trailing takes years, and this aspect of the course requires a relatively high level of fitness and an ability to focus mentally. EcoTracker’s instructors are among the best animal trailers in South Africa, and we pride ourselves on our ability to teach this complex skill.

Students will have the opportunity to practise trailing wild animals themselves – under the watchful eye of an EcoTracker instructor. Interpreting mammal and bird alarm calls, animal behaviour and assessing the age of tracks form part of the trailing skill set.

Hunter-gatherer techniques – Southern Africa’s indigenous peoples survived off the land for centuries. EcoTracker’s instructors will teach you how to build traps using only natural materials, show you how to find birds’ nests, water and edible fruits. Through sharing of their experiences growing up in the wilderness, the instructors will immerse students in the wild.

COURSE INFORMATION

7-day course:
This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of track and sign interpretation. The assessment at the end of the course is endorsed by FGASA for those who wish to try and achieve certification. Depending on the seasonal movement of animals in the area, students may be afforded the opportunity to follow or trail animals on foot.

14-day course:
The longer course gives students the opportunity for a more comprehensive understanding of track and sign interpretation, trailing and hunter-gatherer techniques. The core focus of this course is to spend time trailing animals such as rhino, elephant, buffalo and lion on foot (often dependent on seasonal animal movements). At the end of the course, students can choose to do a fully accredited FGASA trailing and track and sign course.

The course will begin with the track and sign interpretation component, where trainers will teach you how to correctly analyse an animal’s track. Visual presentations, using photographs and illustrations, are also employed to assist with the learning process.

The second component of the course deals with the ability to follow or “trail” an animal’s track, until the tracker finds it. Trailing skills are more complex, and therefore take much longer, to master.

Learners will get to experience the trailing skills first-hand from our Shangaan trainers, who are some of the top trackers in South Africa. Once comfortable the learners will have the opportunity to practise trailing an animal themselves, under the tutelage of the trainers.


Our winning formula

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments, or the frequency of practical activities we offer.

YOU COULD WALK AWAY WITH

FGASA-endorsed evaluations – the two-week course culminates with a two-day evaluation of both tracking components. Depending on the results achieved, the learner will receive a FGASA-endorsed tracking certificate. An EcoTracker certificate for participation will be always be awarded for attendance.

COURSE DATES

12 June-25 June 2017 (Mashatu)

25 August-31 August (Makuleke)

12 October-18 October 2017 (Selati)

14 November-20 November 2017 (Mashatu)

5 December-11 December 2017 (Selati)

26 February-4 March 2018 (Makuleke)

19 March-25 March 2018 (Makuleke)

20 June-3 July 2018 (Mashatu)

28 July-3 August 2018 (Makuleke)

26 August-1 September 2018 (Mashatu)

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EcoQuest

WHY DO THE COURSE?

If you are an adventurous spirit wanting to gain a greater understanding of nature and the environment while experiencing the excitement of the bush, then the EcoQuest is for you. Or if you are a student testing the waters for a career in this field, join this course. And on top of it all, we show you how to drive a 4×4 vehicle, to identify birds, plants, trees and tracks, and how to track animals.

“When I came to EcoTraining, I could feel the nature from the beginning. It reminds me of an old Chinese saying, that man is an integral part of nature.”

Cookie – Chinese EcoQuest – 2015

The course consists of two components –  fascinating facts and knowledge gained about all elements of nature combined with a day in the life of a safari guide experience.

  • You will learn about the infinite variety of living organisms that exist in nature.
  • Study the behaviour, interaction and identification of the small creatures and birds in our ecosystems.
  • Understand the underlying elements that support this variety of life such as geology, soils, plants and climate.
  • While you study these smaller organisms, you will study and learn to identify the habits and behaviour of the larger charismatic wild animals that roam our wilderness areas.
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SUBJECTS

  • Ecology
  • Common trees and shrubs
  • Animal tracks and tracking
  • Bird identification and behaviour
  • Animal behaviour
  • Astronomy
  • Orientation and navigation
  • Bush skills
  • Using binoculars correctly and positioning for photography

Our winning formula

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments, or the frequency of practical activities we offer.

COURSE DATES

30 September-6 October 2017 (Makuleke)

10 December-23 December 2017 (Karongwe & Makuleke)

19 March-25 March 2018 (Makuleke)

2 July-6 July (Karongwe) 2018 – Family EcoQuest

16 July-29 July 2018 (Karongwe)

18 August-31 August 2018 (Makuleke & Karongwe)

29 October-4 November 2018 (Karongwe)

1 November-14 November 2018 (Mashatu & Makuleke)

14 November – 20 November (Makuleke)

22 November – 28 November (Makuleke)

10 December-16 December (Karongwe)

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Safari Guide Course EcoTraining

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WHY DO THE COURSE?

The basis of this course was first developed in 1993 and was the first of its kind in the safari industry. It is for those who are passionate about nature, and who would like a more in-depth experience and understanding of it.

“I cannot thank you enough for the amazing safari guide course that Justin, my son, attended, and for all the input you have each invested into his life.”

Shirley Tobias (Justin Tobias’s mother) – 2015

SUBJECTS

WHAT WE COVER
  • Ecology, geology and soils
  • Trees/Vegetation Identification
  • Birds
  • Tracks and tracking
  • Mammals
  • Guiding Skills (including vehicles and radio procedures)
  • Arthropods
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Astronomy
  • Climate and Sleep-out
  • Bushcraft
  • Fish and Taxonomy
  • Grasses
  • Habitat Management
  • Historical Human Habitation
  • Basic Fire Arm Theory and Practical Shoot/Study Day (depending on camp)

Our winning formula

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments, or the frequency of practical activities we offer.

ASSESSMENTS

There are two tests, one presentation and one assessment during this course. These are not compulsory, yet they do give the learner a sense of purpose and meaning while doing this course. For those who are not interested in studying, writing and being tested, kindly be considerate of those who are attending this course for those purposes.

* Depending on the particular group, activities and lectures may change due to group interests and sightings. However, lectures and activities will always be offered for students who want the full course structure and experience.

YOU COULD WALK AWAY WITH

At the end of this course, you will be awarded an EcoTraining participation certificate.

COURSE DATES

1 September-28 September 2017 (Mashatu)

5 June-2 July 2018 (Mashatu)

2 September-29 September 2018 (Mashatu)

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FGASA Professional Field Guide Course 1 Year

Professional Field Guide

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WHY DO THE COURSE?

This comprehensive and unique one-year course has been designed to supply the safari industry with high-calibre FGASA- and CATHSSETA-qualified professional field guides. This course is, however, not only available to people wishing to enter the industry for a career as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African bush.

It also offers a uniquely well-rounded gap year combining facets from accredited environmental education, to a depth and breadth of life skills, to adventure and inspiration – all rolled out in our camps in Africa’s wilderness.

Whether you imagine yourself to be a game ranger – managing a conservation and wildlife game reserve, or a forest ranger working in a protected park in your country, or a safari guide giving your guests an interpretative game drive,  a course of this depth of experience and learning will give you the footing you need for these inspirational careers.

Practical

For half of the course you will be exposed to diverse ecological and geological terrains, landscapes, all wildlife species and so much more, at our wilderness camps in big game areas such as Makuleke (northern Kruger National Park), Karongwe Game ReserveSelati Game Reserve and Mashatu Game Reserve (Botswana).

For the remainder of the course, you will be placed at lodges so that you can work with experienced guides and managers, to learn with and from them. At the end of the year you will therefore not only be comprehensively qualified, but will also have gained valuable practical experience in the lodge industry.

SUBJECTS

  • Introduction to guiding in the natural environment
  • Basic bush and survival skills
  • Geology
  • Basic ecology
  • Basic taxonomy
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Animal behaviour
  • Tracks and tracking
  • Approaching dangerous game animals
  • Night drives
  • and many more subjects

EcoTraining’s local rates are positioned for local citizens to access our training, and to ensure career development and employment in the safari industry.

Our winning formula

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments, or the frequency of practical activities we offer.

YOU COULD GRADUATE WITH:

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1
  • Rifle Proficiency – Firearm Proficiency Certificate (with a PFTC [Professional Firearm Trainers Council] accredited provider)
  • FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling
  • FGASA Trails Guide Back-up
  • Basic and Advanced Birding
  • Tracking (Level 1, 2 or 3)
  • Wilderness Medicine (Level 1 and 2)
  • Navigation and Orientation
  • Guiding experience logged towards FGASA Level 2 practical assessment

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION OF COURSE

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PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) – Firearm proficiency training will take place on the first two days of course during orientation. This training is facilitated by a PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) accredited training provider and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded with a firearm proficiency certificate.

COURSE DATES

4 September 2017-26 August 2018

2 October 2017-16 September 2018

4 January 2018-16 December 2018

31 January 2018-23 December 2018

2 August 2018-14 July 2019

3 September 2018-18 August 2019

1 October 2018-15 September 2019

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ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS

If you would like to prepare for your time in the bush on an EcoTraining course, Wildlife Campus is an established, reputable and accredited online and offline distance-learning provider, and has been offering wildlife-related, natural science and ecotourism courses since 1999. Visit its website for the online course as a pre-study option.

Trails Guide Course EcoTraining

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WHY DO THE COURSE?

Your environmental knowledge, situational awareness and environmental appreciation will increase exponentially while on course, whether you are a career guide working towards a qualification or attending for self-satisfaction and learning.

The aim of this course is to develop and practice skills and gain knowledge to attain the FGASA Trails Guide Back-up qualification. At the same time develop and enhance skills and knowledge learnt on the FGASA Field Guide course.  Your environmental and situational awareness will increase exponentially.

It is also open to anyone who wants experience of, or opportunities for, walking in a wilderness area and improving personal skills. Skills gained on this course can be used anywhere. The course content is the same for everyone, regardless of existing qualifications.

However, if a FGASA Back-up Trails Guide qualification is what you are after, you will have to attain a full FGASA Field Guide qualification before coming on the course.

SUBJECTS

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  • Introduction to trails guide course
  • Navigation and orientation
  • Tracks and tracking
  • Walking in dangerous game country
  • Situational awareness
  • Approaching dangerous game on foot
  • Dangerous game knowledge and behaviour
  • Animal behaviour
  • Birding and bird identification
  • Rifle handling for dangerous game
  • Weapon handling, safety and ballistics
  • Possible: two-day navigational hike and sleep-out

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Our winning formula

EcoTraining’s local rates are positioned for local citizens to access our training, and to ensure career development and employment in the safari industry.

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice daily. You will be trained on two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match the variety of training environments or frequency of practical activities that we offer.

YOU COULD WALK AWAY WITH

We offer basic rifle handling training as part of the course and, depending how prepared you are, you could attain an Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) qualification.

To attain the ARH qualification, as well as the FGASA Trails Guide Back-up qualification presented on this course, you must have the following:

  • FGASA Field Guide Level 1 (full qualification)
  • Rifle Competency Certificate — Have an accredited PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) (was SASSETA) accredited Rifle Proficiency certificate before you arrive on course (www.pftc.co.za). If you need further information on PFTC, please ask for our full PFTC information document
  • Have paid all your FGASA fees (current membership fees and exam fee)

Be prepared to undergo the FGASA ARH qualification. Please note we offer limited training as part of the course, hence any rifle training you can do beforehand, will go a long way in giving you confidence with the rifle.
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COURSE DATES

6 October-2 November 2017 (Makuleke)

23 June-20 July 2018 (Makuleke)

15 July-11 August 2018 (Mashatu)

ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS

If you would like to prepare for your time in the bush on an EcoTraining course, Wildlife Campus is an established, reputable and accredited online and offline distance learning provider, and has been offering wildlife-related, natural science and ecotourism courses since 1999. Visit its website for the online course as a pre-study option.

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FGASA Field Guide Level 1 NQF 2 EcoTraining

FGASA Field Guide Level 1/NQF 2

“I completed the FGASA Level 1 course at Nakavango camp last week. Had a fantastic time and learned a great deal. Mark Gunn is an absolutely fantastic teacher. Incredible knowledge and very fluent way of teaching. Couldn’t have had a better person there for us. This course has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities and knowledge to continue exploring.”

Daan Hendricks — February 2015
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WHY DO THE COURSE?

Although this course forms the foundation for a career in field guiding (and many other wildlife-orientated careers), many participants sign up for this course for a gap year experience or extended bush holiday.

The course offers a solid base of knowledge and practical skills for careers across the world in the environmental and wildlife sectors.  Forest or park rangers in America would be able to apply the universal principals of ecology, ecosystems, animal behaviour; astronomy, guest interaction; conservation principals and more, as would wildlife and park rangers in Germany or Britain.

For a gap year, you would walk away with a unique wealth of knowledge that will remain with you for life. Every time you enter a natural environment anywhere in the world, you will understand its fascinating web of life, be able to identify species and feel that much more connected to nature.  Add to that the wonderful friendships and bonds made by living with like-minded people from South Africa and all over the world, sharing a close-knit camp and experiencing the adrenaline and peace that comes with the wild.
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SUBJECTS

  • Planning of game drives and walks
  • Navigation and orientation
  • Radio procedures
  • Ecology
  • Reptiles
  • Geology and soil
  • Amphibians
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Weather and climate
  • Anticipating animal behaviour
  • Plant communities
  • Career opportunities
  • Plant identification and uses
  • Identification and ecology of invertebrates

Our winning formula

This course not only offers excellent value for money, but also opportunity. You will be exposed to a variety of natural working conditions because of EcoTraining’s vast network.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION OF COURSE

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FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) – EcoTraining is a FGASA-endorsed training provider that is accredited by CATHSSETA. We will assist you by registering you with FGASA. FGASA will automatically register you with CATHSSETA.

PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) – Firearm proficiency training will take place on the first two days of course during orientation. This training is facilitated by a PFTC (Professional Firearm Trainers Council) accredited training provider and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded with a firearm proficiency certificate.

Course dates

6 October-29 November 2017 (Kapama & Selati)

30 October-23 December 2017 (Karongwe & Selati)

5 January-28 February 2018 (Karongwe & Selati)

10 March- 3 May 2018 (Karongwe & Selati)

12 April-5 June 2018 (Mashatu & Selati)

6 May-29 June 2018 (Karongwe & Selati)

2 July-25 August 2018 (Selati & Karongwe)

12 August-5 October (Stanley & Livingstone)

8 September-1 November 2018 (Selati & Karongwe)

4 October-27 November 2018 (Selati)

YOU COULD WALK AWAY WITH …

Participants will have the opportunity to attempt their EcoTraining and FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by our instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at our camps, during the course.

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ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS

If you would like to prepare for your time in the bush on an EcoTraining course, Wildlife Campus is an established, reputable and accredited online and offline distance learning provider, and has been offering wildlife-related, natural science and ecotourism courses since 1999. Visit its website for the online course as a pre-study option.