About EcoTraining

Operating for 24 years, EcoTraining is the pioneer and leader in safari guide and wildlife training in Africa. EcoTraining is widely recognised by the safari industry for its credibility and standard of excellence in nature guide training. We offer accredited career courses, gap year and sabbatical programmes, nature programmes, high school and university study abroad programmes, custom courses and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges. All courses are run directly from EcoTraining’s unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. To date EcoTraining has trained over 11 000 people from 33 different countries around the world.

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Our vision is to reconnect people with nature. To bring about environmental consciousness as a means to preserve the natural world.

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Our mission is to train naturalists, guardians and professional field guides as ambassadors for nature. We aim to provide a rich, knowledgeable and practical learning experience for students to reach their full potential. By sharing nature’s processes, its ecosystems and the importance of wilderness, we seek to equip people with the skills necessary to effect positive change in the world. We believe nature conservation is about people.

Why Choose EcoTraining

  • Founded in 1993, EcoTraining is the original field guide training organisation in South Africa with the largest, most bio-diverse footprint in Africa.
  • EcoTraining’s accredited courses are the most widely recognised in Africa.
  • EcoTraining has over 12 courses to choose from ranging from 5-day nature programmes to 1-year professional accredited courses.
  • Our field guide instructors are highly qualified experts.
  • Our 7 bush camps are located across 4 African countries collectively comprising of 100 000 hectares / 250 000 acres of wilderness land.
  • EcoTraining is the only private safari guide and wildlife training facility situated inside the Kruger National Park.
  • All courses are conducted in remote wilderness areas from our unfenced bush camps.
  • Due to EcoTraining’s longstanding relationships with many of Africa’s top game reserves, our students have access to the ‘Lodge Placement Programme’ as part of the Professional Field Guide Course syllabus.
  • Many world-renowned game reserves recognise the high standard of EcoTraining graduates.
  • Having trained over 11 000 course participants and professional field guides, many have gone on to become industry leaders.