Samuel Japane, former student of EcoTraining was too determined to be defeated by life’s obstacles and today is the well-known bird man of the Outpost Centre. We interviewed Samuel on his new book ‘The Unlikely Birdman’ and this is what he has to say.
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There are so many different reasons for people to take a year off. Some people might have just finished high school, others have come to a crossroad in their career paths or perhaps want to learn something new. With unlimited options to choose from – the choice is yours.
As the end of the first month of the 55-day Field Guide Course (NQF2) draws nearer, the anxiousness and excitement grows for our field guide students as they prepare for their assessment on their competence and knowledge of the various aspects and fauna and flora.
EcoTraining students receive the best credible work experience at reputable lodges across southern Africa.
A father and son team working together to celebrate the ordinary people doing an extraordinary job to protect our rhino’s – they refer to these people as The Wildlife Defenders
“You can´t start the next chapter in your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” The journey of Anna Katharina Raaben realising her dream of becoming a Professional Field Guide.
With every one-year Course group, our Instructors choose a few candidates to become Back-up Guides as part of their lodge placement program. This is a great opportunity for students who want to gain walking hours towards their Lead Trails Guide qualification.
We are proud to introduce Lazarus as EcoTraining’s newest instructor. Lazarus will be based at our camp in Botswana and have already made a big difference with his bubbly personality and extensive knowledge about wildlife and the environment.
It took two years of volunteering in Africa for Fiammetta to realise her passion and enrol on a one-year Professional Field Guide course in Africa. She left her home in Italy and embarked on her new adventure to realise her dream to become a guide and work with animals.
Etienne Oosthuizen, from Africa Photographic Services, recently hosted our first Wildlife Photography course of the year. “Photography has become such an integral part of the safari experience and this course is designed to give guides the skills to become better photographers”.
The Navigation and Orientation course forms an integral part of the Professional Field Guide course. Cara put her new found Trails guiding skills to the test and joined the course for a few activities to see what it was all about.
“It’s a feeling that I think everyone needs to experience on foot in this remote corner of the Kruger” says Mike Kirby who became a back-up Trails guide as part of his Lodge Placement program with us.
Cara Pring gave the Trails Guide experience a second chance. This time at our Mashatu camp in Botswana. With amazing memories of breaks atop great koppies overlooking springs and marshes with vereaux eagles soaring above and ellies crossing rivers in the distance, it left a great impression on Cara.
As part of his lodge placement, Sean Harris has been working at Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park. It has been an unforgettable experience so far and Sean has come to realise the true meaning of this statement: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life…”
Isabella Barreca recently completed her Trails Guide course at Mashatu as part of her one year Professional Field Guide qualification. She describes her morning from the first waking call to experiencing the wonders of Mother Nature on foot.
From the moment you step foot into Mashatu game reserve, you will be in awe. With its beautiful landscapes, world famous rock formations, baobabs and a vast variety of game, you will not be disappointed.
The Makuleke camp is located in the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park and offers a variety of wildlife, vegetation and landscapes, not to mention the welcoming staff and good standard of accommodation in this camp.
I will admit that there is definitely something special about Makuleke. The combination of baobabs, nyala trees and fever trees makes for a magical forest.
It was an exciting week at our camp as a pack of eight wild dogs were released on the Mashatu Game Reserve. With a little luck on our side the students got to be the very first people to see them after being released.
Since her first course with EcoTraining in 2015, Phoebe Mottram was hooked and came back for three other courses afterwards. “To put it simply EcoTraining has changed my life and I can’t thank them enough for that”!
Love takes its shape and form in a countless number of ways, be it between humans or animals. In the past 23 years, our trainers and students learning amidst wildlife, have been lucky enough to witness and capture all sorts of love lessons from the bush. What better way to learn than from nature itself.
Abbie got to see her very first elephant in the African bush, all the while driving a game drive vehicle for the first time. What would seem like a daunting experience turned out to be an unforgettable moment that will be remembered for a lifetime.
What at first seemed as a week of average game encounters, soon turned into a very exciting week, filled with some amazing wildlife sightings.
At EcoTraining, our trainers and learners acknowledge and respect that Mother Nature is more powerful than man. It is a humbling concept that they experience on a daily basis in our wilderness areas. Be it a towering elephant crossing one’s path or a torrential downpour that floods our camp nestled on the river banks.
One of the things I love about EcoTraining is the people that work for the company. They have one common goal …
The bush can leave you all sorts of surprises around every corner. Cara had some first hand experience with plenty of unexpected surprises and this one most definitely topped them all.
Upon arriving back at Karongwe on New Year’s Day, there were some very fresh buffalo tracks around our tent. We figured perhaps our friendly neighbourhood buffalo had come to check where we had gone while we were visiting the Selati camp. What a nice chap!
We turn a corner to hear an impala urgently alarm calling and what do you know… a big male lion lying right in the open! At the same time I spot elephants on the opposite side of the road and out comes a big bull elephant very clearly in musth…
It has been a few weeks since Cara and Van first arrived at camp. They have been introduced to the daily running of camp, regular visits from resident animals in and around Karongwe and joined on some exciting course activities. It has been an unforgettable first week and Cara shares her experience.
I was equal parts excited about and dreading Christmas in the South African bush. I have never had a Christmas away from my family before and it’s pretty much the only holiday in the year I really care about.
Why Choose EcoTraining?
- It is the original guide training school in South Africa, with the largest, most bio-diverse footprint in Africa.
- Located in 6 pristine wildlife reserves in 4 African countries.
- Formally accredited courses – the most recognised of any training school in Africa.
- The only training school to be situated inside the Kruger National Park.