Entries by Lej Ramala

A walk in the bush

“There is something right about seeing animals on foot rather than from the great fuming hide of a vehicle. Here we are all animals with needs for water and shelter, at a respectful and proper distance. Here one is excited by tracks of animals one doesn’t see or by working out how the lions killed the eland carcass we come across”.

Birds of a feather flock together?

However, this isn’t true in the case of EcoTraining. Talking to participants enrolled on one particular course, we couldn’t get a melting pot of more diverse people with contrasting origins, careers, backgrounds and appearances.

Matrics go big in the bush this December

Have you ever thought of having a matric rage in the African bush? Based in a beautiful big five game reserve, with a comfy tented camp as your base, embrace the celebrations with a whole lot more meaning, adventure, memories and experiences

A day filled with wildlife encounters

Mashatu is one of those special wilderness places that never disappoints. Today has been an eventful day at Mashatu with countless, exciting game encounters. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the week will hold for our students. Henry tells us all about the events of the day…

Guilty pleasures in the bush

When living and working in the bush, one does not always have luxuries at hand, but that does not mean that you can’t improvise and embrace what the bush has to offer! I asked some of our instructors to share their ‘guilty pleasures’ with us. Some were to the point, some profoundly philosophical, and others described pleasures that instantly made us want to join in on the fun!

Why the buffalo?

Anton Lategan, co-owner and managing director of EcoTraining, is more than passionate about his company, EcoTraining. Having owned it since 1993, he is the DNA of EcoTraining and all that it stands for. Anton feels that there are certain attributes of EcoTraining that should never change, no matter the influences of technology, outside opinions or current trends.

Have you ever seen a ‘jumping bean’?

While walking through the African bush you may often come across some surprising elements. Some of them are not always self-explanatory and get one contemplating and curious, especially when you see seeds jumping all over the ground!

Henry Parsons: the bush, EcoTraining and I

We handpick our instructors to make sure we offer our students the best possible experience on course. Henry Parsons is one of those inspiring and motivational instructors that you do not find around every corner. In this blog Henry tells us all about his love for the bush and why he loves working for EcoTraining.

Raymond Khoza: an inspirational story about passion for a guiding career

If you ever were to meet a person oozing with a love for life, an engaging manner and an ease with meeting people, it would be Raymond Khosa, seasoned field and trails guide in the Kruger Park. In the few minutes of talking to him, you will realise his razor sharp memory for facts, people’s journeys and his career that started with an EcoTraining course 14 years ago.

Wildlife encounters around every corner

Mashatu had an incredible week of wildlife activity. Being based in a big game area, our unfenced camp regularly receives non-human visitors and we enjoy regular encounters on our daily walks and game drives. These encounters make the wilderness element of our courses uniquely special

To walk and just be in the wilderness

It’s a “complex shifting of ‘stuff’ under the surface of one’s consciousness”. The EcoTraining Wilderness Trails Skills course takes you on a journey through one of the most untouched wilderness areas in Africa. By leaving the busy-ness of your daily life behind, you get a chance to rediscover yourself in the most natural way possible.

A poem: The journey of a safari guide student

Gary Ray left the corporate world in Joburg to embark on a dramatic change to his life – to train as a professional safari guide then to live and work in Africa’s bushveld. He was so impacted on by nature while training with EcoTraining, that he wrote this poem during his one year course.