Biological diversity or biodiversity is the variety of life around us, life of all kinds, from the largest animal to the smallest plant. Its complexity is measured in terms of variations at genetic, species and ecosystem levels.
Our EcoTraining unfenced bush camps are located in remote areas of beautiful concessions and game reserves. As such, our instructors and students are fortunate enough to experience frequent encounters with elephants, whether it be in camp or out in the wild.
FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) and EcoTraining will help you plan your guiding career by sharing an overview of the various types of guiding and options available to you.
Now here is an itchy subject. Malaria affects millions of people around the world. The disease has been wiped out in some places but is still rampant in tropical areas of the world. ‘Mal aria’ was a description of the “bad air” that was found in swampy areas and thought to be the cause of the disease.
“Travel has the ability to show us what we’re really made of, to expand our minds, hearts and spirits, and to transform us, among so much more. “
International Ranger’s Day is a day dedicated to the unsung heroes who protect our fragile wildlife, natural treasures and cultural heritage. We salute you!
Scott Fraser aka Buffel is a young man with a lot of potential. We caught up with him at Makuleke during his last few days as a back-up Trails guide and discovered that despite Buffel’s size and strength, he is the epitome of a gentle giant. “One could argue that he’s more of an elephant than a buffalo”.
How the re-introduction of predators helped build a balanced, natural ecosystem.
Sometimes in life you don’t exactly know where you want to go or what you want to do, but you know the general direction. Other times, you know where you want to end up, but do not know how you want to bumble around until then.
“I have seen the seasons change and lived through that in a much more immersive way and for the first time, I’ve truly understood it.”
Travelling with a purpose can do so much more than just broaden your experience, it can liberate your understanding of the world.
People sometimes ask, that surely, if they cause this much damage, elephants must be bad for the environment and threaten the very survival of other animals around them?
Some days in life we steer the propeller, and other days we ride the waves. There’s a delicate balance between making and allowing.
As the South African tourism industry continues to thrive and the re-establishment of game reserves and natural wildlife areas continues, the opportunities for ecotourism-related careers are on the increase. One such career is field guiding or more internationally known as safari guiding.
The most comprehensive course is EcoTraining’s yearlong Professional Field Guide Course that not only prepares students for all of their official field guide accreditation tests, but also offers advanced bushcraft skills, wilderness medicine, and high-level tracking. Students also receive further instruction on navigation and orientation, handling of firearms, and much more.
Matt finished his studies in Wildlife Rehabilitation, but never had the opportunity to do what he loves, until now. It took him six years, working in construction, to realise what he has been missing. Here he is now, living his dream in wild Africa as a Professional Field Guide.
We share some lessons from great father figures in the bird kingdom.
This story is a special tribute to grandfathers on Father’s Day. This is a heart-warming story of a grandfather, his grandson and an adventure in the African wilderness!
People come to EcoTraining for a variety of reasons. Some want to become safari guides. Some want a gap year of adventure. Some just want to learn. Then you get some who want to be better photographers.
A self-proclaimed ‘high maintenance’ girl from Johannesburg, currently on an FGASA Field Guide course at Selati, enrolled on this course to learn as much about wildlife as she can. She has one mission in life: “pursue your passion, and go do great things in life.”
Read about the incredible biodiversity of the Selati Game Reserve and be astonished by how fragile yet strong natures ecosystems can be.
The safari and guiding industry has always been traditionally male-dominated. This was due to the fact that much of the work of a field guide required physical strength, bravery and resilience. With the rise of the 21st century and the liberation of women’s rights, much of these occupations in fact did not require physical strength as it did expertise and skill. So, many courageous women started entering into male-dominant professions such as the guiding, creating a new movement of guiding professionals as we know today. EcoTraining is proud to be a part of this development in the guiding industry.
To run a Wilderness Photography course, you have to find a location that offers a diverse selection of shooting opportunities. The Makuleke concession in the Norther Kruger Park is one of those special locations and it just proved perfect for the first photography course for 2018.
Every year we get the opportunity to celebrate that special figure in our lives. The figure who gave us life, who will protect us no matter what, and who loves us unconditionally. This year, we took a closer look at a different Mother…Mother Earth and you will be surprised at the similarities between our wonderful mothers and the planet we live on.
The mysteries and complexities of bird migration have fascinated many human civilizations and cultures for centuries, if not millennia. World Migratory Bird Day is a global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.
A famous story writer once said, “He who travels through the bush and sees two Sables mating under a Marula tree is truly blessed person”.
In the remote north eastern corner of the Kruger National Park there is magical place with an interesting story to be told. It’s a small piece of land where the winding Limpopo and the meandering Luvhuvhu Rivers meet. These two rivers form the natural boarders of three countries – South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
We celebrated World Earth Day in April and we thought it would be a good idea to reiterate the importance of protecting our one and only, Planet Earth. We must take time and reflect on what World Earth Day really means to us.
An initiative aimed at educators from rural communities who become trainers; integrating environmental education as part of their syllabus offered to local community primary schools.
Freedom Day in South Africa is a significant National public holiday which marks the human right to freedom and commemorates the country’s first ever democratic elections held in 1994.