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Charley Boorman’s sidekick and manager, Billy Ward, joins EcoTraining’s Field Guide course

We partnered with Charley Boorman to send his friend and business partner, Billy Ward, on our Field Guide course to become a professional Safari Guide. We followed Billy’s training throughout his 55-days on course and have been amazed by the competency of him and his group of fellow students.

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EcoTraining’s future even brighter and stronger with two new directors

EcoTraining, Africa’s leading provider of field guide and nature training courses, is getting bigger and bolder with the addition of two new directors.

Walking in the bush: Anything can happen!

Knowledge is key, but situational awareness during a walk in a big game area is even more important. During this walk, the group had three amazing encounters but without the necessary skills the game walk could have gone horribly wrong…

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Course spotlight – Wilderness Trails Skills

We had the privilege to host Bev Tucker, a journalist from Lowveld Living on a Wilderness Trails Skills course and it made an unforgettable impact on her life.

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Witnessing a kill – and then a robbery

It’s not every day that one gets to witness a lion kill – but seeing what happened next was something truly special.

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Thoughts from the African wilderness

Have you ever had the sheer pleasure of just lying down under a big, old, shady tree with some grass as your mattress and your trails backpack as your pillow, closing your eyes and dozing off to the sounds of the African bush?

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‘Tree’mendous fun facts: Earth Day 2016 – the importance of trees

The entire theme of Earth Day 2016 revolves around the importance of trees. Most of the time we take trees for granted, and never quite realise the importance of trees in our lives.

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Wildlife photography: some of EcoTraining’s best pictures

EcoTraining students and staff get the opportunity to capture the wildlife photographs that most people only dream of.

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EcoTraining in Kenya: recent photos

EcoTraining offers courses in Kenya. See some of our recent photos from here.

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Makuleke finally gets some rain

Makuleke got its first taste of some decent rain last week, and almost instantly the bush transformed into a completely different place.

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Makuleke as I see it …

In this blog Vaughn will take you on a journey to the bush and make you want to leave everything behind, to get that same down-to-earth experience he describes.

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Show-stoppers

EcoTraining is about the small things; we all know this, and we truly believe it. The mechanisms evolved over millennia by the coexistence of organisms know no bounds: the relationship between figs and their wasp pollinators, the unique adaptations of an antlion larva to locate its prey and the fascinating behaviour exhibited by the polyandrous African jacana, are just some of the majesties awaiting a student on one of our courses.

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The day of the jackal

We at EcoTraining spend countless hours poring over books written by a variety of experts, to try and explain animal behaviour to prospective field guides. We have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips on some of the most iconic animals in the world.

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False sense of security

Elephants have long since been my favourite animal to view in the bush, but the past three months have been a great test of my admiration for them. Living in the bush is an honour but wherever people and animals coexist, there will always be conflict.

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Chinese whispers

EcoTraining is pioneering a new venture with partners in China, to educate curious travellers in the delights of the natural world.

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Making a difference

Tourists spend millions of rand every year to come and visit South Africa, with a visit to the bush or a safari usually being high on their list.

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Wilderness Trail Skills course – Makuleke Concession

The group arrived at camp with loads of kit and after a brief on the trail ahead, loads of kit were left behind. Packing, unpacking and sorting commenced before we were ready to head off on the start of the trail. After the obligatory “before” photos, we headed south-east towards Lala Palm Windmill and the fever tree forest beyond. It was humid going, but fantastic being in the forest.

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Fascinating facts and beliefs about the devil’s thorn

The devil’s thorn is a common, ground creeping plant with purple trumpet-shaped flowers that is often found in the Lowveld, in disturbed areas and on roadsides. For a guide, this pretty little plants offers a great opportunity to get your guests involved first-hand in some of the more surprising and useful aspects of the African Bush.

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10 interesting facts about the leopard tortoise

The leopard tortoise is a member of the Small 5 – and there’s a lot more to know about it besides.

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A phenomenal lion kill – defying the textbooks

Seeing a predator make a kill is often high on the wish list of safari-goers. Managing these lofty expectations is a major part of a guide’s job, and especially important during the guest briefings prior to an activity.