Tracking is a Form of Art.

It’s a cool morning and I grab my coffee flask, flees jacket and camera. As the sun peaks over the dam wall, we lace up our boots and off we go into the veld in search of fresh signs of what happened the previous night…

How to Cope with Exam Stress

We all feel stress at times. It is our bodies natural response when we experience something new, something unexpected, when we feel threatened or when we feel that we have no control over a situation. For some of us, stress can be a motivational tool and for others, it can make you feel anxious and even make you doubt yourself.

Burpees for Conservation

#BurpeesForConservation is all the rage at the moment. EcoTraining students have jumped on the trend and are raising their heart-rates in an effort to raise awareness and funds for conservation.

Life After Field Guide Training

With your training complete where will you go next? If you are not going to be working in the bush, is the training even worth it? We think it is, and here is why.

Birding-in-the-Bush

Ask any birder to name the three best bird-watching destinations in South Africa and Pafuri will come up close to, if not at the top spot. The diversities of habitats range from two large rivers (Limpopo and Levuvhu) with the adjacent riparian forests, floodplains, ephemeral pans, mountains and woodland, each with a unique suite of plant life houses incredible numbers and species of birds.

Learn About Butterflies Day

It would be impossible to learn everything about butterflies in one day but let’s start by exploring some of the practical reasons for being so pretty. Victoria dive into the ornate nature of butterfly colouration and we discover that a butterfly is so much more than beauty and grace.

A Students View on the Apprentice Field Guide Course

“I made the decision to travel to South Africa. Upon arrival, I knew that I was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! No surprise that is exactly how it is playing out…” Student, Graham Ramon, gives us a glimpse into the first few weeks of his time on the Apprentice Field Guide course.

The Cycads of Selati ~ A rare treasure

Selati is a pristine reserve, home to a plethora of natural wonders. Of these natural wonders, the Lillie Cycad Reserve is a rare and delicate gem. Victoria shares more on the topic in this week’s blog on the Encephalartos Dyerianos.

Wildlife Conservation

Five Countries that Practice Wildlife Conservation

In our latest blog guest blogger, Kristin Herman shows us how can we become part of the Global Wildlife Conservation cause. She will also explore five of the countries working to conserve wildlife, one that is not even in Africa.

10 must-read wildlife books

10 Must-Read Wildlife Books

Guest writer Katherine Rundell runs us through some of the top 10 Wildlife Must-Reads.

Unique Relationships in the Bush

This Valentines Day some things are going to happen to wow and impress that wonderful, better half of yours, gifts of flowers or chocolates, dinner for two, private getaway and maybe many others. All these ideas are there to impress and show commitment. But…

5 animals who mate for life

Five Animals that Mate for Life | Valentines 2021

It is not often that one sees monogamy amongst animals, but since we are celebrating the month of love, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on some of the animals who actually do mate for life.

Tracking and Trailing on an EcoTracker Course

EcoTraining Professional Field Guide Student Jack Vicary shares his EcoTracker – Tracking & Trailing experience with us.

tropical cyclone eloise

Tropical Cyclone Eloise and its effects on the Lowveld

Tropical Cyclone Eloise was one of, if not the strongest cyclone ever to impact the country of Mozambique, the impacts of Eloise were also seen here in the Lowveld. Instructor Sean Matthewson explains some of the effects the storm had on the Lowveld.

Exercise with Elephants

Keeping Fit in the Bush

With every new year, come new year’s resolutions. It almost seems mandatory to start the new year with a challenge, whether it is giving up chocolate or carbs, cutting out a bad habit or starting the new year by keeping fit.

Safari Guide Mike Anderson

Why Become a Game Ranger or Safari Guide

Do you want to know why you should become a Game Ranger or Safari Guide? EcoTraining instructor Michael Anderson explains in more detail.

A time during Covid

Being a Field Guide Student in the Covid Pandemic

“Christmas 2019, which is now over two years ago, I was sitting with my family in Germany around the Christmas tree. Now in The Year of Covid, I have a completely different Christmas story to tell.” A year in the bush during a Pandemic by Anna Elisabeth Franz.

Life Lessons Learnt in 2020

EcoTraining Camp Manager, Emma Summers reflects on the year that has passed and shares her positive view on the lessons learnt throughout the year.

10 Ways To Save Wildlife & Why We Should Do It!

In order for ecosystems to be balanced and thrive, it’s essential that all living animals are properly protected. Wildlife is a term which relates to wild animals and undomesticated animals, such as insects and birds.

James Copland

Change is as good as a holiday especially in the bush

“There are two aspects on a personal level when it comes to change. It is either embraced or it is the one thing many of us fears the most.” Change really is as good as a holiday, but even more so when this ‘holiday’ is in the bush!

White Rhino

Let’s talk Rhino Poaching Prevention

Did you know that “the number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 281 with a total of 176 individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching?” EcoTraining Camp Manager Emma Summers talk to us about Rhino Poaching Prevention.

Racket-tailed Roller

The Elusive Racket-tailed Roller of Makuleke

The Racket-tailed Roller has a rather limited distribution in South Africa, primarily being found in the far northeastern tip of Kruger National Park which is dominated by Mopane (Colophospermum mopane) which occurs in dense stands with limited ground cover as its understory. Let instructor Ross Hawkins explain more about this elusive bird.

Fruiting Trees of the Lowveld

Learn about the fruits and flowers of the Lowveld

The Lowveld’s rainy season is about to start and with the rain coming, it means that the flower and fruiting season is upon us. EcoTraining’s David Havemann speaks to us about some of the Lowveld trees and the various flavours associated with them.

Wilderness Photography Trip Report

Based in South Africa, Albie Venter has been involved in professional wildlife guiding, wildlife management and eco-tourism since 1996 and we are very privileged here at EcoTraining that Albie managed to visit our camps on a regular basis. Here is a wonderful trip report of his most recent visit on a Wilderness Photography Course in the magnificent Makuleke.

Bushveld Flowers

How to interpret the smells of the bushveld

This time of year is by far our favourite. As the bushveld comes alive as do our senses with all the incredible sights, smells and sounds that surround us. EcoTraining’s David Havemann speak to us about what these smells mean and how to interpret them.

Foam-nest Tree Frogs Hatching

Have you ever wondered how the little tadpoles get out of a Southern Foam Nest Frogs nest?
Well, no need to wonder any longer. Instructor Tayla McCurdy managed to spot one of the rarest sightings of her career. Let Tayla walk you through her amazing sighting.

Migratory Birds | They are back

South Africa is well known for its birdlife, with close to +/- 850 species recorded in the country, of which around 100 (give or take) are migratory, in other words, they don’t call South Africa their permanent home but rather spend some parts of the year beyond our borders.

South Africa Is Travel Ready

The lift in restrictions could not have come at a better time. South Africa is known for its lovely weather and what better time to step foot on South African soil than during the spring months leading to summer. You can look forward to lovely weather as you enjoy the stunning beaches, wildlife and landscape the country has to offer.

EcoTraining Quiz: Migratory Birds

Test your knowledge with this week’s EcoTraining Quiz!


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Through the viewfinder

Through the Viewfinder

“In photography, a viewfinder is what the photographer looks through to compose, and, in many cases, to focus the picture.” Media intern, Christoff Els speak to EcoTraining Videographer, Willie van Eeden and student David den Hartog about the importance of a viewfinder on their camera’s.