“I was born and raised in the Netherlands, amongst the shadows of concrete building and perfectly manicured parks. In a country where at that time had hardly any wildlife left. It was in 1996 when I visited Africa for the first time for our honeymoon and I was eager to see elephants in the wild.”
Professional Field Guide demonstrates safety first in a scary situation!
“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. “
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”.
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.”
Some days in life we steer the propeller, and other days we ride the waves. There’s a delicate balance between making and allowing.
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.
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.”
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.
To be selected to become a back-up trails guide you need to have excelled extremely well in the trails guide module and FGASA Field Guide level 1 component in the first half of the Professional Field Guide course.
In August 2017, EcoTraining welcomed a group of eleven young individuals from the Good Work Foundation (GWF) bizhub Conservation Academy in Mpumalanga. Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) in partnership with GWF sponsored these previously disadvantaged candidates to pursue their dream of becoming accredited Field Guides.
“The reality is that these instinctive influences would have been a part of daily, world-wide, human survival in pre-historic times and in fact remain vital to some indigenous populations today.”
After spending three years at University, Matt still yearned for something more. After doing some research he came across EcoTraining and the rest was history.
Through signing up for the Professional Field Guide course, it has been a year filled with new life experiences, lifelong friendships and unforgettable experiences for Leon. “Every time I’ve been to Africa I changed a little bit. This time with EcoTraining I changed even more.”
A passion for wild animals led Yuka to many different countries to participate in various conservation projects until she signed up for a Professional Field Guide course with EcoTraining. The rest is history…
From the moment Varun was introduced to African documentaries, he dreamed of travelling to Africa one day. Little did he know that his dream were about to come true.