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Fruiting Trees of the Lowveld

Learn about the fruits and flowers of the Lowveld

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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 PhotographyAlbie Venter

Wilderness Photography Trip Report

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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

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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 FrogTyrone Ping

Foam-nest Tree Frogs Hatching

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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.

South Africa Is Travel Ready

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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.
Through the viewfinder

Through the Viewfinder

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"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.
Apprentice Field GuideVictoria Craddock

Victoria Craddock | The Apprentice Field Guide

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Apprentice Field Guide Victoria Craddock has recently just received her FGASA Qualification and we couldn't be more proud. Victoria tells her story and shares her experience with us.
Limpopo River FactEcoTraining

Celebrating the Limpopo River | World River Day 2020

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According to the World Rivers Day Association this day “is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.’’
Giraffe carcassEcoTraining

Giraffe Carcass | The Bottom of the Food Chain

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EcoTraining instructor Tayla McCurdy came across this giraffe carcass near to EcoTraining Pridelands Conservancy this past week, and she has put down in her words what this experience was like and all the other creatures that are reaping the benefits.
EcoTraining Makuleke Concession

Into the Wild | by Ntsakisi Matelakengisa

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As a young girl, I would never have thought that I could ever have loved being out in the wild, seeing the beautiful animals and driving around the scenic nature routes as much as I did. But, luckily for me, I got to grow up with a family that enjoyed going to areas such as the Kruger National Park and this gave my love a chance to grow even more.
Local is LekkerEcoTraining

Remember, Local is Lekker

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Why not spend your time in the wilds of Africa whilst enjoying twice-daily activities at one of EcoTraining unfenced camps within the Limpopo Province. Or have a look what the other 8 amazing provinces in South Africa could have in store for you. Because you know, 'Local is Lekker'
Guiding SkillsEcoTraining

The True Skill of Guiding as told by a Professional Safari Guide

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These days, guiding and becoming a Professional Safari Guide no longer means, simply getting the tan, driving the big 4 x 4, and heading home during your two weeks off, to tell everyone that you are a “Game Ranger”.
Field Guide Devon Myers

Safari Guide or Game Ranger

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Professional Trails Guide Devon Myers breaks down the differences between a Safari Guide and a Game Ranger.
White-crowned LapwingIan Thomas

Why do birds eggs have different colours or patterns?

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EcoTraining Instructor Ross Hawkins spends most of his time instructing on Trails Guide or Wilderness Trails Courses, so being on foot most of his day he does tend to see things on the ground level a bit more than those who are in the game drive vehicle. Small things such as birds nests and eggs sometimes get lost do to their camouflage, and there is a reason behind that.
(c) Javi Lorbada

The Spotted Guard of Pridelands Camp

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EcoTraining's media intern Christoff Els and one of the EcoTraining instructors managed to get a little insight into what some of the hyenas around Pridelands get up to when the rest of the camp are sound asleep.