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A day filled with wildlife encounters

Mashatu is one of those special wilderness places that never disappoints. Today has been an eventful day at Mashatu with countless, exciting game encounters. We can't wait to see what the rest of the week will hold for our students. Henry tells us all about the events of the day...
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Georg Messerer – the road to become a true conservationist

Georg Messerer from Germany, a past one year Professional Field Guide student of EcoTraining, has been involved in an exciting rewilding project in Europe. Proud of the impact EcoTraining has had on his life direction, we share Georg’s inspirational conservation story with you.
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A dream realisation in progress – Louise Monsey

“Your dreams are your life’s purposes, so don’t give up” –Anonymous. Louise Monsey, a recent EcoTraining graduate, is a shining example of a determined person who did not let anyone discourage her and now she is living her dream.

Guilty pleasures in the bush

When living and working in the bush, one does not always have luxuries at hand, but that does not mean that you can’t improvise and embrace what the bush has to offer! I asked some of our instructors to share their ‘guilty pleasures’ with us. Some were to the point, some profoundly philosophical, and others described pleasures that instantly made us want to join in on the fun!

Why the buffalo?

Anton Lategan, co-owner and managing director of EcoTraining, is more than passionate about his company, EcoTraining. Having owned it since 1993, he is the DNA of EcoTraining and all that it stands for. Anton feels that there are certain attributes of EcoTraining that should never change, no matter the influences of technology, outside opinions or current trends.
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Have you ever seen a ‘jumping bean’?

While walking through the African bush you may often come across some surprising elements. Some of them are not always self-explanatory and get one contemplating and curious, especially when you see seeds jumping all over the ground!
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Henry Parsons: the bush, EcoTraining and I

We handpick our instructors to make sure we offer our students the best possible experience on course. Henry Parsons is one of those inspiring and motivational instructors that you do not find around every corner. In this blog Henry tells us all about his love for the bush and why he loves working for EcoTraining.
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Raymond Khoza: an inspirational story about passion for a guiding career

If you ever were to meet a person oozing with a love for life, an engaging manner and an ease with meeting people, it would be Raymond Khosa, seasoned field and trails guide in the Kruger Park. In the few minutes of talking to him, you will realise his razor sharp memory for facts, people’s journeys and his career that started with an EcoTraining course 14 years ago.
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A day in the life of Mashatu camp staff

There is a lot going on behind the scenes at our camps that most people are not aware of. From early morning to late night our staff are dedicated to the well-being of our students. This is how it is done at our Mashatu camp.
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Wildlife encounters around every corner

Mashatu had an incredible week of wildlife activity. Being based in a big game area, our unfenced camp regularly receives non-human visitors and we enjoy regular encounters on our daily walks and game drives. These encounters make the wilderness element of our courses uniquely special
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To walk and just be in the wilderness

It’s a “complex shifting of ‘stuff’ under the surface of one’s consciousness”. The EcoTraining Wilderness Trails Skills course takes you on a journey through one of the most untouched wilderness areas in Africa. By leaving the busy-ness of your daily life behind, you get a chance to rediscover yourself in the most natural way possible.
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A poem: The journey of a safari guide student

Gary Ray left the corporate world in Joburg to embark on a dramatic change to his life - to train as a professional safari guide then to live and work in Africa's bushveld. He was so impacted on by nature while training with EcoTraining, that he wrote this poem during his one year course.
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What is a guide and what is a ranger?

People often tend to confuse the roles of a Field Guide and Game or Park Ranger. Even though the basis of their knowledge is the same their functions in the industry are very different.
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Why we enrolled on a One Year Safari Guide course!

Are you thinking of taking a year out of your life and do an EcoTraining Professional Field Guide course? The new intakes of this course made this big decision not so long ago and they share their reasons behind their decisions with us.
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Back where I began – Jomi Krobb

We are humbled to meet up with our past students, especially when they are back with EcoTraining to take their qualifications to the next level.