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The Nyala’s of Selati – Interesting facts about the Nyala by Emma Summers

Of all the antelope that hang around EcoTraining Selati Camp, the Nyala are the friendliest. Whilst the Kudu and the Impala will stare at you for a split second, alarm call and run away, the Nyala will just stand there, staring at you with those expressive, big black eyes and massive eyelashes. Sometimes; if you’re lucky they will calmly walk close to you.

EcoTraining Celebrates International Day of Education

As the oldest guide training school in South Africa, with the largest and most bio-diverse footprint in Africa, EcoTraining believes education is the key to sustainable development and to safeguarding the planet.

Top 8 Wildlife And Nature Podcasts To Listen To

The great news for wildlife fans is that there are plenty of podcasts available for them to choose from. However, with so many options, it can be difficult to distinguish the well-researched and entertaining nature podcasts from the rest. To narrow down your search, here are eight of the best podcasts you should follow if you’re interested in learning more about wildlife and nature.

Summertime and the living is…not always easy

When I think about summer the text line “Summertime and the living is easy” from Ella Fitzgeralds immediately pops up in my head. We all know the feeling a beautiful summer can give us. Long sunny days, a relaxing vacation, good vibes, food, and music. You might get it already, a summer in the African bush looks a little bit different. Nevertheless, it is very special but also challenging in many ways.

Sleepout by Victoria Craddock

Have you ever wondered what activities become the stories you share for years to come? We cannot speak to all of them but we can share some insights into an epic EcoTraining right of passage, the sleepout event.

Waking up to a Giraffe

The sun has just started to rise, peeping its head above the horizon, and with it, the dawn chorus starts to sing. This sound gently stirs me from my sleep.

71 Year Old Apprentice Field Guide Shares Her Journey in the Bush with EcoTraining

At the age of 71, Clare Wilson enrolled in an EcoTraining Career Course, packed her bags, and headed north for the bush.

Recommended Reads: Safari Guide Students Share Their Favorite Books

I asked my fellow online EcoTraining students around the world what they were reading these days. What books inspired them, challenged them, or made them long for the bush? If I thought my list of must-read titles was already long, it got longer when I saw their recommendations.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Safari Guides - Ecotraining

Christmas Gift Ideas for Safari Guides (and Safari Lovers) – Part 2

If you're looking for inspiration for Christmas Gifts, we have gathered more gift ideas we think will add a bit of the African bush to any holiday.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Safari Guides - Walking Safaris

Christmas Gift Ideas for Safari Guides (and Safari Lovers) – Part 1

The holidays are almost here, and you still don't know what to get the safari lover in your life? Not to worry. We have gathered gift ideas we think will add a bit of the bush to any holiday celebration.
A Year in the Bush and a Lesson for Life - Walking Safaris - Camera

A Year in the Bush and a Lesson for Life

I remember that day like it was yesterday. A hot and humid early summer day in November 2020, the day my Field Guide Level 1 course started. Little did I know that from this day on, I would embark on a journey that would teach me so many things and make me leave my comfort zone. A journey that yet continues to last.
Sharing Air with Ezulwini - Safari - Elephant

Sharing Air with Ezulwini

How close is too close? In this blog, Victoria shares an up-close and personal experience with the gentle giant of Pridelands.
Another Day in Paradise - Paradise Cover

Another Day in Paradise

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One moment you’re talking about the leaf structure of a sickle bush, the next you’re staring a male leopard dead in the eye from about 50 yards. The first few weeks at Ecotraining’s Karongwe camp has been nothing short of spectacular, surpassing all expectation with a bit more on top.
Answering the Call - Safari Drive

Answering the Call

With a love and passion for the bushveld, Lawrence Steyn heard the call and answered. After reaching a pivotal point in his life he came to the bushveld to study Field Guiding. In the African bush, he found his true calling, friendship, adventure, and love.
Sanctuary for the Sitatunga - Antelope

Sanctuary for the Sitatunga

As the chilly, early morning mist cleared, we sat in silence, patiently waiting and watching. The drone of insects heralded dawn’s awakening as we kept an eye on the paths and tunnels made through the reeds and rushes by the Sitatunga. A rustle in the reeds and a faint calling sneeze alerted us that they were on the move. Excited that our patience had eventually paid off, all binoculars were trained on the very shy antelope that are so difficult to observe.