https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Marie-cover.jpg 1062 1200 Marie Schmidt /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Marie Schmidt2021-11-18 10:05:232021-11-18 11:47:51A 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.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Ezulwini-cover.jpg 1062 1200 Victoria Craddock /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Victoria Craddock2021-11-11 08:04:172021-11-11 11:03:38Sharing 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.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Paradise-cover.jpg 1062 1200 Rufus Cottrell /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Rufus Cottrell2021-11-03 08:12:542021-11-03 12:50:28Another Day in Paradise
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.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/calling-cover-2.jpg 1062 1200 Lawrence Steyn /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Lawrence Steyn2021-10-27 09:33:572021-10-27 12:37:30Answering 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.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Antelope-cover-2.jpg 1062 1200 Diane McLeish /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Diane McLeish2021-10-20 09:05:192021-10-20 11:53:00Sanctuary 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.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/DSC04452-scaled.jpg 933 1400 EcoTraining Pty Ltd /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg EcoTraining Pty Ltd2021-10-15 10:49:272021-10-15 10:49:27EcoTraining Celebrates International Day for Rural Women
On the International Day of Rural Women, meet the remarkable EcoTraining team of women who are leading their families and their communities to a better life in areas like the town of Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga and Makuleke village in Limpopo.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cover.jpg 1062 1200 Laila Shehata /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Laila Shehata2021-10-14 12:15:222021-10-14 12:10:10EcoTracker Experience in Mashatu
Growing up, I would imagine going on safaris as a live-action version of The Lion King, with wild animals interacting and living their lives, paying no attention to me. The two trips I’ve taken in the bush as an adult weren’t actually that far off from that image: I saw a ridiculous number and variety of animals from the safety of a game vehicle. My most recent experience – an EcoTracker course in Mashatu – was somehow entirely different, and even more magical.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/rain-2-cover.jpg 1062 1200 Emma Summers /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Emma Summers2021-10-06 09:43:192021-10-07 08:20:06The First Rains by Emma Summers
The short bushveld winter has now officially ended in the South African bush. Days are getting warmer and the nights aren’t as cold as they once were. This is the time of year when we eagerly await the first storm. Will it come on time or will it be late? Only Mother Nature has the answer.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/FB-Square_cover-new.jpg 1200 1200 Victoria Craddock /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Victoria Craddock2021-09-29 09:15:572021-09-29 13:44:56The Juggle of a Safari Guide
Have you ever wondered just how many balls your safari guide must juggle on a safari? Victoria shares her experience of what it's like to be a new guide.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/rhino-cover.jpg 1062 1200 Emma Summers /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Emma Summers2021-09-22 07:45:312021-09-27 18:29:08In search of the African Grey Unicorn
Unicorns, mythical beasts that are confined to fairy tales and children’s storybooks, right? Wrong. If you come to South Africa and look deep into the African bush you might just see one. No, I’m not talking about the fabled horses/goat type animal with flowing manes and a single horn, but rather something that is more prehistoric, a critically endangered herbivore, a mammal with stunning grey skin, and two beautiful but deadly horns.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/cover-2.jpg 797 900 Lee Bellware /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Lee Bellware2021-09-15 09:54:082021-09-15 12:10:10Altering Course: An Interview with Bouke Lolkema
Society tells us our lives will be mapped out by our youth and our ambition: what schools we attend, who we marry, or what high-paying career we take on. But those are not the only factors that determine our paths. Sometimes tectonic forces are working deep below our feet, waiting to show us paths we had not prepared for when we least expect them—after our careers, our schooling, and our lives are pretty much sorted out. Or so we thought...
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/office-cover.jpg 1062 1200 Norman Chauke /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Norman Chauke2021-09-08 08:57:372021-09-09 10:38:56Another Successful Day at the Office
In the middle of the Mashatu bush, in the early hours of the morning, I was woken by the loud roar of a male lion. I was hesitant to get out of bed and shine my touch to see if the lion was anywhere near my tent. I decided to climb back into bed. By the sound of the roar, the lion was not that close to the camp.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DSC_7351-scaled.jpg 933 1400 Christoff Els /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Christoff Els2021-09-01 07:44:362021-09-01 12:53:20How WILD can it get?
As the sun slowly rises over the horizon the dawn chorus of a new day starts. Crested Francolins call in duet and the birds of prey start to warm up, desperately waiting to catch a morning commute with the rising thermals. It is here on the Southern side of Ndlovu dam where JP Le Roux and myself are doing some filming for our Youtube channel while enjoying a morning French pressed coffee.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Technoloy-cover-1.jpg 1062 1200 Emma Summers /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Emma Summers2021-08-25 10:31:222021-08-25 12:49:26Technology and the Bush by Emma Summers
Technology has become so ingrained into our everyday lives that most of us question how it is possible to live without it. It has helped us keep in contact with the people we love during the recent worldwide lockdowns. Whilst you are traveling it allows you to capture memories, share your experiences and reflect on your adventures when you get home.
https://www.ecotraining.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Selati_swimming-cover.jpg 462 522 Victoria Craddock /wp-content/images/ecotraining-v15.svg Victoria Craddock2021-08-18 09:02:252021-08-18 09:01:17River Swim ~ An African Baptism
Swimming when the river flows is the Selati equivalent of making hay while the sun shines. EcoTraining blogger, Victoria, recalls a sunset swim, shared with students and tilapia fish.