Expect to experience adventure-packed days of living in and learning about nature and wildlife. Amazingly, opportunities like this are available to immerse yourself in the natural world! EcoTraining offers incredible courses in Kenya, with their signature Kenya Safari Guide Course and EcoQuest Courses, both worth considering.
AN AUTHENTIC KENYA EXPERIENCE
Kenya is the iconic landmark of the Greatest Wildlife Migration in the world and home to the Maasai indigenous people. This destination reigns as one of the top five bird-watching destinations in the world. Its aesthetically distinctive landscapes, concentrated biodiversity, and rich Maasai culture make this destination a must for African wildlife lovers. However, Kenya is a mecca for avid nature and safari travellers; over one hundred vulnerable and endangered species still exist, including the African elephant, wild dog, cheetah and the critically endangered black rhino.
The Maasai are natural cattle herders, believing that all the cattle in the world are promised to their people by God. Cattle play an important role in Maasai culture and are their primary food source. Culturally speaking, the number of livestock a Maasai man owns and the number of children his father measures his wealth. The Maasai are semi-nomadic because they must traverse the land to seek new grazing land for their herds of cattle. There is also conflict between the Maasai cattle herders and lions that kill their livestock. Numerous community projects have reduced lion killings by teaching cattle farmers alternative retaliation tactics to protect their livestock and preserve lions in this region.
Every year, thousands of international guests visit Kenya to witness the Great Migration, where almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse across the Serengeti up to the Maasai Mara. This remarkable event occurs between July and October after the first “long” rainy season when the migrating herbivores are at their highest numbers. EcoTraining’s EcoQuest short course is an excellent option if you want an educational adventure. You can choose to participate for 7 or 14 days. The course runs year-round, so you can choose the best time and tie it in with the awe-inspiring migration of wildebeest.
EXPERIENCE AN EDUCATIONAL SAFARI IN KENYA
EcoTraining’s Mara Training Centre, located near the Mara River, offers a signature Kenya Safari Guide course consisting of twenty-eight adventure-packed days living in and learning about nature and ecology. This course takes place in November, the start of the “short” rainy season. November is also a quieter time to visit Kenya, as it is off-peak season. You will find many baby animals and migratory birds during this time of the year.
The benefit of living remotely for twenty-eight days is that guests can be intimately close to wildlife, which yields more profound experiences. Each day allows hours spent in the field interpreting the ecology and enjoying a wildlife experience. To top it off, successful students receive an EcoTraining certificate upon completion and the option to write the KPSGA Bronze level qualification.
Nature Walks, Sleepout, & Conservation | The Kenya Experience
Are you ready to be captivated by the cultural wealth and scenery of the Masai Mara?
Come and join our Mara EcoQuest, where our camp is situated on the bank of the Mara River, a truly unique environment. EcoTraining’s Mara EcoQuest is an educational safari whilst absorbing all there is to know about nature on game drives, nature walks, and sleepouts; participants also learn about the three-way relationship between the local communities, wildlife, and conservation efforts.
Video footage @Jamie Unwin.
Learn more about our 7/14-day Masai Mara EcoQuest course https://www.ecotraining.co.za/programs-courses/masai-mara-ecoquest/