Globalization in the Wild

EcoTraining may be a South African association, but it is where contrasting nationalities, backgrounds and cultures meet from around the globe. EcoTraining itself has established camps beyond South Africa, in Kenya and Botswana. It is an organization that trains safari guides in South Africa, Kenya, and Botswana. The organization brings together people from different nationalities and cultures who share a love for nature and wildlife. 

The EcoTraining Experience

Aayat Irfan is a young writer who has a great passion for nature and wildlife. Although she has yet to join an EcoTraining course, she experiences the adventures of a student through her father, who has been on EcoTraining courses before.

“My dad is of Indian origin, settled in Mozambique, and is also a past ‘eco-trainer’ who enjoyed every minute of the experience he spent at the camp. Companions from Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, UAE, and Reunion joined him. 

Exploring the African wilderness

At the camp, he learned from instructors from different countries, including the Netherlands, South Africa, Portugal, and the US. He enjoyed exploring the beautiful African wilderness, wearing Vietnamese trekking shoes, taking pictures with a Chinese phone, and driving around in Japanese land cruisers.

Awe-inspiring birds

The best place he got the opportunity to explore was Crooks Corner, where he witnessed the convergence of the Mozambican, South African, and Zimbabwean borders. My dad encountered awe-inspiring birds such as the Egyptian Bush, the African Cuckoo, and the Cape Weaver“. 

Appreciate nature

Overall, the experience was a great example of how people worldwide can come together to learn and appreciate nature. 

Isn’t this an extraordinary example of globalization in the wild? 

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The EcoTraining Experience - Mashatu

Today, we meet up with three EcoTraining Field Guide students, Jeremy, Henrietta and Casper, who recently experienced what Mashatu offers. They marvel at the diversity of landscapes ranging from the wide open spaces to grasslands to the riverine forest and rocky hills. On one game drive, you can experience many things, from various plant species, vegetation and wildlife.

During their visit, they had what they describe as the best wildlife encounters and sightings. They range from elephant herds coming out of nowhere and crossing pathways to the most memorable sighting: a cheetah mother with her three cubs.

Another incredible feature is the remoteness one feels that allows you to connect with nature in an almost intuitive way instantly. These are just some of the amazingness you might experience; why not join EcoTaining on your next visit and see why we love it so much!!

About the Author:
Aayat Irfan

Aayat Irfan

Aayat is a young budding writer, poet, blogger and changemaker from Mozambique. She is a Yale Young African Scholar alumni and the youngest contributor to Xonguila, a Mozambican travel and leisure magazine, and EcoTraining. She is the first Mozambican to write on 'Voices of Youth - UNICEF.' Aayat's written pieces have been featured on many platforms, including Travel Essence magazine (Dubai) and a US-based news portal called She is a proud winner and finalist in many writing competitions. Some examples would be - the Trust for Sustainable Living student essay competition (UK) and the Vilnius International Project Olympiad (VILIPO - Lithuania). Due to her awareness-raising project for kids on sustainable tips, she was acknowledged by the State of Youth and KidsRights Changemakers (Amsterdam). You can find me curled up on a couch reading, binge-watching a movie or relaxing by the beach when I am not writing.

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