Camp news: Floods at Mashatu

At EcoTraining, our trainers and learners acknowledge and respect that Mother Nature is more powerful than man. It is a humbling concept that they experience on a daily basis in our wilderness areas. Be it a towering elephant crossing one's path or a torrential downpour that floods our camp nestled on the river banks.

From cattle herder to EcoTraining instructor – Norman Chauke

One of the things I love about EcoTraining is the people that work for the company. They have one common goal …

When a Gecko lays eggs in your bed

The bush can leave you all sorts of surprises around every corner. Cara had some first hand experience with plenty of unexpected surprises and this one most definitely topped them all.

The curse of the ‘were-buff’

Upon arriving back at Karongwe on New Year's Day, there were some very fresh buffalo tracks around our tent. We figured perhaps our friendly neighbourhood buffalo had come to check where we had gone while we were visiting the Selati camp. What a nice chap!

Caught between a lion and an elephant bull in musth

We turn a corner to hear an impala urgently alarm calling and what do you know… a big male lion lying right in the open! At the same time I spot elephants on the opposite side of the road and out comes a big bull elephant very clearly in musth...

Life at Karongwe camp

It has been a few weeks since Cara and Van first arrived at camp. They have been introduced to the daily running of camp, regular visits from resident animals in and around Karongwe and joined on some exciting course activities. It has been an unforgettable first week and Cara shares her experience.

Christmas at Karongwe

I was equal parts excited about and dreading Christmas in the South African bush. I have never had a Christmas away from my family before and it's pretty much the only holiday in the year I really care about.

An Aussie in Africa: from corporate to camp life

Cara, a corporate girl from Australia, has left her world behind and moved to Africa with her South African born husband to explore the unknown. Their quest led them to EcoTraining and Cara's tales of life in the bush begin here...

Basic birding and tricking others to raise your young

For the last week we've had a Professional Field Guide course in camp completing their Basic Birding course. Cara Pring managed to tag along and this is what she has learnt about birding.

Mashatu: A team to be reckoned with – meet Russel and Lynne

We recently had the privilege to induct two very special people, Russel and Lynne, into our EcoTraining team at our Mashatu camp. With plenty years of experience in the bush and the safari industry, this is a team to be reckoned with!

A bush breakaway to remember

Christoff Els, winner of EcoTraining's bush breakaway competition shares his unforgettable memories from the past weekend at our camp on Karongwe Game Reserve.

My first wildlife encounter as a Safari Guide trainee

Let’s go back in time to our holiday or course in the bush and recall that thrilling moment when you first encountered one of Africa’s beautiful animal species on a game drive.

Kenya: an unusual sighting

It is unusual for cheetahs to scavenge off each other, and this sighting of a male and female cheetah sharing a meal left everyone puzzled.

EcoTraining: Photos of the week #2

Every photo has a story to tell and every week the story will have a different ending. In nature not one day is the same which makes life in the bush a thrilling experience.

A walk in the bush

"There is something right about seeing animals on foot rather than from the great fuming hide of a vehicle. Here we are all animals with needs for water and shelter, at a respectful and proper distance. Here one is excited by tracks of animals one doesn’t see or by working out how the lions killed the eland carcass we come across".