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Have you ever seen a ‘jumping bean’?

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While walking through the African bush you may often come across some surprising elements. Some of them are not always self-explanatory and get one contemplating and curious, especially when you see seeds jumping all over the ground!
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Henry Parsons: the bush, EcoTraining and I

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We handpick our instructors to make sure we offer our students the best possible experience on course. Henry Parsons is one of those inspiring and motivational instructors that you do not find around every corner. In this blog Henry tells us all about his love for the bush and why he loves working for EcoTraining.
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Raymond Khoza: an inspirational story about passion for a guiding career

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If you ever were to meet a person oozing with a love for life, an engaging manner and an ease with meeting people, it would be Raymond Khosa, seasoned field and trails guide in the Kruger Park. In the few minutes of talking to him, you will realise his razor sharp memory for facts, people’s journeys and his career that started with an EcoTraining course 14 years ago.
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A day in the life of Mashatu camp staff

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There is a lot going on behind the scenes at our camps that most people are not aware of. From early morning to late night our staff are dedicated to the well-being of our students. This is how it is done at our Mashatu camp.
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Wildlife encounters around every corner

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Mashatu had an incredible week of wildlife activity. Being based in a big game area, our unfenced camp regularly receives non-human visitors and we enjoy regular encounters on our daily walks and game drives. These encounters make the wilderness element of our courses uniquely special
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To walk and just be in the wilderness

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It’s a “complex shifting of ‘stuff’ under the surface of one’s consciousness”. The EcoTraining Wilderness Trails Skills course takes you on a journey through one of the most untouched wilderness areas in Africa. By leaving the busy-ness of your daily life behind, you get a chance to rediscover yourself in the most natural way possible.
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A poem: The journey of a safari guide student

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Gary Ray left the corporate world in Joburg to embark on a dramatic change to his life - to train as a professional safari guide then to live and work in Africa's bushveld. He was so impacted on by nature while training with EcoTraining, that he wrote this poem during his one year course.
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What is a guide and what is a ranger?

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People often tend to confuse the roles of a Field Guide and Game or Park Ranger. Even though the basis of their knowledge is the same their functions in the industry are very different.
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Why we enrolled on a One Year Safari Guide course!

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Are you thinking of taking a year out of your life and do an EcoTraining Professional Field Guide course? The new intakes of this course made this big decision not so long ago and they share their reasons behind their decisions with us.
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Back where I began – Jomi Krobb

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We are humbled to meet up with our past students, especially when they are back with EcoTraining to take their qualifications to the next level.
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Look who visited us in camp!

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Since we are celebrating World Elephant day today, we want to share our fondest and most intimate memories of elephants visiting our camps.
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American students fund a dehorning project

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A group of students recently experienced the raw reality of a rhino dehorning process. It was a sad, yet humbling experience to be remembered for years to come.
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How to tell the difference: white rhino and black rhino tracks

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Animal track identification can become difficult if you do not know the basic distinguishing features of tracks. In this blog Norman explains the difference between white rhino and black rhino tracks.
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Making a difference all the way from the USA

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Moondance Adventures opened their hearts to the people of the Makuleke community. By spending some time in the community, they made an unforgettable impact on everyone involved.
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How to identify animal tracks

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Animal track identification is not as easy as one would think. There are a few aspects to take into consideration before making a final conclusion.