Read the latest posts from EcoTraining and immerse yourself in our natural world. Explore the wild, learn about conservation, discover our camps, join us in spotting wildlife and so much more.

Inspired by Teaching and Learning

EcoTraining Senior Instructor, Craig Beaton, has worked in the bush – one way or another – for over 35 years. Starting as a Trails Guide in the Kruger National Park in 1986, he has come full circle to be an instructor on the current Trails Guiding course in progress at Pridelands.

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The Rhino Story

The rhino story of South Africa is like a roller coaster ride of emotions. There are ups and downs, challenges, and triumphs. But at the crux of it, it’s the story of a species’ resilience and humanity’s ability to work together for great good.

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How the Kudu got its Name

Once upon a time, in the small village of Koroga. There lived Chief Paipo. Chief Paipo had a beautiful daughter for whom he was looking for a suitor. He sent word to all the animals in the wilderness to come and contend for his daughter.

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How to become a bird nerd

If you are thinking, “Why would I want to become a bird nerd?” of all the animals in the African savannah? Don’t leave me just yet. Trust me; you will not be able to fight it. I have turned many sceptics into bird nerds. Just keep reading.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Mammals

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of mammals.
Mammals play an important role in ecosystems by providing essential services such as regulating insect populations, seed dispersal and pollination and acting as indicators of general ecosystem health.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Fish

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of fish.
Fish species biodiversity is a testament to the incredible variety of aquatic life on our planet. With over 33,000 recognized species, fish inhabit a wide range of ecosystems, from the depths of the ocean to the highest mountain streams. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, each adapted to their specific environment.

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From the City into the Bush

I used to be a city girl through and through, growing up in Munich, Germany. The older I got, the lesser I enjoyed the city life’s merits. I was looking for something else. I did not know what that was until I found it: reconnecting with nature in the African wilderness.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Dung Beetles

Take our EcoTraining Quiz this week and test your knowledge of dung beetles.
South Africa is a haven for dung beetle species biodiversity. These industrious insects play a crucial role in ecosystem health by efficiently recycling organic matter. With over 700 different species found across the country, South Africa is a global hotspot for dung beetle diversity.

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Why camp in an unfenced African bush camp?

As a kid, I remember camping out in the garden with my brother, no parents allowed, and I have happy memories of a father, daughter camping trip, and ever since, I’ve loved camping. I have been lucky to go camping in many pristine natural places, from the remote Alaskan wilderness to the African bush.

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Field Guide Assessments

Emerging from a simple dome tent on my first morning at EcoTraining Pridelands camp, I noticed the cool air and the red-orange glow of sunrise penetrated the darkness. Four and a half years ago, I qualified as a Guide, and here I am back in the throes of assessment week.

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Find a camp

Study wildlife conservation and accredited field guide courses at any of our pioneering African training camps, around Africa.

Enter your wildlife career. Explore our camps.

Mara Training Centre

Located on the banks of the Mara river,
the camp is nestled between communities
and wildlife conservancies.

Makuleke Concession

Explore the untamed wilderness of Kruger
National Park’s Makuleke Concession
with EcoTraining.

Mashatu Game Reserve

Located at the confluence of the Limpopo
and Shashe Rivers, in the eastern
corner of Botswana.

Pridelands Conservancy

A natural wonderland with free-roaming
elephants located in the Limpopo
Province of South Africa.

Selati Game Reserve

A sanctuary for wildlife, providing visitors
an opportunity to witness Africa’s
animals in their natural habitat.

Karongwe Reserve

A unique safari destination that offers
visitors an immersive and unforgettable

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