Wilderness immersion courses and programmes

Learn more about guiding and the natural world

Choose from our various courses, whether a career and endorsed FGASA course or a shorter wildlife course; all of our programmes will help you improve your knowledge and leave you feeling reawakened and reconnected.

Start your wildlife career

We offer various career courses, shorter wildlife courses, and online courses. There’s something for everyone who has a passion for nature and wildlife. With every EcoTraining course, your knowledge will be enhanced, and your enthusiasm nurtured.

Our unfenced camps in large dangerous game areas also offer complete immersion in nature and practical experience. With two activities daily – like game drives and game walks – there’s never a dull moment on a course.

Accredited by leading associations such as FGASA and official training entities such as CATHSSETA, our career courses and programmes offer individuals an opportunity to turn a passion for wildlife and nature into a career.

55-day Field Guide ONE Course

The EcoTraining Field Guide ONE course is industry-tailored, mainly aimed at giving South Africans their first steps towards their field guide career. It is the number ONE course to consider when becoming a qualified Field Guide.

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Our Wildlife programmes and courses are designed for everyone who is interested in nature, whether they intend to pursue a career in conservation or simply love being in the bush.

Connect with like-minded people from all over the world with our live and interactive online sessions. Study conservation online in this adventure-packed learning experience.

buffalo at ecotraining makuleke

On-demand Field Guide Course

This on-demand Field Guide course is a tailor-made solution for individuals with busy schedules who yearn to pursue their passion for field guiding at their preferred pace.

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Take a gap year and experience an immersive wildlife experience or customise a course for small groups, university study programmes or private travel with EcoTraining.

Gap Year

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our unique wildlife gap year programs, immersing yourself in breathtaking habitats, learning, discovering, and making a meaningful impact. Whether you’re a school leaver unsure of your future path or a nature enthusiast, step into an exciting world of adventure with our wildlife gap year programme.

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Customised Wildlife Programmes

Customised courses for agents and tour operators to assist with the planning of educational safari itineraries catered for small group departures, alumni travel, private celebrity travel, summer schools, and university study abroad programmes.

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Advantages with EcoTraining

On every EcoTraining course or programme, the adventure of a safari is combined with environmental education to offer a truly immersive wilderness experience.

Courses offered online include field experience as well.


Enjoy experiential training with twice-daily wildlife activities.


Receive guidance and training from expert trainers.


Live in unfenced camps on big game reserves.


Experience hands-on practical learning.

Camp location map

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