What to expect from EcoTraining Selati camp

Many of our potential students wonder what it will be like to spend a year in the bush and how they will manage this if they come from an urban background. Not all the EcoTraining courses run for a full year and there are shorter courses on offer at Selati.

EcoTraining is often asked, “what can students expect at our Selati training camp”?

What might you, as a potential student, want to know about our camp and what you can expect? Perhaps this photo-story blog will answer some of your questions.

Take a moment to pour yourself a hot beverage while we share some images and thoughts about our course with you. Enamel mugs are almost a requirement in the bush as they tend to bounce and not break when dropped.

(c) David Batzofin

Students are met at the reserve main gate, where they can park their vehicles. From there they will be transported in an open vehicle along a gravel road to the campsite. Seeing that the drive is through the Selati reserve that the camp is on, there is every opportunity for the arriving students to get to experience some of Africa’s wildlife. This sign is the first inkling that the camp is closeby.

(c) Albie Venter

The camp is structured in such a manner as to keep the footprint to a minimum. There is no perimeter fence and that allows animals to wander through the camp. Thus making a stay here an immersive and exciting experience. Be it for the year-long course or one of the shorter courses on offer. Students are housed in shared dome tents and there are separate communal ablution facilities for both the male and female students.

(c) Albie Venter

Most of the lectures and the exams are written here. This is one of only two permanent structures on the property. The other is even more important…the kitchen.

(c) David Batzofin

The objective of all the courses is to pass the exams at the end. But who can say no to revision time when you are trying to concentrate while looking at THIS view. Some of the courses might be intense, but each participant will come away having been entertained, informed and educated.

(c) Kirstin Scholtz

All work and no play can make the students bored. But when you have a volleyball court set up in the middle of a dried river bed, could there be a better way to let off steam?

(c) David Batzofin

No need to go out on a game drive when some of the “study material” can be found in camp. This Large Armoured Darkling Beetle (Anomalipus elephas) is NOT a Dung Beetle but is part of the Tok Tokkie (Tenebrionidae) family. Although an imposing 32mm in length, it poses no threat to humans.

(c) David Batzofin

Meals are important! And the EcoTraining facility at Selati serves three hearty meals a day. They also cater for a variety of dietary requirements. Rather than disturb the inhabitants of the adjacent bush with calls and whistles, the sound that a hollow kudu horn makes can be heard throughout the camp and it is in keeping with the ethos of the camp.

If you are looking for a true bush experience, or just getting back to basics, look no further than EcoTraining Selati camp.