The Kenya Safari Guide programme with EcoTraining in the land of the greatest global wildlife migration

It happens once a year, why not make it an educational lifetime experience?

Kenya is widely known as the iconic landmark to the Greatest Wildlife Migration in the world and home to the Maasai indigenous people. This destination reigns as one of the top five bird-watching destinations in the world. It’s aesthetically distinctive landscapes, concentrated biodiversity and rich Maasai culture make this destination is a must for African wildlife lovers. Although Kenya is a mecca for avid nature and safari travellers, there still exists over one hundred vulnerable and endangered species including the African elephant, wild dog, cheetah and black rhino.

The black Rhino by Sam Stogdale

The African Elephant by Max Melesi

The Maasai are natural cattle herders and they believe that all the cattle in the world are promised to their people by God. Cattle plays an important role in Maasai culture and is also their primary source of food. Culturally speaking, the number of cattle a Maasai man owns and the number of children he fathers measures his wealth. The Maasai are considered semi-nomadic because they have to traverse the land in order to seek new grazing land for their herds of cattle. There is also conflict with the Maasai cattle herders and lions that kill their livestock. Numerous community projects have ensured that lion killings have been reduced by teaching cattle farmers alternative retaliation tactics to protect their livestock and preserve lions in this region.

The EcoTraining Maasai Field Guide by Sam Davies

A leopard trailing past a cattle herder and his cattle by Lippa Wood

Every year Kenya is visited by thousands of international guests to witness the Great Migration where almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse across the Serengeti up to the Masai Mara. This remarkable event takes place between July and October after the rainy season where the migrating herbivores are at their highest numbers. This journey is very dangerous for these animals since they are targets for land and water predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and crocodiles and hippos. During this time, one can also spectate a plethora of birdlife including the highest population of ostrich in Africa found in the Mara.

The great migration of zebra and wildebeest by Istock

Ostriches in the Masai Mara by Sam Davies

The best time to visit Masai Mara in Kenya is without a doubt during the Great Migration between July and October. EcoTraining’s Mara Training Centre, located near the Mara river offers a signature Kenya Safari Guide course consisting of twenty-eight adventure packed days living in and learning about nature and ecology. Best of all, this course takes place during the Great Migration (See below for dates). Guests take part in a variety of learning activities whilst game driving and bushwalking in some of the most spectacular landscapes in Kenya.

Why do the course in conjunction with your great migration travel plans? Whether you’ve chosen a career linked to wildlife or nature, or are a regular traveller to the bush, this course will give you the knowledge and understanding to truly appreciate what you see. To the lament observer it is merely a track in the sand but to the environmentally conscious, it is a story of the life of that animal’s history, present and future.  The benefit of living remotely for twenty-eight days is that guests are able to be intimately close to wildlife, which yields deeper experiences. Each day allows for hours of time spent in the field interpreting the ecology and enjoying a wildlife experience. To top it off, successful students receive an EcoTraining certificate upon completion as well the option to write the KPSGA Bronze level qualification.

An EcoTraining student observing and elephant in the distance by Max Melesi

A beautifully captured landscape of Kenya by Max Melesi

Some subjects covered on course

  • Field Guiding as a profession
  • Basic 4×4 Driving
  • Navigation and Orientation
  • Ecology
  • Reptiles
  • Geology and Soil
  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Weather and Climate
  • Tracks and signs
  • Anticipating Animal Behaviour

DATES

  • 1 June – 28 June 2018
  • 14 September – 11 October 2018

To learn more about the Kenya Safari Guide course, click here or email enquiries@ecotraining.co.za to book your spot on the next course.