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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.
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The fascinating birds of the bush

Have you ever wondered what the fascination is around birding and why people love it so much?
Let us introduce you to a few feathery friends you might spot on your next adventure at one of EcoTraining’s rustic camps. Discover the captivating secrets of the beautiful birds of Africa, and grow your appreciation and love for nature.

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Wildlife Conservation with EcoTraining

EcoTraining showcases its commitment to wildlife conservation and environmental preservation by promoting sustainable practices and educating people about protecting endangered species. EcoTraining sets the bar high with its courses, trains field guides, and instils a sense of responsibility towards nature and wildlife.

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Understanding Wildlife Tracking

The ancient art of tracking unveils the secrets of animal behaviour. We explore the key steps of identifying, interpreting, and tracking wild animals in the heart of the South African wilderness.

“Do not be afraid to get dirty. Get down on your knees and have a close look at the tracks. It is essential to take your time. You can make a mistake by being too quick on the trigger when identifying tracks,” said Gerhard Delport, a former EcoTracker student.

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EcoTraining Celebrates 30 Years of Excellence

Thirty years of EcoTraining is a significant milestone. This celebration is a testament to EcoTraining’s long history of promoting field guiding and wildlife conservation. It’s an opportunity to inspire the next generation of passionate individuals who will continue the legacy of creating guardians of the natural world.

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How do I become a Backup Trainee for EcoTraining? 

“To be selected as a backup trail guide is a privilege and carries great responsibility. You are responsible for the life of the Lead Trails Guide and the lives of guests who are with you and require a great deal of trust”, says Gino Cinquina, former EcoTraining Backup. As a backup trainee for EcoTraining, you can walk in beautiful wilderness areas and experience incredible moments on foot with wild animals.

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Find your Freedom with EcoTraining

As nature enthusiasts, we at EcoTraining discover our sense of freedom within the African Bush’s core, where nature and conservation effortlessly blend. What does freedom look like to you? Are you up for a challenge? We invite you to join us on an unforgettable journey, surrounded by nature and wildlife, breathtaking sights, fresh air and all the incredible scents and sounds of the bush.

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The Black Mambas continue to Inspire

The Black Mambas are truly inspiring women who have been making a difference in their communities for a long time. They are fearless in their mission to protect endangered rhinos and wildlife, and they do it without the use of firearms. Their efforts have saved countless animals from the deadly traps set by poachers. It’s heartening to know that two of these remarkable women are currently undergoing training with EcoTraining, where they can further develop their skills and make an even greater impact in their daily work.

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What to expect from EcoTraining’s Placement Program

The Placement Program offers students a significant opportunity to gain experience in the industry while sharpening their new-found skills and becoming fully exposed to how establishments in the hospitality and guiding world operate. The Program focuses on introducing and preparing the 1-year Professional Field Guide students for their careers in the industry.

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Elephants swimming at Pridelands

Have you ever witnessed the magical display of gentle giants swimming and playing and sparring and bonding in water? They don’t just enjoy dust baths; their favourite kind is when they’re fully immersed underwater and trust us, there is nothing more entertaining than watching a herd frolicking in the water. It is a remarkable sight to see.

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EcoTraining’s rite of passage – The Sleepout  

It is a tale of forging a profound bond with the African wilderness. Immerse yourself in the primitive setting, enveloped by Africa’s untamed sights and sounds, while gazing in wonder at the night sky. A flickering campfire enhances the bushveld atmosphere and keeps you vigilant through the night watch. As the first light of dawn graces the horizon, you’ll awaken to the vibrant pulse of the African wild.

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The Many Fascinating Secrets of a Baobab

The Makuleke Concession is one of the most diverse and scenically attractive areas in the Kruger National Park. The area is renowned for its botanically rich landscapes, scattered with towering ancient baobab trees and has abundant wildlife and bird species.

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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
experience.

Start your wildlife career

Want to become a field or nature guide? Explore our immersive courses and training programmes for professional safari guides and guardians of nature, taught and led by experts in the industry.

EcoTraining offers career and accredited courses, wildlife enthusiast courses, gap year programmes and customised group travel courses.

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