Programs & Courses

All courses, except the Professional Field Guide course, can take students of a minimum age of 16 years. Those younger than 16 years are, however, able to attend under the supervision of an adult.

Professional Field Guide

If you love the idea of taking safari lodge guests from all over the world out on walking and game drive safaris into Africa’s wild places, finding wildlife for them, and teaching them fascinating facts about the animals and ecosystems, then EcoTraining’s Professional Field Guide course is for you. 

Next starting date
August 02, 2017 All camps
FGASA Field Guide

Every minute of your 55 days on this course will be a learning experience, as you are constantly exposed to the bush. It covers a broad spectrum of subjects, using a mix of formal lectures as well as time out in the field.

Next starting date
August 02, 2017 Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe
Trails Guide

Explore the wilderness of the majestic Makuleke Concession in the famed Kruger National Park or Mashatu in the Northern Tuli Reserve in Botswana on foot, on a 28-day Trails Guide course (FGASA-accredited), where the majority of your time will be spent conducting bush walks in big game country. 

Next starting date
July 07, 2017 Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
EcoTracker Animal Tracking

EcoTracker offers you the ultimate wilderness immersion. Through the ancient art and science of animal tracking – possibly the world's oldest – you will connect with the iconic places and wildlife of Africa on foot.

Next starting date
August 25, 2017 Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Safari Guide

This is EcoTraining's well-known 28-day Safari Guide training course, aimed at those wishing to experience a bush holiday, while also learning about the environment they are in. A month of living and learning in nature at our wilderness camps (Selati and Karongwe in South Africa, and Mashatu in Botswana) will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment.

Next starting date
July 07, 2017 Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Kenya Bronze Safari Guide

EcoTraining’s signature Kenya Bronze Safari Guide course consists of 28 adventure-packed days living in and learning about nature and ecology at our wilderness camps in Kenya. You will take part in a variety of learning activities, while driving and walking in some of the most stunning areas of Africa.

Next starting date
October 01, 2017 Mara Training Centre

The EcoQuest course (seven or 14 days) is designed to provide a learning experience, and incorporates certain aspects of our Safari Guide course. It is aimed at those who are looking for a more in-depth bush experience, but who do not necessarily have four weeks to break away from work obligations.

Next starting date
July 09, 2017 Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Birding in the Bush

Birding as a hobby has grown tremendously in popularity in the past decade, and these days visitors to the African wilderness areas want to do more than simply spot large game. Owing to this development on the ecotourism front, we have developed our seven-day Birding in the Bush course. 

Next starting date
September 24, 2017 Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Wilderness Trails Skills

This unique six-day course provides a perfect platform for aspirant or qualified guides or nature lovers to discover and reconnect with meaningful wilderness encounters. We firmly believe that the wilderness experience can be an inspiring cornerstone in the lives and careers of all those with a passion for nature and its inhabitants, developing a lifelong culture of conservation.

Next starting date
July 11, 2017 Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Wildlife Photography

Taking great wildlife photos is not as easy as it looks. Not only does one need creativity and technical knowledge, but also knowledge and understanding of one’s subject matter.

Next starting date
August 03, 2018 Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Post-Matric Bush Breakaway

Go on an adventure safari with a group of your best friends… a fresh, safe, exhilarating alternative to celebrating the end of your school life together. Based in a beautiful big five game reserve, with a comfy tented camp as your base, embrace the celebrations with a whole lot more meaning, adventure, memories and experiences.

Next starting date
November 30, 2017 Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Family EcoQuest

The Family EcoQuest is an educational bush program designed to immerse people of all ages into the African wilderness. By providing an inspirational adventurous experience, hearts and minds of both young and old are awakened and slowly yet steadily an army of green warriors is created.   

Next starting date
June 28, 2017 Karongwe Game Reserve, South Africa