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.


If you are an adventurous spirit wanting to gain a greater understanding of nature and the environment while experiencing the excitement of the bush, then the EcoQuest is for you. Or if you are a student testing the waters for a career in this field, join this course. And on top of it all, we show you how to drive a 4×4 vehicle, to identify birds, plants, trees and tracks, and how to track animals.

“When I came to EcoTraining, I could feel the nature from the beginning. It reminds me of an old Chinese saying, that man is an integral part of nature.”

Cookie – Chinese EcoQuest – 2015

The course consists of two components –  fascinating facts and knowledge gained about all elements of nature combined with a day in the life of a safari guide experience.

  • You will learn about the infinite variety of living organisms that exist in nature.
  • Study the behaviour, interaction and identification of the small creatures and birds in our ecosystems.
  • Understand the underlying elements that support this variety of life such as geology, soils, plants and climate.
  • While you study these smaller organisms, you will study and learn to identify the habits and behaviour of the larger charismatic wild animals that roam our wilderness areas.


  • Ecology
  • Common trees and shrubs
  • Animal tracks and tracking
  • Bird identification and behaviour
  • Animal behaviour
  • Astronomy
  • Orientation and navigation
  • Bush skills
  • Using binoculars correctly and positioning for photography

Our winning formula

You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments or the frequency of practical activities we offer.


03 November – 16 November 2019 (Karongwe)

07 November – 13 November 2019 (Makuleke)

29 November – 04 December 2019 (Mashatu) – 5 nights/6 days

16 December – 22 December 2019 (Mashatu)

22 December – 28 December 2019 (Makuleke)

22 December – 02 January 2020 (Makuleke) – Once off Christmas special

16 March – 22 March 2020 (Makuleke)

24 July – 06 August 2020 (Karongwe & Mashatu)

25 September – 01 October 2020 (Makuleke)

05 October – 18 October 2020 (Karongwe & Makuleke)

01 November – 14 November 2020 (Makuleke & Karongwe)

17 December – 23 December 2020 (Mashatu)