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.


The first of its kind in the safari industry, this course was developed for the purpose of offering participants a glimpse into the life and work of a Safari Guide. This course is a condensed version of the accredited EcoTraining Field Guide (NQF2) course and teaches participants the practical and theoretical knowledge of the natural environment. Participants will learn how to identify and interpret elements of the natural environment. This course is intelligently designed to give learners the best immersive environmental learning experience whilst understanding the roles and some techniques of a professional field guide. This is a great course for those who are still deciding if a career as a safari guide is what they want to pursue.

“I cannot thank you enough for the amazing safari guide course that Justin, my son, attended, and for all the input you have each invested into his life.”

Shirley Tobias (Justin Tobias’s mother) – 2015



  • Ecology, geology and soils
  • Trees/Vegetation Identification
  • Birds
  • Tracks and tracking
  • Mammals
  • Guiding Skills (including vehicles and radio procedures)
  • Arthropods
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Astronomy
  • Climate and Sleep-out
  • Bushcraft
  • Fish and Taxonomy
  • Grasses
  • Habitat Management
  • Historical Human Habitation
  • Basic Fire Arm Theory and Practical Shoot/Study Day (depending on camp)

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.


There are two tests, one presentation and one assessment during this course. These are not compulsory, yet they do give the learner a sense of purpose and meaning while doing this course. For those who are not interested in studying, writing and being tested, kindly be considerate of those who are attending this course for those purposes.

* Depending on the particular group, activities and lectures may change due to group interests and sightings. However, lectures and activities will always be offered for students who want the full course structure and experience.


At the end of this course, you will be awarded an EcoTraining participation certificate.


02 July – 29 July 2022 Mashatu

02 September – 29 September 2022 Botswana