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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 first 24 hours on an EcoTraining Practical Course

There’s one for aspiring professional Field Guides, taking an entire year. There’s one specifically for birding enthusiasts, taking just seven days. And there’s an extensive range of other ones in between. EcoTraining’s practical courses and experiences can cater to many different needs, but they all guarantee one thing: intense quality time immersed in nature! EcoTraining graduate Wim tells the story of his 35-day Practical Field Guide course, which took him first to Karongwe and then to Pridelands.

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Globalization in the Wild

My dad’s experience at EcoTraining was genuinely remarkable. It was an incredible example of how people from different backgrounds and cultures can come together to learn and appreciate nature. The diverse group of companions he met at the camp, including those from Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, UAE, and Reunion, made the experience even more enriching. He learned from instructors from various countries, explored the African wilderness, and encountered awe-inspiring birds. It was a unique opportunity to witness globalization in the wild.

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EcoTraining’s Evolution at Mashatu

EcoTraining has a multiheaded mission of environmental education, empowering people on courses while acting as guardians of the land. In this way, we act for conservation at different levels.

For 30 years, EcoTraining has been privileged to operate in many game reserves where we are pioneers of guide training and catalysts for job creation and increased revenues for high-end tourism.

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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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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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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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Magic of Makuleke

Makuleke camp in the Kruger National Park is a special place. Amidst the pristine landscape of the northern Kruger National Park, the EcoTraining camp is tucked away from the crowds and hustle of the southern section and filled with awe-inspiring beauty among the ancient baobab trees, the lala palm trees, and the yellow fever tree forest.

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Gap Year Wildlife & Conservation Program

As you immerse yourself in new worlds of breathtaking habitats, learn, discover, and make a difference while embarking on the adventure of a lifetime with our one-of-a-kind wildlife & conservation gap year programs.

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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.

Join our nature-loving community.