Training Provider: EcoTraining

EcoTraining is a well-known and respected field guide and nature training organization in Africa. It offers various courses and programs designed for individuals who are passionate about nature and wildlife and are interested in pursuing a career in the field. Courses range from short, introductory programs to professional-level guide training that adheres to FGASA standards.

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Courses and programs offered by EcoTraining:

  • Field Guide Courses: EcoTraining offers field guide courses that follow FGASA guidelines and standards. These courses cover theoretical and practical components of guiding, such as ecology, conservation, and wildlife identification. The courses are designed to prepare students for the FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) assessment.
  • Trails Guide Courses: For those interested in becoming walking safari guides, EcoTraining provides trails guide courses that focus on essential skills such as approaching dangerous game on foot, navigation, and rifle handling. These courses can lead to FGASA Trails Guide qualifications.
  • Wildlife Photography Courses: For individuals interested in wildlife photography, EcoTraining offers courses that cover various aspects of photography, from basic camera settings to advanced techniques. Participants will learn how to capture stunning images of Africa's wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Birding Courses: EcoTraining also provides specialized courses for bird enthusiasts who want to improve their bird identification and guiding skills.
  • Wildlife and Conservation Courses: In addition to professional guiding courses, EcoTraining offers short courses focused on specific wildlife and conservation topics, such as animal tracking, wildlife management, or conservation education.

EcoTraining courses adhere to FGASA standards, ensuring high-quality education and professional development in the field of guiding. The organization operates in several camps across Africa, including South Africa, Botswana and Kenya. These camps are situated in prime wildlife areas, providing students with immersive, hands-on experiences in diverse ecosystems.

The training programs are designed for individuals with a passion for nature, ranging from beginners to experienced professionals looking to advance their careers. By offering practical and theoretical components, EcoTraining helps prepare students for FGASA assessments and qualifications, ultimately contributing to the development of knowledgeable and skilled guides in Africa's wildlife and conservation sectors.

There are numerous compelling reasons to join a wildlife course with EcoTraining, even if you don't have aspirations for a career as a guide. Here are a few:

  • Deepen Your Connection with Nature: Participating in a wildlife course allows you to immerse yourself in the natural world and deepen your connection with nature. You'll gain a profound understanding of ecosystems, wildlife behavior, and conservation efforts, fostering a greater appreciation for the intricate web of life.
  • Expand Your Knowledge: EcoTraining courses provide comprehensive education on various aspects of wildlife and conservation. You'll learn about animal identification, tracking, ecology, and environmental management. This knowledge enhances your understanding of the natural world and empowers you to become a more informed and conscious global citizen.
  • Personal Growth and Enrichment: Engaging in a wildlife course is a transformative experience that fosters personal growth and enrichment. It challenges you to step out of your comfort zone, develop new skills, and expand your horizons. You'll gain self-confidence, resilience, and a deeper understanding of yourself in relation to the natural environment.
  • Foster Conservation Advocacy: By participating in a wildlife course, you become an ambassador for conservation. You'll learn about the challenges faced by wildlife and ecosystems and gain insights into sustainable practices. Armed with this knowledge, you can educate others, promote conservation efforts, and advocate for the protection of our natural heritage.
  • Unique Experiences: EcoTraining offers unparalleled opportunities to engage with wildlife in their natural habitats. You'll go on game drives, bush walks, and birding expeditions, witnessing the beauty of the natural world up close. These experiences create cherished memories and inspire a lifelong passion for wildlife and conservation.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Joining a wildlife course aligns with a commitment to environmental stewardship. EcoTraining emphasizes sustainable practices, ethics, and responsible tourism. By participating, you support organizations dedicated to conservation and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and fragile ecosystems.
  • Networking and Community: Wildlife courses provide opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for the natural world. You'll form lasting friendships, build a network of fellow conservation enthusiasts, and gain access to a supportive community of individuals working towards a common goal.
  • Remember, joining a wildlife course with EcoTraining offers a wealth of benefits beyond a career as a guide. It is a transformative experience that deepens your connection with nature, expands your knowledge, and empowers you to make a positive impact on the conservation of our planet's precious wildlife and ecosystems.

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Ecoquest Southern Africa

So far you have had little to do with nature, but would now like to embark on that journey? Then our EcoQuest course is just right for you. This introductory course is especially designed for newcomers, who can gather valuable insights which they will never forget, during a 7 or 14-day stay in awesome surroundings.


Ecoquest Kenya

So far you have had little to do with nature, but would now like to embark on that journey? Then our introductory EcoQuest course in awe-inspiring Kenya is just right for you. This course is especially designed for newcomers, who can gather valuable insights which they will never forget, during a 7 or 14-day stay in awesome surroundings. Kenya's spectacular Masai Mara is the perfect region for an adventure which will make your daily routine fade into the background. Discover the exciting world of animals and plants and embark on your first steps in the wild with the EcoQuest course.


Ecotracker Wildlife Monitoring South Africa

Take part in this unique training course in South Africa and acquire traditional skills in wildlife tracking and essential knowledge of conservation management within 28 days.
Tracking describes the skill and knowledge to recognize, interpret and follow animal signs. Skilled trackers know what an animal is doing – without actually seeing it. In short: Tracking opens the door to hidden worlds.
The art of tracking is one of the most complex skills in the world of wildlife and plays a significant role in the fields of ecotourism, species conservation and wildlife monitoring.
The course is divided into three different phases. In the last phase, you will have the opportunity to take a final exam and depending on the results achieved, obtain a Tracker Academy and FGASA endorsed Tracker certificate.


Apprentice Trails Guide Southern Africa

Do you fancy taking time-out from your normal routine? Are you dreaming about a great adventure in Africa? Then the Apprentice Trails Guide course is tailor-made for you. You will spend 28 memorable days either in the biodiversity of Makuleke, South Africa or Mashatu, Botswana, learning how vital safety is in the heart of the bush. Opt for nature training in a special place which provides the best conditions for an Apprentice Trails Guide course, thanks to the virtually unspoilt environment. Experienced instructors will educate you about the wonders of the African wilderness and help you to improve your Field Guide skills day by day.


Birding in the Bush Southern Africa

The birding course in South Africa and Botswana is a unique opportunity, no matter whether you are a passionate birder, looking to further yourself professionally or personally, or simply looking for a quite unique type of holiday. Open your eyes to African birdlife and get familiar with some of the smaller residents of the African wilderness. Come and discover the unique world of birds in a fascinating landscape with Natucate.


Apprentice Field Guide Southern Africa

This FGASA endorsed, CATHSSETA accredited course is the entry level qualification for field guiding which encompasses vehicle-based guiding in dangerous and non-dangerous games areas. Once qualified, the guide is able to identify and interpret biodiverse elements of the natural environment. The guide will be able to conduct game drives for guests in a limited geographical area. The syllabus covers a broad spectrum of subjects including 4×4 Game Drive vehicle skills specific for game viewing, species identification, and tracking to mention a few.


Apprentice Field Guide Kenya

This is a 55-day field guide course in Kenya's Masai Mara, offering a FGASA-recognized and CATHSSETA-accredited field guide qualification. Participants learn practical and theoretical skills such as wilderness navigation, ecology, animal behavior, 4x4 all-terrain vehicle operation, and species identification, culminating in the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide exam.


Professional Field Guide Course

The one-year Professional Field Guide training course is definitely our guiding course highlight: You will have an unforgettable experience in a unique natural environment and be given the official FGASA endorsed Professional Field Guide certificate. The majority of your trip will be spent under open skies, and every day will bring a new feeling of being close to nature. Take the time to train to be a professional field guide over 12 months.


Safari Guide Kenya

You would love to lead safaris on your own one day and pass on knowledge about the peculiarities of flora and fauna in the African wilderness on to others? The Kenya Safari Guide course will bring you nearer to this goal. Within 28 days you will learn the essentials for coping in Africa’s wilderness. During various theoretical and practical learning units you will deal with Kenya’s nature and explore the African savanna. Your educational wilderness course takes place either in beautiful Mara training centre, situated in the famous Masai Mara.


Safari Guide Southern Africa

In South Africa and Botswana, nature fascinates us with its harmonious interplay of flora, fauna, climate, and nature, in which you will acquire valuable knowledge and useful skills in daily practice. Make your Wilderness Experience amidst the typical landscapes and the breathtaking diversity of the animal kingdom.
The 28-day Safari Guide course in Botswana or South Africa will teach you the basics of African nature not only in theory but of course also in practice. As with all our programmes, the intensive work in and with nature will reveal new facets to your personality and a personal development which will pleasantly surprise both you and others.


Tracking Southern Africa

This course will help you to find your bearings in the African wilderness and will make you more familiar with the animal life in the area. You will deepen your knowledge of the various animals in the region, learn how to recognise their tracks and use these tracks to make your approach. Your survival training in the wilderness will include the traditional know-how of historical hunters and gatherers. This will include teaching about vital subjects such as finding water, identifying edible fruit and laying traps. Come and have an unforgettable adventure in the middle of a unique landscape and acquire traditional know-how in the African wilderness.


Wilderness Trails Southern Africa

This course will provide you with unique experiences in a largely untouched natural environment and will allow you to enjoy your time at the heart of the African wilderness away from the hectic pace of everyday life.
Some of the most experienced guides in Africa will provide you with essential information about how to survive in the African wilderness. This course will also help you to have a better understanding of the landscape and the natural environment. During the day, you and the group will hike through untouched landscapes under the guidance of the professional course leader, where you will learn how to get your bearings and deal with the natural environment. This unique week in the open air will give you an opportunity to get to know the unique range of species native to Africa.