Known as the pioneer and leader in the field and nature training arena, EcoTraining was one of the first companies to offer formal training programmes for nature guides in Africa, having recognized a need to raise the standard of professional field guide and other nature training programmes.
Since 1993, we have been sending people of all ages into the African wilderness to learn about the environment in exciting, in-depth and sensitive ways and to learn what it takes to be a game ranger or a field guide, or simply to learn more about nature.
EcoTraining’s flagship 55 day Field Guide (FGASA Level 1) course equips aspirant field guides for a career in ecotourism and is also an unparalleled adventure for those taking a gap year. Courses are conducted from game drive vehicles and on foot, often with close encounters with big game – on their terms. Subjects include astronomy, ecology, geology, plant and bird identification, animal tracks and tracking, basic 4 X 4 driving skills, bush survival and navigation, animal behavior, rifle handing, conducting game drives and walks and sensitive viewing of game.
Our highly qualified naturalist instructors are passionate about sharing their knowledge, experience and wisdom with students who attend our courses. In addition, a cook and an assistant keep the students fed and the camp clean, allowing students to focus on the learning experience. Our training takes place at our 20 bed bush camps situated in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya, which collectively open the door to more than a 100 000 hectares of stunning wilderness areas teeming with game, including the big five as well as antelope and a huge diversity of birds.
EcoTraining is endorsed by the Field Guide’s Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and is accreditation with CASSTHETA (Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority)Courses on offer are the One Year Professional Field Guide, the Field Guide FGASA Level 1, the Trails Guide, EcoQuest (Introduction to Nature); Animal Tracks and Tracking, Wildlife Photography, Birding in the Bush; Wilderness Trails and more.
From a Mashatu perspective, the western Motloutse region of Mashatu is devoid of a permanent presence and therefore exposed to the threat of poaching, trespassing and the defacing of the archaeological site known as the Mmamagwa Ruins. As well as securing a permanent presence in Mashatu’s western sector, EcoTraining trains local guides and hospitality staff. Training is predominantly done on foot, so their presence has very little impact on nature.