If you would love to take safari guests from all over the world on walking and game drive safaris into Africa’s wild places, find wildlife, teach them about the animals and ecosystems, then EcoTraining’s courses are for you.

The One Year Professional Field Guide course consists of 4 to 5 months of theoretical and practical training with our highly qualified instructors. Then 5 to 6 months will be at a lodge to work with experienced guides and lodge managers, developing your newly acquired skills.

On all courses you will learn about geology, ecology, the food web, navigation and orientation, animal tracking, bush survival skills, bird identification, animal behaviour, reptiles, trees, astronomy, guiding skills, sensitive game viewing and much more.

Courses are conducted from unfenced tented camps in South Africa, including the Kruger Park, Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. All teem with the big five, antelope and a huge diversity of birds.


Professional Field Guide – One Year

Field Guide Level 1 (FGASA) – 55 days

Trails Guide – 28 days

Safari Guide – 28 days

EcoQuest – 7/14 days

Animal Tracks & Tracking – 7/14 days

Birding in the Bush – 7 days

Wildlife Photography – 6 days

Wilderness Trails Skills – 6 days

Accredited by FGASA (Field Guide Association of southern Africa)

Specialist courses

Wildlife adventure

Gap year


Accommodation included

Accredited Courses:

Professional Field Guide (1 year), Field Guide Level 1 (55 days), Trails Guide (28 days), Advanced Birding (7 days), Animal Tracks and Tracking (7 days), Vehicle Nature Guide Level 2 – Botswana (28 days), Walking Nature Guide Level 2 – Botswana (28 days).

Specialist Courses:

Safari Guide – South Africa, Botswana, Kenya (28 days), EcoQuest (7/14 days), Birding in the Bush (7 days), Wilderness Trails Skills (6 days), Wildlife Photography (5 days).

People of all ages wanting a better understanding of Africa’s web of life and to gain a greater appreciation for conservation, or someone looking for a holiday with a difference, will return to the “real world” with a different outlook on life after attending one of EcoTraining’s courses. The wilderness areas of this vast continent come alive and the environment is discovered in in an in-depth, exciting and sensitive way.

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