Eco Training Safari Guide Course South Africa

Eco Training short Safari Guide Course South Africa

The EcoQuest course is designed to provide an ecological learning experience by incorporating certain aspects of the 28 day Safari Guide course. It is primarily aimed at those who are looking for a more in-depth bush learning experience, but who do not necessarily have four weeks to break away from work obligations. It consists of two components – learning about the fascinating elements of nature and how each are carefully interconnected to one another in a specific region, while at the same time experiencing some aspects of typical safari guide training.

If you are an adventurous spirit wanting to gain a greater understanding of nature and the environment, whilst experiencing the excitement of the bush, then EcoQuest is for you. If you are a student testing the waters for a career in this field, join this course. In addition, we show you how to drive a 4x4 vehicle, to identify common birds, plants, trees, tracks and how to track game. Some subjects covered on the course

 

  • Ecology
  • Common Trees and Shrubs
  • Animal Tracks and Tracking
  • Bird Identification and Behaviour
  • Course Information
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Astronomy
  • Orientation and Navigation
  • Bush Skills
  • Positioning Vehicle for Photography
  • Correct Use of Binoculars

 

Accommodation

The sleeping arrangements at all our camps consist of  two  people sharing per tent. Single requests are required to pay double rates. Women and men do not share tents unless booked as a couple.

 

Meals

Early morning wake-up    (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal)

Brunch after activity     (cooked breakfast and fruit salad)

Afternoon tea      (light lunch/ sandwiches)

Dinner         (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad)

All course participants receive an EcoTraining certificate of participation.

 

Courses :

6 nights / 7 days

13 nights / 14 days

 

Rate includes:

  • Accommodation (sharing)
  • Meals
  • Tea/coffee and cordials
  • Instruction and training
  • Game walks
  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Sleep outs/ additional activities

 

Rate excludes:

  • Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and
  • after the course
  • Any accommodation before and after the course
  • Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)
  • Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at Makuleke Camp)
  • Botswana border crossing (only applicable if the course is at Mashatu)

 

Camps to chose from :

Situated  between  the  Limpopo  and  the  Luvuvhu  Rivers  in  the  northern  sector  of  Kruger  National  Park  is  the  Pafuri region,  an  area  spanning  24,000  hectares  (59305  acres).  Within  the  Pafuri  area  is  the  Makuleke  Concession,  the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and the most diverse and scenically attractive area in all of Kruger National Park.  The Makuleke concession is not accessible to the ordinary tourist visiting the park. This area belongs to the Makuleke community. This is quite a historical event for South Africa as the Makuleke people were removed from this area in 1968 and after a lengthy process it was finally re-instated to the community in 1998 after a very long struggle. This area is certainly  the  wildest  and  most  remote  part  of  the  Kruger  National  Park  and  offers  varied  vegetation,  great  wildlife  viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger National Park and is filled with folklore of the early explorers and ancient civilizations.

Makuleke Camp

EcoTraining’s  Kruger  National  Park  Camp  is  situated  in  the  Makuleke  concession.  The  camp  is  situated  between  the Limpopo  and  Luvuvhu  Rivers.  This  is  a  true  wilderness  area,  steeped  in  history  and  situated  in  the  remotest  part  of Kruger in one of the most biologically diverse areas. Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly-flowing Luvuvhu River shaded by Nyala trees and fever tree forests and teeming with hippos and crocodiles; to the awesome Lanner Gorge, palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old baobab trees. We employ members of the Makuleke community at our camp and there is a lot of history in the area that is exciting to learn about.

Accommodation - Students are accommodated in comfortable thatched, tented  units placed on wooden decks in the shade of large nyala trees. Each  unit  has an en-suite bathroom consisting of a shower,  washbasin with hot running water and a flush toilet and also has a veranda. We provide learners with bedding (a duvet and a  pillow), but you might  want to bring an extra blanket for the winter months and an additional pillow if you require two. The camp itself is not fenced which means that animals do move through the camp from time to time.

The Communal Area - This area consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

Selati Camp

Our Selati Camp is situated on the banks of the Selati River in the 33 000 hectare (81545 acres) Selati Game Reserve to the west of the Kruger National Park. Selati Game Reserve is a large undeveloped reserve with diverse topography and biodiversity. We are very fortunate to traverse over this vast area of wilderness during our courses. In the east there are large granite koppies (hills), where Black eagles and Klipspringers can be found. The dominant vegetation types are Combretum and Mopane woodland.  This habitat is well suited to the large elephant and giraffe population found there. The reserve is dissected by the Selati River which dries up in winter into large rocky pools of water. These pools are good places to view concentrations of birds and animals such as Nyala. There is a lot of space  to conduct  walks and get a true sense of  wilderness. Special species occurring here include Sable Antelope and Eland. We are also able to visit the Sable breeding programme run by the management of the reserve.

Accommodation - The camp consists of 10 simple dome tents, each with two  mattresses with pillows (two  learners per tent). There are shared  bathroom  facilities  and  a  central  communal  area  overlooking  the  dry  river  bed.  Learners  bring  their  own bedding. Please bring an additional pillow should you require two. There are no mosquito nets at Selati.

The Communal Area -  This area  consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A  clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

Karongwe Camp

Karongwe  Camp  is  on  the  banks  of  the  Karongwe  River  (mostly  a  dry  river  bed)  in  the  9  000  hectare  (22  239  acre) Karongwe Game Reserve, which is to the south-west of the Kruger National Park. Through Karongwe Game Reserve flow three rivers which are tributaries of the Olifants River, carving their way through the bedrock and dividing the reserve. The vegetation of the reserve falls within the  Savannah  Biome of southern Africa with distinct vegetation zones being represented – mixed Lowveld and Mopane bushveld along with grass savannah, riverine vegetation and rocky outcrops. Karongwe has the following habitats: undulating hills and valleys and broad-leafed woodland. We are allowed traversing over most of the reserve, except for one small section in the northern part of the reserve. This is not a restriction at all as it’s quite a small section of the reserve.

Accommodation - The camp consists of 10 walk-in style Meru tents, with twin beds (students share tents) and supplied bedding (a duvet and  one  pillow);  although  you  might  want  to  bring  an  extra  blanket  for  the  winter  months  and  an  additional  pillow should you require two. There are also shared ablution facilities and a central communal area. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 students.  There are viewing decks in the central area of the camp, and many students choose to make the viewing decks their “bedroom” for part of or for the full duration of the course. The camp itself is unfenced.

The Communal Area - This area is  made up of four  tall thatch-roofed open-sided decks which forms a square that encloses an open campfire area. One of the deck structures serves as the open air dining area, lecture room and study area. Two decks remain open to welcome the adventurous who want to spend their nights as close to nature as possible, while the last deck is  the home of the head instructor.

Pridelands Conservancy

Situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, north of the Hoedspruit Airforce base, Pridelands Conservancy, a former hunting farm, presents a magnificent example of intact vegetation of Combretum woodland. In September 2017, the fences between Pridelands and the Greater Kruger National Park (GKNP) have been dropped making Pridelands part of the GKNP (KNP) with an additional 2000 ha of land which extends the habitat for animals Animals found in Pridelands Conservancy:  Since the fences have been dropped, a variety of wildlife from members of the big five to wild dogs and hyenas have been seen on the Conservancy.

Accommodation: The camp consists of  Dome tents (students share tents).

There are also shared ablution facilities with bucket showers and a central communal area.

There is no electricity at the camps  –  paraffin and solar lamps are used for  all lighting and a generator is used to charge camera batteries and cell phones for emergency use. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a  headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an  extra battery operated lamp  if you wish to study in your tent at night.

The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there’s no space for personal items  (drinks, water or other).  There is however a full selection of affordable drinks available at camp.

The generator is for camp use so will thus not be switched on for the sole purpose of charging learner cameras or other equipment. Learners are allowed to utilise it when it is running for camp purposes and need to understand that it is used at own risk.

  • Beverages  : A selection of these are sold from the camp and can only be paid for with cash. There are no credit/debit card or cheque facilities. Cordial fruit juices are served with meals, tea and coffee available throughout the day.
  • Drinking Water : Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.
  • Laundry : A hand washing laundry service is provided at a nominal weekly fee.
  • Game Viewing Vehicles : The game viewing vehicles are open Land Rover TDI’s and Land Cruisers.
  • EcoTraining Staff in Camp : For the duration of your stay,  there will usually  be  a head  instructor,  assistant instructor, camp coordinator  and kitchen
  • and cleaning staff.