Why it is a good time to become a Nature Guide
As the South African tourism industry recovers from the devastating impact of COVID-19, the opportunities for ecotourism related careers are on the increase. One such career is field guiding or more internationally known as safari guiding.
What is a safari guide?
A safari guide walks or drives safari lodge guests in the game reserve and interprets all elements of nature and wildlife surrounding them. They educate the guests about the large and microscopic elements of the ecosystems, all the while, instilling in them a deeper appreciation of nature and conservation ethics. A role of a safari guide is unique and very diverse. It involves them being a guide, teacher, friend, game warden, doctor, storyteller and sometimes even a cook for guests! Each day in the wilderness is filled with new surprises and experiences.
Why do a wildlife course?
EcoTraining combines the experience of a safari and environmental education into one package. By enrolling for the one-year Professional Field Guide course, students receive the footing and experience they need to follow many other aspirational environmental careers should they choose not to pursue field guiding. This course unlike any other in its calibre is fully immersive in that, students live and learn from remote and prime wilderness areas in well-known reserves, giving students the feeling that they are an extension of nature. The number of enrolments on each safari guide course are kept to a minimal of 18 to 20 per group, ensuring that personal consideration is given to each student to ensure that their full potential is achieved.
If this is not enough, what about our compassion and consideration towards our planet? People need to become aware that the planet is under stress and that we as the human race need to learn how to live within the means of what nature can sustain. By sharing nature’s processes, its ecosystems and the importance of wilderness, EcoTraining seeks to equip people with the skills necessary to effect positive change in the world.
Operating for more than two decades, EcoTraining is a pioneer and leader in safari guide and wildlife training industry in Africa. This programme is built on tried and tested standards and has been designed to supply the safari industry with high-calibre FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern African) endorsed and CATHSSETA (Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority) accredited qualified professional field guides.
EcoTraining combines the adventure of a safari with environmental education into one true wilderness experience. By reconnecting people with nature, we train naturalists, nature lovers, intrepid explorers and aspiring safari guides to become ambassadors of nature. We offer accredited career courses, gap year and sabbatical programmes, nature programmes, high school and university study abroad programmes, custom courses and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges. All of our courses are run directly from EcoTraining’s unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana and Kenya.