ID #4966

Eco-Training, Hazyview, Lowveld, Mpumalanga.

A magnificent male lion walking across the plains, the whooping of hyena (hyaena) at night, star-spangled skies, dusty sunsets, herds of animals.  These are some of the things that attract tourists and adventurers to Africa. However, some want to get more from their African safaris. They want to learn about the eco-systems, animal behaviour, about the plants and the peoples of Africa. The rapid increase in tourism has led to a need for professionally trained guides to lead them into wildlife areas.  Ecotraining was established in 1993 to provide potential guides with the basic grounding, knowledge and professionalism to enter this rapidly growing industry.  Since then hundreds of students have attended our courses. Many have gone on to establish successful careers in eco-tourism.

Eco-Training is owned by Lex Hes and Anton Lategan. Lex has more than 20 years of guiding experience and is a successful wildlife photographer and author. Anton has been a guide in some of southern Africa’s top game lodges and has travelled widely throughout the region. Together they have designed training courses carried out by dedicated professionals.

They offer wildlife and eco-training courses that give students an understanding of the system and its inhabitants. We provide students with practical exposure to diverse aspects of the environment in a Big5 area. All courses are based on our successful 28-day “Certificate in Game Ranging” course which includes:

•    Plant identification, including medicinal uses
•    Identification, ecology and behaviour of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
•    Animal tracks and tracking
•    Communication skills
•    Trail guiding and leadership
•    Basic astronomy
•    4x4 driving skills
•    Rifle handling
•    Approaching dangerous game on foot
•    Guide-client etiquette

The camp is in the northern Sabi-Sand Game Reserve, part of the Kruger National Park eco-system.  Famous for its abundance of wildlife. Apart from herds of impala, zebra, wildebeest kudu and giraffe, lion. Leopard and elephant are regularly encountered near the camp.  Buffalo and white rhino often pass through the area. There is a diversity of plant life as well as a bewildering array of insects, reptiles and amphibians.  More than 200 species of birds have been identified.

Accommodation in a small secluded tented camp beneath shady trees on the banks of the perennial Manyeleti River.  Each tent is under shadecloth and has an adjoining bathroom with shower toilet and washbasin, as well as hot and cold running water. Informal lectures are conducted in the reed lapa. A chef prepares meals daily.

The “Certificate in Game Ranging” is the practical component of Diploma Courses in Game Ranging offered by Allenby College, or as a part time course through Allenby Power Learning.

For those looking for a vacation with a difference, with the opportunity to experience the African bush first hand, on foot or in 4x4 vehicles, they offer shorter courses tailored to meet your needs.  They can vary from 4 to 28 days and are suitable for businessmen, holidaymakers, adventurers and school groups.

Hazyview is on the R40 north of Nelspruit, which is on the N4 east of Middelburg, which is at the intersection of the N4 with the N11. Travel east on the R536 towards the Kruger Gate from Hazyview. The turnoff to Sabie Sands is on the left. ASEcotraining

Contct:            Box 19113 Nelspruit 1200
+27 (13) 744 9639+27 (13) 744 9639 telephone
+27 (13) 744 0953 fax
e-mail: ecotrain@mweb.co.za

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