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Short Course

EcoQuest – 14 days

"An in-depth bush learning experience in 14 days"

Price $2400 USD
Course Type
Short Course
Botswana, South Africa
14 Nights

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.

general information

Why do the course?

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 4×4 vehicle, to identify common birds, plants, trees, tracks and how to track game.

about the school

Operating for 24 years, EcoTraining is the pioneer and leader in safari guide and wildlife training in Africa. EcoTraining is widely recognised by the safari industry for its credibility and standard of excellence in nature guide training. 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 courses are run directly from EcoTraining’s unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. To date EcoTraining has trained over 11 000 people from 33 different countries around the world.

course content

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 NavigatioBn
  • Bush Skills
  • Positioning Vehicle for Photography
  • Correct Use of Binoculars

start dates

24 July 2020 - 6 August 2020
5 October 2020 - 18 October 2020
1 November 2020 - 14 November 2020


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.


  • 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)

The Ecoquest course takes place in one of the following camps (depends on start date): Makuleke, Mashatu or Karongwe.


Departure from Johannesburg (1st day of course)
All EcoTraining scheduled BushBus transfers will depart from the Emerald Guesthouse on the first day of a course. The departure time is strictly 7am from the Emerald Guesthouse
Emerald Backpackers/ Guesthouse: (19 Halifax Rd, Kemptonpark)

Participants flying into Johannesburg (international and domestic) are advised to arrive the day before and overnight at Emerald
Backpackers/Guesthouse to ensure all passengers are on time for departure and the bus leaves as scheduled.
The guesthouse is within close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport and if supplied with your flight details, will collect you at no additional charge. They offer a range of accommodation options, to suit your individual requirements and budget. As the Bush Bus departs early morning from Emerald, overnighting at the guesthouse will help simplify your departure.

Please book directly with Emerald Backpackers/Guesthouse on [email protected]


All course participants receive an EcoTraining certificate of participation.


2019 rate per person [13 nights / 14 days] R34 260

2020 per person R37 686

Rate includes:

Accommodation (sharing)
Full meals
Instructors and Training
Bush walks
Open vehicle drives and specialist trainer/s.

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 the Kruger Makuleke camp)

Ecotraining Elephant in car wide angle
Ecotraining Game Drive Group
EcoTraining Car
Ecotraining hornbill
Ecotraining Campfire
Ecotraining Elephant on foot 1
Ecotraining Makuleke landscape
Ecotraining Tent
Ecotraining TRainer Turtle
Ecotraining Training TRainer Turtle

A career change, a gap year or simply a different adventure?

With courses ranging from a few days to a full year, the education and training programs are suitable for both those who simply want to enhance their safari experience by becoming knowledgeable about the African environment and those that want to prepare for a career in the field.