WPCS 2.1.3
WPCS 2.1.3
Short Course

EcoQuest – 7 days

"An in-depth bush learning experience in 7 days"

Price $1735 USD (See price tab)
Course Type
Short Course
South Africa
7 Nights
14 Nov 2022 — 20 Nov 2022
24 Dec 2022 — 6 Jan 2023
14 Mar 2023 — 20 Mar 2023
2 May 2023 — 8 May 2023
Makuleke Concession Pafuri

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

14 November 2022 - 20 November 2022
24 December 2022 - 6 January 2023
14 March 2023 - 20 March 2023
2 May 2023 - 8 May 2023


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 info@emeraldguesthouse.net


All course participants receive an EcoTraining certificate of participation.


2022 rate per person [6 nights / 7 days] / ZAR25 200

2023 rate per person [6 nights / 7 days] / ZAR26 500

*Please note that the official price for this course is in ZAR as above. Any other currency price for this tour is merely indicative. The ZAR price will be converted to your preferred currency using the exchange rate on the date of invoice.

Rate includes:

  • Accommodation (sharing)
  • Full meals
  • Tea/coffee
  • 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 Scenery
Ecotraining owl tree
Ecotraining Lion viewing
Ecotraining Dome Tent wide angle
EcoTraining Car
Ecotraining banner makuleke
Ecotraining banner elephants
Ecotraining Instructor interaction
Ecotraining TRainer Turtle
Game drive cheetah sighting
Ecotraining Tree ID
Ecotraining walking makuleke

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