“It’s not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild nature fades.” – Clarissa Estes
We hope you have an exciting year ahead of you. We spent New Year’s Eve in the place where we met: In the Ecotraining Makuleke Camp in the far North of the Kruger National Park. While we were driving the old familiar roads and spent hours in the very environment where we trained as guides a few years ago, we were talking about how special that time was and how important for both our understanding of not only the safari industry, but the natural world.
These days, we as humans live so detached from all things natural that it comes as such a blessing to be able to reconnect with the wild and on top of that learn how it all connects and interrelates.
Ecotraining is, in that sense, not only a training provider, but more so a messenger. There are a lot of students in the wild classroom who might never become guides, but will go home after their time off in the bush to set out and follow their true calling in life – but with the values taught during the nature training deeply engrained within them.
If we want to see a future for the natural world, we need to start to care deeply about everything that surrounds us. In order to do so, we need to understand how Nature actually works and what wonders we can find amongst all things wild.
In the end we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand
And we will understand only what we are taught.
– Baba Diom, a Senegalese poet
It is for that reason that we work as agents for the school that taught us so much, because we want as many people as possible to have this game-changing experience!